Saturday, October 29, 2005

So much for the GOP and that "personal responsibility" thing.


I'm reading the following:

Lewis Libby, who resigned on Friday as Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, said he believed he would be found innocent of the charges against him in the CIA leak investigation.

"I am confident that at the end of this process I will be completely and totally exonerated," Libby said in a statement issued by his lawyer, Joseph Tate.

I'm curious -- has any member of this administration accepted any responsibility for the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame? Every public pronouncement regarding Libby has been along the lines that he's a noble and tireless worker for the American public, that he will be missed, etc., etc. Not a hint that he's a sleazy traitor that deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his life.

And, keep in mind, this has nothing to do with "innocent until proven guilty." He is guilty -- it's been established beyond any doubt, based on his statements under oath, that he lied to federal investigators. That's not even part of the debate any more.

So where's the personal responsibility? Where's the accountability? Is there a single right-wing blog that has accepted that Libby broke the law and should go to jail?

This really is the administration that, in the eyes of its adoring groupies, can do no wrong, isn't it? Well, except for that Harriet Miers thing.

1 comment:

Evan said...

"He is guilty -- it's been established beyond any doubt, based on his statements under oath, that he lied to federal investigators. That's not even part of the debate any more."

It's part of the debate because we have heard only the prosecutorial side. American jurisprudence requires that the defense be able to cross-examine and refute prosecutorial witnesses. Mr. Libby's legal team has not had that opportunity yet.

On a personal level I tend to agree with you, but as a believer in law I think we have to go the whole way with this and nail him to the wall legally at trial.