Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Just One More Reason

Today’s news tells of W’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence. Commutation beats the pardon everybody was predicting, but it’s still a fairly ample reward for Scooter’s loyal sword fall.

At least his conviction won’t be expunged as it would have been with a pardon, but if we hide and watch for just a little while, I’m sure we’ll be treated to his re-emergence in the next Republican administration. All told, it provides just another reason to consider the entire Bush administration to be the corrupt stinking mess it is.

One pundit I read tried to compare Libby’s “overly harsh” sentence with Bill Clinton’s “evasion of punishment”, saying that both lied under oath and so should be treated similarly. Come on. Clinton lied to try to save his marriage and personal reputation. Libby lied to protect his bosses who had outed a covert agent and program of the CIA to identify and disarm terrorists – an act that should be considered endangering the national security and an act that was done in vengeful retaliation for a truthful report by the CIA agent’s husband that debunked BushCo’s claim of nuclear arms development by Saddam Hussein prior to our invasion of Iraq.

These are hardly comparable offenses. Clinton’s offense was worthy of public censure. BushCo’s offenses are worthy of impeachment, indictment, trial and conviction. This case is just one example of that worthiness.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. -- M. K. Gandhi

Individually we have little voice. Collectively we cannot be ignored.
But in silence we surrender our power. Yours in Peace -- BR

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