A man of the highest intellect, judgment and personal integrity.

Libby sentenced to 30 months in prison
White House reels as Libby gets 30 months
Jail sentence for ex-Cheney aide

President George W Bush feels “terrible for the family, especially for his wife and kids,” said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.

Less so for his maiden aunt.

Eh, George W Bush doesn’t feel terrible at all, for that would require the ability to empathise with others, and we all know he suffers from antisocial personality disorder. He feels empathy for no one. But I’m sure he feels gratitude and relief, as does Mr. Cheney, that their man has remained tight-lipped, and is going to take a fall for them.

Vice-President Cheney said his former aide’s prison sentence was a tragedy. “Scooter is also a friend, and on a personal level [my wife] Lynne and I remain deeply saddened by this tragedy,” he said in statement.

More lies. See above. Tragedy, eh? Iraq is a tragedy. Sentencing Libby to 30 months is comedy. I’m laughing because I know he won’t actually spend a day in prison. Now that’s funny, wouldn’t you agree?

In a statement issued by the White House, Mr Cheney stood by his former employee as “a man of the highest intellect, judgment and personal integrity“.

Cheney is a man of the lowest intellect, judgement and personal integrity. Did I mention he is also a coward?

Yesterday 160 letters to the judge were made public, many of them from members of the Republican establishment arguing that Libby’s record of public service entitled him to the lesser punishment of probation. Among the letter writers were Donald Rumsfeld, the former defence secretary; General Peter Pace, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; the former United Nations ambassador and Iraq hawk John Bolton, as well as the former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

Also included were letters from Darth Vader, Pol Pot, John Bolton, Torquemada, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Henry Kissinger, Donald Rumsfeld…

Calling for leniency – probation rather than prison – his lawyer, Theodore Wells, called him an exceptional public servant. He read out excerpts from letters by more than 100 figures, including Paul Wolfowitz, another neoconservative, who was forced out of the World Bank presidency last month.

… Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, The Boston Strangler, The Hooded Claw, Michael Ledeen, El Diablo, Joseph McCarthy, The Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, a letter of praise from Caesar…

The key uncertainty now is whether Libby will be sent to jail at once, or allowed to remain free pending the outcome of the appeal, which was filed immediately. Judge Walton will rule on that issue next week. His decision could leave Mr Bush facing yet another very awkward decision.

Never a bad thing to leave the decider with an awkward decision. “What would happen if I burst the balloon…”

The verdict could further damage the already-diminished reputation of the Bush administration, especially if president George Bush opts to pardon him rather than see him go to jail.

Can the Bush administration be damaged any further? Can it possibly sink any lower? And do you think if it were possible that Dubya would even notice, what with him in Europe busy recreating the Cold War?

“People who occupy these types of positions, where they have the welfare and security of [the] nation in their hands, have a special obligation to not do anything that might create a problem,” Judge Walton said in delivering the sentence.

Judge Walton addressing Cheney through Libby. Cheney outing Plame through Libby. Libby is a conduit.

It is respectfully my hope that the court will consider, along with the jury verdict, my whole life,” Mr Libby said in a brief final appeal to the judge.

Pride of the Yankees. Be careful what you hope for, Mr. Libby.

J.K.

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One Comment on “A man of the highest intellect, judgment and personal integrity.”

  1. Nemici says:

    bravo, a great post. laughed, cried (with joy) and laughed once again. Then finished reading it and burst into laughter again.(although as said – he wont spend a day behind bars – better a roadside checkpoint in Basra ?)


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