It’s terribly sad that this sorry-ass editorial was published in the Washington Post. A snip:
The fall of this skilled and long-respected public servant is particularly sobering because it arose from a Washington scandal remarkable for its lack of substance. It was propelled not by actual wrongdoing but by inflated and frequently false claims, and by the aggressive and occasionally reckless response of senior Bush administration officials — culminating in Mr. Libby’s perjury.
Yu can read a rebuttal to the editorial here.
The irony is that the Washington Post was the newspaper that broke the Watergate scandal. And in those days, Nixon supporters dismissed the Post as a partisan rag just trying to stir up trouble, and the whole scandal as much ado about nothing. You can still find recent comments calling Watergate a “second-rate burglary” (which is an upgrade from third rate).
But the burglary by itself was not the scandal. There was a lot more to it, including illegal campaign contributions, wiretapping of reporters, and cover-ups.
Just so, the Libby verdicts by themselves are only a clue, not the whole picture. It’s a shame the Post can’t see that.
Reactions to the verdict all splitting along partisan lines — the wingnut Right versus everybody else. I submit three samples for the honor of Dumbest Wingnut Editorial on The Verdict — from American Thinker, the Opinion Journal, and the New York Post. I’m not even going to comment.
It’s time for President Bush and Vice President Cheney to come clean about their roles in the White House’s outing of a CIA agent and the ensuing cover-up.
It’s actually long past time. But with former vice presidential chief of staff Scooter Libby’s conviction on charges of perjury and obstruction yesterday, the stench of corruption has taken formal residence at the White House.
Please read the whole thing; it’s excellent. I should note that Froomkin writes for Washingtonpost.com.
“Libby Lied, Troops Died” by Sidney Blumenthal
“Is Libby Taking a Fall for the White House?” by John Dickerson
“Lies About Crimes” from The Guardian
“The Cloud Over Cheney,” The Boston Globe
“A Libby Verdict,” The New York Times