Friday, July 06, 2007

Bush Amazes

Bush Amazes
By Ben Stein
Am. Spectator

This George Bush fellow has major league cojones. It really amazes me.

Start with the obvious: The case against "Scooter" Libby was a total fraud. Completely bogus. The publicity-mad demoness Valerie Plame was not a covert overseas agent at the time the whole megillah about her erupted. So there was no, none, nada, law breaking by reporting that she was a CIA employee.

Second, there was no reason for the special prosecutor, the full on publicity hound Mr. Fitzgerald, to have even gone on with the investigation for a week or even a day. He knew in the first 24 hours who had told Bob Novak that Ms. Wilson was the one who sent her husband, the Democrat operative, de facto if not de jure, Joe Wilson, to search for facts about uranium in a little known African nation called Niger. And Mr. Fitzgerald knew it was not Karl Rove or Scooter Libby. Why then did he continue the investigation and torment the many totally innocent people he tortured? Why did he drive honest civil servants to despair and impoverishment when he basically had no mission?

(And isn't he a lot like a certain prosecutor in North Carolina who pilloried totally innocent Duke University La Crosse players in a totally trumped up, absolutely bogus case when there was no solid evidence against them at all? Is it not frightening what an out of control prosecutor can do in a free country? The wicked man in North Carolina faces prosecution and has already had other sanctions. Is this being considered for Mr. Fitzgerald?)

Third, while prosecutors can do almost anything they damned well please, it is not considered de rigueur to prosecute for perjury in an investigation in which there is no underlying crime. But that's precisely what happened in the Libby case. Mr. Fitzgerald prosecuted for perjury even though there was no crime he was investigating. It was just a mammoth unnecessary, phony fishing expedition to snare Bush operatives that caught Libby. He had been asked countless questions and finally got a few wrong and so the prosecutor sprung.

The judge should have just tossed out the case on the first day of the trial. There simply was nothing there but prosecutorial overreach. But the trial went on. A Washington, D.C. jury -- a pool of men and women who were confused, to put it charitably -- found for the prosecution and then the real evil began.

At the trial, the prosecutor had conceded that there was no underlying crime and that Libby had not "outed" anyone. But then in the sentencing phase the prosecutor completely falsified himself and claimed Libby had done serious national security damage -- by naming an employee of the CIA who was not covert and not overseas, contrary to his statements at trial.

The judge, who must have been a real whiz in law school (yes, I know he was appointed by Bush), sentenced Libby, a first offender who will never be in court again, to two and a half years in prison. It was insane.

Now, enter George W Bush. Desperately wounded by the Iraq War, basically friendless in Washington, D.C., he was not expected to risk one iota of his dwindling political piggy bank to rescue Scooter -- who had, of course, been chief of staff for Bush's Vice President, the cordially disliked Dick Cheney. Why should he? He has enough troubles.

But Mr. Bush saw a basic wrong. A man who should never have seen the inside of a courtroom as a defendant had been pilloried for no good reason and then sentenced to a Stalinist sentence. His basic decency overrode political and PR considerations. He simply did the right thing. He let an innocent man breathe the air of freedom. He used the power of his office to say "enough" to an out of control prosecutor, an out of control grand jury, and an out of control judge and jury. In a simple phrase, once again, he did the right thing regardless of cost.

I am not sure if this was his finest hour, but it was a fine hour.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you ever hear (or read) so funny that made you laugh so hard that you passed milk or as George Carlin would say, a grilled cheese, through your nose? Well, as I was reading this article, the absurdity of it was that funny. It's like Ben Stein is just making stuff up; he hasnt read a newspaper or watched the news. Starting from his first point about Plame not being covert. I really like the paragraph about how Fitzgerald is so like Nifong. And he deserves charges be brought up on him too!

Thanks for making my day.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

I love what Ben Stein had to say in this column. I still think the President should have issued a full pardon, but the White House said it hasn't been ruled out, just that Libby's attorneys haven't applied for a pardon yet.

I sincerely believe, since the President is always villified by his poltical opponents and many who should be his allies, too, that he shouldn't be so careful about the moves he makes. He can afford to make decisions and make statements with more boldness, that express more anger and disagreement with his detractors.

It does my heart good to read an article like this. To know that there are important Republicans writing columns that state unequivocally what a farce this whole case has been.

I love seeing in print what insignificant turds the Wilsons are and the minimizing of Valerie Plame's CIA position. I cannot believe a woman as stupid as she is, was actually undercover. No wonder the CIA has been serving the American people so poorly, look at the substandard personnel they have working for them.

10:23 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Les (anonymous) you are doing the same drive-by you always do: you think something is not true simply because you SAY it is. That's just not good enough here to carry an argument...

11:13 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Great response, Patsy--yes, Ben makes it quite clear.

Perhaps they should arrest Plame's little boy, Les, I believe quite awhile before the present issue he was in an airport and screamed out so all could hear 'my mommy is a spy!' LOL! (Now THAT'S funny!)

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just in case someone hasn't heard this let me give you a possible reason Bush held back on a full pardon.

The commutation kept Scooter out of jail. If Bush had pardoned him, Scooter wouldn't get to go through the appeals process. This is the only way to be fully vindicated, and if Scooter gets a fair judge this one's gonna be a slam dunk.
When he's victorious with the appeal it will end up on Page 62C in the NYT's and not even appear on the nightly news. That job has fallen to talk radio and US!


4:07 PM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

It never ceases to amaze me how the Left rejects a common, knowable, absolute truth, and then tries to convince others that their own personal fantasies are nothing less than a common, knowable, absolute truth.

There was no crime.
There was no damage.
There was no covert agent.

And the Left will have the authority to chastise Bush over this the instant they endorse investigating the New York Times for endangering national security -- in short, never.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russet you have a way with words!


7:11 PM  

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