Scooter Is a Casualty of the War?

I’ve heard some lame-ass reasons for pardoning or cutting back on Scooter Libby’s sentence, but this column by Richard Cohen takes the cake.

An unpopular war produced the popular cry for scalps and, in Libby’s case, the additional demand that he express contrition — a vestigial Stalinist-era yearning for abasement. No one has yet explained, though, how Libby can express contrition and still appeal his conviction. No matter. Antiwar sanctimony excuses the inexplicable.


I don’t expect George Bush to appreciate this. He is the privileged son of a privileged son, and he fears nothing except, probably, doubt. But the rest of us ought to consider what Fitzgerald has wrought and whether we are better off for his efforts. I have come to hate the war and I cannot approve of lying under oath — not by Scooter, not by Bill Clinton, not by anybody. But the underlying crime is absent, the sentence is excessive and the investigation should not have been conducted in the first place. This is a mess. Should Libby be pardoned? Maybe. Should his sentence be commuted? Definitely.

The underlying crime is absent because people lied about it, including Karl Rove, and Mr. Libby was either too stupid or egocentric to think that he could get away with it. That he took the fall for others and is going to jail while others are not is not a virtue; it’s testimony to the fact that he’s a loyal crony and now expects mercy because he’s shielding higher-ups.

There are plenty of people who are rotting in jails for lesser crimes who do not get the sympathy and op-eds of the Washington Post, but that’s because they’re not rich white hacks. And if Mr. Libby is going to jail because of a revulsion against the war and the lies and machinations that got us there and for his role in enabling the administration to not only get us into Iraq but to demonize and endanger the life of a CIA covert agent in retaliation for politically embarrassing the White House, well, it’s about damn time someone did.

Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.



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6 responses to “Scooter Is a Casualty of the War?

  1. I love the use of the word ‘sanctimony’ in that first paragraph above.

    ie “Yeah, you were right, okay! You were right all along!!! We were wrong!! But you don’t have to say it!!! And we shouldn’t have to be held responsible! In the slightest!!”

    You know things are getting bad for the other side when the best they can come up with is telling us that we shouldn’t even mention the fact that we were right all along.

  2. JoshWatermanMN

    Scooter Libby, a casualty of war? That is an insult to the men and women killed by the dozens every day in the Bush Crusades. So much for “supporting the troops.”

  3. I saw this op-ed piece this morning, and if I could have crumpled up my monitor and tossed it over my shoulder, I would’ve. Scooter Libby is a “victim” of being a water carrier for one of the most odious people to have ever gotten elected to public office. Cohen has been trying to slither away from his support of the Iraq war for a good while now, but I never thought he’d write something this bad.

    And that odious person was elected, I might add, despite a clear violation of the Constitution. Sure, the Cheney owns land in Wyoming, but everybody and their dog around these here parts that he lived in Highland Park. Same zip code as me, oddly enough. Same state as the Shrub, which is a big no-no according to that paper that’s supposed to be the foundation of our government. He changed his official residence to the Wyoming property for the election, but continued to park his white ass in Texas.

    Make no mistake of it; this administration began office disdainful of Constitutional limitations on their power. The terrorist attacks of 11 September just provided them with an excuse to grab every bit they could hold onto. I’m not going to go all conspiracy-theorist and say they were complicit in those attacks, but they took the opportunity it provided and ran like hell with it.

  4. Arkades

    Scooter Libby is not publicly reviled because people hate the war in Iraq. Scooter Libby is reviled *and* people hate the war in Iraq. Two different phenomena, you see.

    But I suppose if the usual calls of IOKIYAR don’t do the trick, the next best thing is to plop right there on the playground loudly wail that partisan interests skinned your knees. Anything but own up to a criminal coverup that reveals just how callous and inept you are.

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