Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Pardon Libby now

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has been found guilty of two counts of perjury, one count of making false statements and one count of obstruction of justice. He escaped another charge of lying to the FBI. He could end up with a couple of years in jail, or nothing if Bush pardons him, which he should do without delay.

Libby's "crime" was basically in being the one that didn't get away from the wide net cast by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald, like all special prosecutors before him, was simply not going to give up until he bagged somebody, anybody, in the trumped-up case of outing CIA agent Valerie Plame. Every top Washington journalist - Bob Woodward, Walter Pincus, and Glenn Kessler of the Washington Com-Post, David Sager of the New York Times, Evan Thomas of Newsweek, and Robert Novak all said under oath that they heard of Plame's identity from someone other than Libby. Yet, Libby was accused of lying to law enforcement. More than likely, the whole non-case slipped his mind. It would have slipped all our minds were it not for the pure hatred that exists for the Bush administration in the left-leaning media.

What's really disturbing is the amount of coverage that the Libby trial received, while Sandy Berger's theft and destruction of classified national security documents registered barely at all in the media. Nope, no bias here.

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