One small conviction against the Bush administration, one giant step for justice. For those of us who have been following the Libby perjury case, this conviction brings a huge sigh of relief, if not outright joy.
Sadly, though, I can't help but wonder at prosecutor Fitzgerald's remarks, "As far as I'm concerned, this legal proceeding is closed." Perjury and obstruction of justice somehow seem tiny in comparison to what really must have gone on--treason, retaliation at any cost against those not supporting the build-up to the Iraq war. An administration lurking under a black cloud of secrets and machinations, with the details left for mere historians to sort out.
My intuition tells me Libby was thrown to the dogs to keep them busily away from further delving into the deliberate lies and fact-fixing to trump up a case for war on Iraq. If there were no Libby to take the fall, wouldn't there have to be a top-to-bottom investigation that would necessarily reach to the Vice President and the President? Wouldn't that mean treason charges and impeachment? Will Democrats in power accept Libby as the sacrificial pawn who protected by diversion and simply call the case closed? Will we ever understand how the Bush administration created a war to suit their needs out of nothing?