Rove Dodges The Bullet
Whatever tremendous pressure the White House applied to special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, it has apparently worked. Bush's evil eminence and puppetmeister Karl Rove has been officially informed that he won't be charged in the Valerie Plame leak scandal, so it looks like he's home free and Jug-Ears can still hear his master's voice whispering into his ear from the little black box under his jacket whenever he goes on stage. Rove can now devote his time to stopping Democrats from capturing the House or Senate in this November's elections, so they don't get subpoena power which they might use to embarrass the neo-cons.
It looks like the Valerie Plame scandal has now been "contained" and limited to Vice President Dick Cheney's Jewish former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who has been indicted on five counts of perjury and obstruction of justice.
There is a remote chance that Libby, whose lawyers do seem to be actually putting up a fight for their client, might try to drag in Cheney himself--his attorneys have dropped some heavy hints in that direction. Apparently they're engaging in a subtle form of blackmail, "Ease up on Scooter or he'll bring the rest of you bastards down with him." But now that Rove is out of the crosshairs, Libby has a lot less leverage, and he may well be induced to fall on his sword and plead guilty "for the good of the country." Thus we will lose one more precious opportunity to find out just how we got into this endless war in Iraq, and just who the hell is running things in the White House.
Forbes Magazine reports that "Fitzgerald has been investigating whether senior administration officials intentionally leaked the identity of CIA undercover operative Valerie Plame in retribution because her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, sharply criticized the administration's pursuit of war in Iraq...Rove, who most recently appeared before a grand jury in April, has admitted he spoke with columnist Robert Novak and Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper in the days before they published Plame's name in July 2003."
Plame's identity was exposed eight days after her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, revealed that the U.S. government had manipulated prewar intelligence to exaggerate an Iraqi nuclear threat. In other words, the neo-cons responded to a critic by putting his wife in danger of her life and by compromising a member of their own intelligence services for politically partisan motives.
Neither Scooter Libby nor Karl Rove will ever see the inside of a jail cell of the kind reserved for poor white boys. That's too much to ask, and everyone knows it. But a public trial, which the administration seems to be going out of their way to head off and prevent, would at least partly rip the veil of secrecy off the men who have been running this country for the past six years and who have given George W. Bush the well-deserved reputation of being the worst president in American history.