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Re: Re: Re: Sorry, John

If I may intrude on the rhetorical badminton match between John and Quin, the main thing about the Scooter Libby prosecution is that — as once was said of the Whitewater scandal — it was a cover-up in search of a crime. The whole theory of prosecuting Libby was that he supposedly had been acting on orders from his boss, Dick Cheney, who was believed to be ultimately responsible for an illegal “leak” involving Valerie Plame.

That “leak” was reported by Robert Novak, who has explained that it didn’t come from Cheney or Libby, but from former State Department official Richard Armitage — on the afternoon of July 8, 2003, as Novak places it rather precisely in his memoir, The Prince of Darkness.

It is by no means clear that it was a crime to tell Novak that retired diplomat Joe Wilson got a CIA assignment (to investigate British intelligence reports that Iraq had sought uranium ore from Niger) through the urging of his wife, a non-covert agency employee. But if it was a crime, it was committed by Armitage, not Libby. The only purpose of prosecuting Libby was to attempt to implicate Cheney, who seems to occupy in the minds of some liberals the role of Darth Vader in the Evil Empire of the Bush administration.

Whatever the truth of any specific allegations against Libby, the larger and far more significant truth is that he was a scapegoat who was crushed to satisfy the vindictive impulses of Wilson, Plame and their admirers.

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