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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

When it says Libby Libby Libby

in the paper paper paper
Cheney's aide aide aide
did the caper caper caper

According to the NY Times, the Veep from the Deep's chief of staff Scooter "Scooter" Libby has released Time magazine reporter Matt Cooper, as well as two other journalists, from confidentiality agreements. This allowed Cooper to testify before the grand jury investigating the Valerie Plame scandal. He was being threatened with 18 months in jail for refusing to disclose his source.

This to me suggests several things. First, Libby was the one who made the leak, at least directly. Second, he was covering for Cheney and Karl Rove. Third, the special prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, now knows for sure that it was Libby. Fourth, Libby has agreed to take the fall for Cheney, Rove and Bush. Fifth, Libby will deny their complicity in the affair. He may have to serve a few weeks at some country club minimum-security prison, but will be amply rewarded with a pardon after the election and a high-paying job at the Carlyle Group or Halliburton. Sixth, Bush 41 will come up with some lame excuse for why Libby isn't the "most insidious of traitors," as he said a few years ago about those who disclose the names of CIA agents. Seventh, Libby's indictment won't push the swiftboat nonsense off the front page.

(For those younger or with fewer TV hours in their history, many years ago there were ads for Libby brand foods which had a jingle like this: "When it says Libby's Libby's Libby's/On the label label label/Something something something something/On your table table table.")