Scooter Libby: They Can't Let the Caged Bird Sing
John Colson, writing in the Aspen Times, supports one emerging theory of the Scooter Libby commutation: Bush and Cheney couldn't let a caged Scooter sing:
Cheney, better than anyone, knows what a weak link Libby is. All you have to do is look at the guy to know, without any doubt, that within two weeks of incarceration he would sing like a lark on a bright spring morning. And the notes of his song would not be good for Cheney, Bush or the entire construct of deceit and destruction that the Bush presidency has become.
Libby certainly knows who decided Plame’s identity should be leaked to the media. He certainly knows who was in on the discussions leading to that decision. And he undoubtedly knows where the papers are that could prove any assertions of those points, although it’s entirely possible that Cheney is smarter than Richard Nixon was and already has shredded, electronically scrubbed and otherwise obliterated all the evidence.
The question then becomes:
Once Libby started singing, how long would it be before Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor who convicted Scooter, draws up indictments?
And, once Bush's cronies began singing:
If all the songbirds in the Bush menagerie started singing at once, the resulting cacophony could well be deafening. The venality of this administration has been stunning, to say the least, and the idea that even part of its internal machinations could be brought into the light of day is titillating.
.... Bush, of course, either knows all this or, more likely, has had it outlined in stark terms by Cheney to the point where even The Shrub can recognize the potential for political annihilation when he sees it looming on the near horizon.
I must say, the article has a certain amount of appeal.
Update: Schumer says the Committee may call Patrick Fitzgerald at the hearing and Conyers says there was a suspicion that Libby might flip.
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