President Bush's communtation of Scooter Libby's prison term means that this whole affair is solidified as it was intended: A warning shot to everyone who works in government, particularly to those in intelligence and in defense of this country he purportedly loves and swore an oath to defend. The warning is simple: Do not cross me, for I will punish you and your family. While lying to the country to invade Iraq to depose a dictator who regularly punished the family members of dissenters and enemies, President Bush and/or his underlings outed an undercover CIA agent as an act of political retribution. Instead of discrediting Joe Wilson, whose report started this whole thing, they decided to put his wife, a loyal servant of the Central Intelligence Agency, in mortal danger. What if she had been undercover in Iran, or Syria, or Pakistan? She would have been tortured and executed as a spy.
This is how we treat those who put their lives on the line for our country?
Why yes it is.
The troops fighting the war were sent there as agents of an economic agenda. They were poorly equipped, poorly led, and now that they are coming back injured in droves, their post-tour care is shoddy at best.
But opposition to the President is dealt with swiftly and harshly. No, not as harshly as Saddam Houssein would have dealt with it... But I think in that realm Valerie Plame Wilson just got lucky.
So let this be the warning it was intended to be, all of you who are considering a life of service to your country: Dissent will not be tolerated. And now you don't just have to fear for yourselves, now you have to fear for your loved ones, for they, too, shall suffer the wrath of the
Crossposted to cynicaliberal, _liberal_, newliberal_army, and my personal LJ.