Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Why I am disappointed in the matter of L. 'Scooter' Libby

I was out of pocket last evening, so I've only done required reading this morning...

L. Scooter Libby is a decent man. A dedicated employee, he performed admirably throughout his career.

In the matter involving the leaking of Valerie Plame's name, who allegedly was covered by covet status in the CIA, after a thorough investigation, no such crime was found to be committed. In fact, to this day, no Court has ruled that Ms. Plame was, indeed, a covert operative at the time in question when her name was published.

If you can demonstrate that a cover-up can exist when no crime was committed, I am interested.

I was hoping for Mr. Libby's appeal to play out, because I remain optimistic the result would have been acquittal, and this render any discussion of his pardon as OBE. In issuing the commutation, President Bush made a logical decision but did it in an unfair manner.

In order to pardon Mr. Libby, as so many have called for over the last few months, Mr. Libby would have had to accept responsibility for his crime, and an admission of guilt1 . Clearly, if he was guilty of no crime, no such admission could be offered. Waiting for the appeals process to acquit him (hopefully)was the only route, as the pardon would be the last resort.

President Bush did the best he could do, under these circumstances, in that it is uncertain if an Appellate Court will hear Mr. Libby's case. Perhaps before he leaves office, Mr. Bush can fully pardon the man who has done so much good for his Administration, and has done so little wrong.


1 Wikipedia: Pardon

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