Everyone's favourite fall-guy went up the river today, getting 30 months in jail and a $250,000 (US) fine. Libby received the sentence for lying to prosecutors over the disclosure of covert agent Valerie Plame's identity, allegedly to punish her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Wilson had revealed that US intelligence on Iraq's nuclear program was flawed.
While Libby was definitely guilty of lying, and having the nickname 'Scooter', this whole thing is a bit unsatisfying. It's hard to think justice has been done when the real culprits- the aptly named 'Dick' Cheney and Republican jackass-in-chief Karl Rove- are swilling champagne together somewhere after running another savage burn on democracy.
I have no idea why Americans aren't in the streets over this. Dick Cheney broke the law, and his morally circumspect but largelt blameless aide took the fall. How can this man be allowed to stay in office? When will his sneering, greedy mug be purged from the public consciousness? Not soon enough.