When I listened to Joe Wilson Tuesday night he had a cigar in his pocket. He didn't know when or if (though he foresaw the indictments) he would need to celebrate, but I hope today Mr. Wilson has thoroughly enjoyed that cigar.
Today, if anyone hasn't already noticed, Scooter Libby, chief-of-staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was indicted by a federal grand jury. Libby was indicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements. And for those of you who need some background information, Ambassador Joseph Wilson was sent to Niger on assignment by the White House to investigate allegations that Iraq was buying uranium from the African nation of Niger. Wilson has been adamantly opposed to the war in Iraq and frankly the current Bush administration. In what some view as a response to his opposition (or as Wilson himself calls "tawdry political payback"), someone in the office of the Vice President and possibly including Mr. Karl Rove leaked the identity of Wilson's CIA agent wife, Valerie Plame, to the press. Long story short and slightly biased...in the name of loyalty to the administration Libby and Rove compromised the identity of one of their own.
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby has officially resigned. The Washington Post reported on the President's comments earlier today: "While we are all saddened by today's news, we remain wholly focused on the many issues and opportunities facing this country," Bush said. "I got a job to do, and so do the people who work in the White House." He did not take any questions from reporters.
Does resigning admit guilt? No. I have actually been thinking a lot lately about the act of resignation and I think it's quite similar to that wonderful quote from the '76 film Network: "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Resignation does not reflect guilt, but reflects an unbelievable amount of frustration and irritation. One resigns because there are bigger and better things to move on to. One resigns because they foresee a storm ahead. One resigns just because they're as mad as hell. Scooter Libby is a brilliant mind, possibly a criminal for the moment, but I don't blame him. I'm sure the administration asked for his resignation, as I've learned recently from The West Wing, they had to and I'm sure he did this out of loyalty. Loyalty is the answer to every question about this case.
I realize that I'm a Democrat and have little faith in the honesty and ability of this administration, but I believe that wrong was done here by Scooter Libby and Karl Rove. There isn't a doubt in my mind about it. I also realize that Wilson has taken his 15 minutes of fame and stretched it. Why the hell else would a man like that be in Pocatello, Idaho at Idaho State University on a Tuesday night before a Friday when the vice president's chief-of-staff was indicted for obstruction of justice?