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2005.10.30

Libby, Libby, Libby, Miers, and Anybody's Guess

Col. Austin Bay's Post-Indictment Pre-Mortems post is the best round-up of well thought out reactions to the Libby indictment I've seen anywhere. Read it, and don't overlook Uncle Jimbo's comment explaining why we can be certain that Lyin' Joe Wilson's wife was not a covert agent at the time her name was first made public. btw, here's the missing link to Uncle Jimbo's post on the subject on his blog. 

Jack Kelly:


Scooter Libby evidently lied to the FBI and the grand jury about how and when he learned that Valerie Plame worked at the CIA, which he shouldn't have done. But the indictment strikes me as pretty lame. There apparently was no underlying crime, so it's a mystery to me why Libby should have lied. ...


Dafydd ab Hugh's The Dog That Didn't Bark post is enough to leave me quite confident that we won't see Rove, Cheney, or anyone else indicted over Plamegate at some later date.

Don't miss The Commissar's related post here or Jeff Goldstein's here.

Michael Barone:


Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, has been indicted for perjury, making a false statement, and obstruction of justice. Evidently, this is for not testifying that he had heard from Cheney that Valerie Plame was a CIA employee. This is a serious charge. I have long said that I would be astonished if someone as smart and savvy as Libby had testified untruthfully. So I am astonished now. There was nothing legally dubious about Cheney disclosing this to Libby. Both had the highest possible intelligence clearances. So it is puzzling that Libby apparently didn't testify truthfully or fully about this.


As I indicated in an earlier post, I won't shed any tears for Libby -- As far as I'm concerned he sold his soul to the devil by helping get Marc Rich off the hook back during the Clinton administration. The only thing that saddens me about the way the whole thing turned out is that no one found a way to lock up Joe Wilson.

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Don't miss Jack Kelly's Miers Nomination post-mortem here.

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Ed Morrissey has a great "Where do we go from here?" post here.

Hugh Hewitt makes an excellent case here for promoting J. Michael Luttig from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court. I hope Bush is smart enough to listen to some good advice this time.

Patterico's optimistic Bush will do a much better job this time around.

Rand Simberg wants it to be Ann Coulter. I love his reason.

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