Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Scooter the scapegoat

To the surprise of practically no one outside the Bush administration, VP Dick Cheney's former flunky Lewis "Scooter" Libby was convicted today on four counts in the Valerie Plame outing scandal — one count of obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury, and one count of lying to the FBI. (Is that last one even a crime?)

What Scootergate proved — if indeed it proved anything — is that the present administration has gone to every extreme possible to manipulate information at the expense of those who disagree with Bush/Cheney policy. It also proved that the Prez and Vice Prez have no compunction about hanging their subordinates out to dry after they've exhausted their usefulness. Just ask Colin Powell.

Scooter Libby took the legal bullet for the team — specifically, for Cheney and Bush's hatchet man Karl Rove. But I'll bet he doesn't get so much as a thank-you or a fare-thee-well from his former boss.

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