"The commutation is a subversion of justice at least the equal of Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre, and done for the same reasons. Bush does not want further investigation, most importantly, any investigation that might come close to himself. It has nothing to do with mercy for Libby. Scooter just got paid for his silence and dissembling. After all, a deal’s a deal.
If anything, this is a further warning to those with access to confidential information, protected identities, or clandestine activities. Any act that threatens Cheney’s or Bush’s agenda will be ruthlessly and personally attacked, without regard for the consequences. The administration will protect its own when it has to, and do what it pleases to sustain it’s power and authority.
Beyond my agreement with the commenters, I find myself in the odd and unique point of agreeing with the Washington Times. I was under the impression that the commutation of a sentence required it being commuted into something else, rather than nothing. Not a lesser sentence, not an equivalency where the time might be served differently or by additional fine or longer probation. No, what was decried as an excessive sentence was commuted to nothing. And who else amongst us might be able to expect such a grant of mercy?
With this act, Bush has placed himself above the interests of the nation. He has demonstrated his disdain for the law, his contempt for those who serve the nation faithfully in difficult circumstances.
I share the colonel’s certitude that Libby will be pardoned before Bush leaves office. Bush may also find it advantageous to pardon himself before he relinquishes his purple robe.
Now, on Independence Day, I wonder if we have lost the Republic. We celebrate the event, but do we really think of what it means? This simple act of coming together, seeing ourselves, and rededicating the nation. I’m trying to understand the service my forbearers have rendered in peace and war, from the Revolution onward, and whether I deserve to stand in their company; am I equal to their contributions in defense of the nation and the Constitution?
I fear, with utter certainty, that the need for such devotion and sacrifice has not diminished. But I also have faith that our great and strong nation can weather this abuse, repair the damage, and make certain that we will not repeat the mistake.
It’s a cookout for me today with close friends. Then wandering in the throng and looking for a good spot. But I’ll be thinking of y’all when the fireworks go off!" Jon