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October 31, 2005

That Scooter Libby Stuff

John Derbyshire, my favorite columnist at the National Review web page--actually the only columnist I care about at that page--repeats my exact thoughts about the Wilson-Plame-Scooter Libby stories. Which is: Why I should give a hoot about any of this stuff? It is very important to some people, but it is not important to me. I am not saying what Scooter Libby did was OK, or that he should not be indicted. If he broke the law, indict him, prosecute him, convict him. Otherwise not. I am just not interested in it.

I am interested in politics insofar as political decisions affect the path of the country--toward peace or war, prosperity or poverty, freedom or authoritarianism, etc. If the absence of Scooter Libby means the troops come home from Iraq, then I care. If no policy is changed, then so what?

One way of separating the stories that matter from the ones the blow away like dandruff: Imagine yourself 20 years in the future, writing a history. Do you include this or not? So far, I would not.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at October 31, 2005 03:21 PM



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