Bush to the U.S. – Awww…National Security Ain’t Worth All That
I know I shouldn’t be surprised by the depths of Bush’s disregard for our national well-being, but even I was shocked that he is letting Scooter Libby ignore a court-ordered jail sentence.
“I respect the jury’s verdict,” Bush said in a statement. “But I have concluded that the prison sentence given to Mr. Libby is excessive. Therefore, I am commuting the portion of Mr. Libby’s sentence that required him to spend thirty months in prison.”
Excessive? Really?! 30 months of prison is too great a price to pay for hiding the truth that you used the privilege of your tax-funded office to divulge national security secrets just to get even with someone for uncovering information that, had it not been deliberately covered up by this administration, might have kept us out of Iraq?
I figured Bush would pardon Libby on his way out of office, but I really didn’t think he would just let him skip the clink all together. And he’s doing it despite the fact that every court ruling suggested Libby should do time, including Bush-appointed judges. Is it just me, or does this sort of implicate Bush in the scandal as well? What other reason would he have to commute Libby’s sentence at this time?
The millions of us who have lived through the past 6 1/2 years (yes, we still have a year and half to go) of powerlessness in the face of Bush’s careless disregard of both the legislative and judicial branches of government will pay the price for his flippancy. Not by ponying up the $250,000 that Libby is still fined. (But then again, do any of us believe he will be the one paying that tab?) No, the greater price will be paid in the eye-rolling “whatevers” that result from a generation of voters who haven’t been this disenchanted with government since Nixon was in office. At least Nixon left early!
I like John Edward’s response the best so far:
“Only a president clinically incapable of understanding that mistakes have consequences could take the action he did today. President Bush has just sent exactly the wrong signal to the country and the world. In George Bush’s America, it is apparently okay to misuse intelligence for political gain, mislead prosecutors and lie to the FBI. George Bush and his cronies think they are above the law and the rest of us live with the consequences. The cause of equal justice in America took a serious blow today.” (From TPM Cafe)