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October 31, 2005

The Scooter Significance

A reader writes about the previous entry, in which I asked, Why should I care about all this Scooter Libby stuff:

Are you using your brain?

The longer this war drags on the more relevance this story will have. 20 years from now when people ask why we went to war I suspect this "less than shining moment" will undoubtedly come to the surface. Remember The Gulf of Tonkin? I do. We have the right to know when our leadership is deceiving us in order to serve their own purposes. As long as there are Americans dying for an unjust cause, I believe that we should be questioning every decision this administration makes.

Or, if we use your logic - maybe we should just look the other way and just let President Bush do whatever he thinks is right while we wait for some exciting story to come along. What country should we invade next? Hmmm...

Think before you write!

My reply:

My brain rebels at thinking about this case very much. But let's try. I'm against the occupation of Iraq as much as anybody, and was against the war since Bush first suggested it. I don't think it is in the national interest. But this isn't about that. It's a case about some White House guy named Scooter, who most people have never heard of. He is accused of lying to a grand jury and federal investigators about how, and when, he learned the identity of a CIA agent. What difference does it make to the planet Earth whether this Scooter fellow lied or didn't lie about how he learned the identity of a CIA agent? The occupation of Iraq is either justified or it is not, and this case won't change that. It either continues or it does not, and this case won't change that, either. Suppose Libby is convicted. Now suppose he gets off. I am bored already.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at October 31, 2005 05:27 PM



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