Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Sunday, June 17, 2007

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.


Anonymous Paul said...

Cinnamon do not look for GWB to pardon Libby. He doesn't need that headache with his current problems.

Sunday, June 17, 2007 5:26:00 PM  
Blogger GM Roper said...

Cinnamon, I don't get to A.I.M. often enough and would likely have missed this. Thanks for catching it.

Paul, GWB could hardly hurt himself if he did the right thing, the left hates him, and right now, the center and the right aren't too fond of him either. ;-)

Sunday, June 17, 2007 5:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Bruce Chilton said...

Lying in testemony to a Federal Grand Jury is not a crime?
What planet do you live on?

Monday, June 18, 2007 6:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Uncle Mike said...

Catch up, bruce. It's only a crime when Democrats do it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007 7:49:00 AM  

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