The former Chief of Staff for the Vice President, I. Lewis Libby, was convicted today by a jury of eleven on four counts of felony crimes, including lying to the FBI and obstrution of justice. Yes, it’s terrible that the Vice President of the United States gave aid and comfort to the enemies of America by blowing cover on one of our spies, and that the Vice President of the United States ordered his staff to take the fall for his crime. But it’s a great day because finally one of those guilty staff members has been caught, and convicted, and now awaits his punishment. As the Rude Pundit (caution, much graphic and scatalogical profanity) has said, I can’t imagine that federal prison will be kind to a man who lets other men call him “Scooter.” I think he should get the full 25 years.
That is, of course, unless Scooter might want to offer to give prosecutors some evidence about someone higher up the food chain. Someone who ordered him to lie. Someone who ordered him to obstruct the investigation for as long as possible. Someone like the Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney.
As others have pointed out, one of the known consequences of Valerie Plame’s private identity becoming very public was that her cover story, working for a company called Brewster Jennings, was also exposed as a CIA front. In their CIA roles, Brewster and Valerie were experts on Iraq military and weapons. In the weeks before the invasion, Brewster Jennings discovered and intercepted a shipment of WMDs bound for Iraq. And for anyone keeping score at home, they captured the weapons in Turkey. This is where the Siebel Edmonds story ties in.
All along, Libby’s defenders have spun this story as the result of an attack on Joe Wilson because his role in disputing the Administration’s justification for war was the one receiving public attention. Perhaps it’s finally worth asking now whether Plame and Brewster Jennings might have been the prime target all along, and Joe’s editorial just provided a convenient excuse to destroy the only source of reliable information that could contradict the WMD story that Cheney so desperately wanted to be true.