It’s nothing personal

Cheney’s statement on Bush commuting Scooter Libby’s sentence:

“Scooter has dedicated much of his life to public service at the State Department, the Department of Defense and the White House. In each of these assignments he has served the nation tirelessly and with great distinction. I have always considered him to be a man of the highest intellect, judgment and personal integrity — a man fully committed to protecting the vital security interests of the United States and its citizens. Scooter is also a friend, and on a personal level Lynne and I remain deeply saddened by this tragedy and its effect on his wife, Harriet, and their young children. The defense has indicated it plans to appeal the conviction in the case. Speaking as friends, we hope that our system will return a final result consistent with what we know of this fine man.”

“Personal integrity… friend… on a personal level… this tragedy… this fine man.” Cheney makes it personal. He makes it sound like it’s about Libby and what kind of man he was and what this will mean for his life.

But it’s not personal. If Libby had been convicted of shady real estate deals or embezzlement, it would be about him, but it’s not. This has nothing to do with what kind of man Libby is. It has everything to do with what kind of administration we have.

Libby’s crime was the crime of this administration. The crime of endangering those who risk their lives for this country. The crime of lying to Congress, other countries, and the American people. Of lying to start a war that has so far killed over 3500 Americans and God knows how many Iraqis.

That’s what makes Bush’s action so offensive. If he’d commuted the sentence of one of the standard stock of corrupt republicans, like maybe Duke Cunningham or Tom Delay, it would have been insulting and showed no respect for ethics or the law. But it would have been personal.

Libby’s crime is Bush’s crime, so in commuting the sentence – and possibly pardoning – Libby, Bush continues the criminal behavior that he, Cheney, and the entire administration are guilty of.

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1 Comment

  1. Jenn said,

    July 3, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Did you see Olbermann’s interview with Wilson?



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