Lessons from Libby verdict
President Bush’s approval rating is 33 percent, six out of 10 Americans disapprove of the war in Iraq, and Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, was convicted in the CIA leak case.
The Libby verdict casts a dark shadow on an already beleaguered White House and further questions the Bush administration’s use of flawed intelligence to make its case for invading Iraq.
Although Libby obstructed justice and lied under oath, the trial revealed that Libby was the “fall guy” for Cheney, who asked Bush to declassify an intelligence report so that Libby could leak it to the press. If Cheney had one shred of decency, he would resign.
Evidence in the Libby trial disclosed the Bush administration’s continued policy of corruption, secrecy and deception. This is another black eye for the White House, which has lost credibility at home and around the world.
Regarding “Crimes catch up with Libby” (3/7 editorial) and your comment, “The country is left to wonder how President Bush and Vice President Cheney could have entrusted a man like Libby with so much authority”: I believe the country’s wonder is how they were conned into electing Bush and Cheney. Libby lied to protect Cheney; that was his job.
Bush and Cheney cannot be believed or trusted.
Ralph T. Whiteside
Democrats show hypocrisy
The hypocrisy from the Democrats never ceases to amaze me.
All the talk on the Hill is about the possible pardon of Lewis “Scooter” Libby and how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is demanding that President Bush pledge not to pardon Libby.
When Harry Reid is the president of the United States, he can then decide who does and does not get a pardon.
When William “Slick Willy” Clinton left office, he pardoned over 100 people. This list included people that were convicted of tax evasion, cocaine trafficking, securities fraud, mail fraud, counterfeiting, firearms violation, armed robbery, racketeering and many other crimes. This list can be found at www.usdoj.gov/pardon/clintonpardon_grants.htm.
Reid needs to worry about the legislative branch that he is a part of and not the executive branch.