Liberal Media Starts Rationalizing
From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal
Fitzgerald on Friday said pro- or anti-war folks should not look to his investigation to answer these types of questions. Sorry, that can't be done. No reasonable person could look at what amounts to an investigation into a coverup and not ask why it was so important to cover anything up.
Actually, if one wants to think beyond the "Hate Bush" ideology, it's easy to figure it out. It's called political retribution. Plain and simple, the Administration used the media to attack someone they didn't like. Just like administrations have for years.
From the NY Times:
And as absorbing as this criminal investigation has been, the big point Americans need to keep in mind is this: There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
There were WMD found, they were just in small quantities, like the three dozen or so artillery shells found by the Dutch troops. And the other question would be, if Saddam really did destroy them all, why not just provide the proof? Sure would have saved a lot of trouble. Hell, we'd have probably had a hard time keeping the sanctions and no fly zones intact.
The LA Times added:
Those charges are at once disappointing and inspiring. They do not go to the heart of the matter Fitzgerald is investigating — namely, who leaked Plame's identity, or even whether doing so was a crime. What they do show is the rule of law working to hold officials accountable to the public they serve.
Actually, if he wasn't indicted for the crime of leaking her name, it seems pretty obvious it wasn't a crime. The indictment basically says he's the guy who gave out her name to the press, but that charge isn't in it, so you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out.
For a more measured and logical conclusion go to the Washington Post... Did I just type that???
The public record offers no indication that Mr. Libby or any other official deliberately exposed Ms. Plame to punish her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. Rather, Mr. Libby and other officials, including Karl Rove, the White House deputy chief of staff, apparently were seeking to combat the sensational allegations of a critic.