So George Bush takes advantage of the groundwork put in place by the Libby Lobby and builds on the story that Richard Armitage (whom he refers to as “that person”) is the only one in the administration that exposed Valerie Wilson’s identity as a CIA agent (because as aficionados of right wing logic will have no trouble accepting, this act means that Karl Rove and Scooter Libby could not have also done it too, and at the same time absolves them from legal culpability when they did).
It’s nice that he thinks the decision to commute Libby’s decision is “fair and balanced.” Bush could have pardoned him outright but he decided to accept the decision of the jury with regard to Libby’s essential guilt. Because he felt the sentence imposed by Judge Reggie Walton was too harsh, however, coming down as it did right in the middle of the sentencing guidelines, Bush wanted to make sure Libby didn’t pay an excessive price for being hounded by partisans looking to criminalize politics. Presumably this means by Bush appointee Patrick Fitzgerald and Bush appointee Reggie Walton. Fortunately as president he has the ability to commute Scooter’s sentence at the point he thought Libby had served a “fair” amount of time. Coming when it did, we can safely infer that “fair” means no time at all.
Are you with me? Good. Because Bush wonders what would have happened had the leaker, whom we all know to be Richard Armitage and nobody else, had told the truth at the beginning of the investigation in 2003. Which, in fact, Armitage did, it was Karl Rove and Scooter Libby who lied, but they weren’t as we all know leakers so don’t mind that. Just because nit-pickers like Marcy Wheeler keep trying to aggravate the situation by pointing out that in the fall of 2004 Armitage and Novak’s statements still did not match up it’s no reason why Fitzgerald did not drop his investigation before it actually began despite the fact that he didn’t know at that point whether Armitage had deliberately leaked Valerie Wilson’s identity to Novak or not.
Anyway, Bush says it’s time to move on. I think I speak for many when I say I’ll be ready to do that around the time I’m ready to get over what happened in Florida in the 2000 election, or the hundred soldiers (not to mention the untold number of Iraqis) dying every month in Iraq because these clowns can’t seem to do much well besides wipe their ass with the Constitution.
Do you suppose he can follow that?