Pardon vs. Exoneration in the Libby Case
I have been just one of many conservative journalists and bloggers to imply that President Bush should pardon Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney. Sending a man to prison for a crime he didn't commit is a grave injustice indeed. Not to mention the media manufactured basis for the entire case, which turns out to be one of the biggest nothing "scandals" in history.
But Accuracy In Media analyst Roger Aronoff makes a very convincing case, in an AIM Special Report on the subject, that "exoneration, not a pardon, would better serve Libby, history and justice." An earlier report on the Libby/Plame morass co-authored by AIM editor Cliff Kincaid points to machinations within the CIA to do damage to the Bush administration as the possible motivation for the case, and this latest report elaborates on that theme.
While the pardon vs. exoneration jury is still out for me (and I highly doubt President Bush will try to effect either outcome), I will certainly be watching and waiting to see what comes of Libby, not to mention our justice system. Both deserve much better than this pitiful spectacle.
Update: As pointed out in the AIM report, the blog JustOneMinute is providing full coverage of the Libby case. Check it out.