The Plame Game Has Run Its Course

With the commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence, and now the dismissal of the Plame lawsuit against the Bush administration, surely even the most diehard conspiracy theorist can see that this thing is now officially over: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by outed spy Valerie Plame and her husband against Vice President Dick [...]

The Libby Commutation: The Best Possible Outcome

It’s official: Scooter Libby will not go to prison. President Bush today commuted the prison sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Vice President Cheney’s former chief of staff, sparing him the 30-month term to which he was sentenced last month for lying to federal investigators about his role in the White House leak of a [...]

And You Thought I Could Resist This?

Okay, it’s Hitchens, first of all, and the subject is the absurdity of the Scooter Libby affair, in the second place, so the odds that I wouldn’t blog it are Slim and None – and Slim just left town: If Scooter Libby goes to jail, it will be because he made a telephone call to [...]

Free Libby? Yes, Says William F. Buckley

The grand old man of the Grand Ol’ Party speaks: The talk about a pardon for Lewis Libby is food for thought. Partisans are grateful that there is time, even if not much time, to think, pending the appeals that are under way challenging the conviction at a technical level. There isn’t much to hope [...]

Plame – Covert Status Proved At Last By Prosecutor’s Bald Assertion

Was Valerie Plame covert? (Ye gods, this again?) Well, the lefty blogosphere is abuzz with the final ‘proof’ – proof that consists of an assertion by the prosecutor in a court filing: Newsweek has an interesting view of the law, and the usual suspects amongst the lefty bloggers are falling in line behind it – [...]

A Most Unwelcome Return…And A Very Welcome Departure

He’s back, unfortunately: Moqtada al-Sadr is back. After months away from the public eye, the young firebrand participated in Friday prayers at a mosque in Kufa, Iraq. “No, no to the unjust! No, no to America! No, no to colonialism! No, no to Israel! No, no to Satan,” he said, according to AFP. Sadr renewed [...]

Fitz Splits, But The Plame Remains The Same

Sorry, Fitz fans, but Patrick has declined to appear before Congress.  Never fear, though: shrinking violet Valerie Plame took a break from the Vanity Fair cocktail circuit to explain how her life has just been ruined, ruined, I say: Valerie Plame, the CIA operative whose outing triggered a federal investigation, appeared before the committee and said [...]

So What’s The Release Date For The Next Democratic Plan In Iraq?

And when does it get out of beta testing? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, her party deeply divided and holding only a narrow majority, faces long odds in passing legislation that would bring troops home from Iraq before the 2008 presidential election. Pelosi, D-Calif., has pitched a plan that would fund the war in Iraq but [...]

The Case For Pardoning Libby

From Michael Kinsley: We now know that several people in the Administration told several journalists that Valerie Plame Wilson was CIA. We also know that most of these conversations were part of a concerted effort by the Vice President’s office to spin the Iraq war. If not illegal, this certainly was not attractive. And, as [...]

Was Valerie Plame Covert?

The truthful answer: you don’t know.  I don’t know.  Dan Froomkin doesn’t know.  And the Minute Man doesn’t know, either – but he can tell you why you don’t know in case you’re under the illusion that you do…


What in the hell was Jim Hoagland thinking? Is the vice president losing his influence, or perhaps his mind? That question, even if it is phrased more delicately, is creeping through foreign ministries and presidential offices abroad and has become a factor in the Bush administration’s relations with the world. “What has happened to Dick [...]

Novak: Sorry End To A Sorry Affair

Here’s Robert Novak’s take on the Libby verdict: The Libby trial uncovered no plot hatched in the White House. The worst news Tuesday for firebrand Democrats was that Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald was going back to his “day job” (as U.S. attorney in Chicago). With no underlying crime even claimed, the only question was whether [...]

Pardon Libby? What’s The Rush?

President Bush is wisely keeping his cards close to his vest right now regarding any possible Libby pardon: President Bush said yesterday that he is “pretty much going to stay out of” the case of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby until the legal process has run its course, deflecting pressure from supporters of the former White [...]

A Call For Libby’s Pardon From…A Libby Juror?

Yep, you read that right: Saying “I don’t want him to go to jail,” a member of the jury that convicted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby of perjury and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak case called Wednesday for President Bush to pardon Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff. The woman, Ann Redington, [...]

Pardon Me, You Left Your Tears On The Jukebox…

…and I’m afraid they got mixed up with my perjury conviction. Wow! Was that weak or what? But all the good pardon jokes have already been taken.  With all the buzz about whether George W. Bush will pardon Libby (answer: yes, he will, provided Libby loses his appeals – or earlier, if he’s forced to [...]

It’s An Outrage, I Tell You!

Clarice Feldman is just a teensy bit upset about the Libby verdict: I call for justice for Scooter Libby because he has had none in this ridiculous matter. var zflag_nid=”598″; var zflag_cid=”14/4/1″; var zflag_sid=”1″; var zflag_width=”300″; var zflag_height=”250″; var zflag_sz=”9″; But at whose door do I stand to shout my curses? Joseph Wilson and Valerie [...]

A Sensible Reaction

Contrast the hyperventilating, broad, Greenwald-like response of the New York Times to the Libby verdict (detailed below) to that of the Washington Post, and you’ll see once again why the Times has little appeal beyond Manhattan liberal circles and why the Washington Post continues to rapidly eclipse it in the credibility department: THE CONVICTION of I. [...]

Like Shooting Fish In A Barrel

Yesterday, I wrote the following: The New York Times editorial tomorrow will make Frank Rich proud – it will cover all the things the trial did not, as the Paper of Record tries to spin an obstruction of justice and perjury conviction into a sweeping indictment of the Iraq War, the Bush Administration, neocons, and [...]

Whither Cheney?

Byron York on the Libby verdict aftermath: What is next? Libby’s—and Cheney’s—enemies have always hoped that a guilty verdict would result in Libby flipping, in fingering the vice president for some still-unspecified crime for which Cheney would then be tried and convicted, or, even better, impeached and removed from office. “Mr. Libby, are you willing [...]

And The Winner (So Far)…

…for most hyperventilatingly overreaching reaction to the Libby verdict goes to (drum roll, please!) – Howard Fineman of Newsweek: The stunning, vehement verdict in the Scooter Libby trial—that he lied, repeatedly, big time—isn’t really about Scooter Libby at all. It is about how and why we went to war in Iraq, and about how Vice [...]