So Scooter Libby gets 30 months in prison for obstructing a federal investigation into the Valerie Plame leak case. But the man he was protecting, Dick Cheney, roams free to play with his new grandchild and to tell anyone who will listen that the time is ripe for a U.S. military attack on Iran. The $250,000 fine the judge also slapped on Scooter is chump change compared to the multi-million dollar book deal that awaits him upon release.
During the Republican presidential debates, Sam Brownback and Duncan Hunter said they would pardon Libby but offered no viable reason for it other than the fact that he is a fellow Republican. Evidently, Republicans are very tough on crime unless they are the ones committing it.
And Rudy "Thank-God-George-Bush-is-President" Giuliani says he believes the 30-month sentence is excessive, and "argues in favor of a pardon." Naturally, Rudy would like to see Scooter cleared since he would hate to have a federal prosecutor nose around his "business" ties with Bernard Kerik. As mayor of New York, Giuliani was in a perfect position to throw lucrative "security" contracts to companies connected to Police Commissioner Kerik in what appear to have been thinly veiled kickback schemes.
At the time of 9/11, Commissioner Kerik was too busy swapping bodily fluids with the puff publisher Judith Regan in their secret taxpayer-supplied lover's lair to pay much attention to the "security" of New York City, other than to reap a personal fortune from the tragedy.
(Not since Tristan and Isolde was there ever a more poignant love match than Bernard Kerik and Judith Regan: "So through the eyes love attains the heart/For the eyes are the scouts of the heart.")
Rudy convinced President Bush to appoint Kerik Secretary of Homeland Security until Kerik abruptly withdrew his nomination after only a week fearing his organized crime connections might surface during his confirmation hearings.
Kerik has since vanished like a ghost from Giuliani's past, rubbed out as thoroughly from the public mind as the late Jimmy Hoffa.
The judge in the Scooter Libby case received letters in support of Cheney's former hatchet man from Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz. That's kind of like John Gotti getting letters of recommendation from Sam Giancana, Johnny Roselli, and Tony "Big Tuna" Arcata.
Scooter Libby is the first convicted felon from the inner sanctum of the Bush White House. Let's hope that he will not be the last. Shouldn't Cheney share the prison cell of his former underling for his role in driving the country into war based on lies and deceit?