George W. Bu__sh__ doesn't even care anymore. At least he used to have the decency to pretend he had some kind of moral compass, but this is a new low (that we know of) in the Bush Administration's campaign of ethical turpitude.
For those who don't know, "Scooter" Libby is the former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, and he's in the "inner circle" of the neo-conservative movement. He was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice when he revealed the identity of a covert CIA agent, when that agent's husband criticized the Bush Administration's stance on Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. Confusing, I know. (You can read more about the "Plame Affair" here.)
Bottom line is, there was a smear campaign to publicly discredit a critic of the White House. That smear campaign was discovered, and all the Big Shots in the Administration (Cheney, Karl Rove) were shielded, and Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison. The sentence was quite heavy, admittedly, and there is heavy sentiment that Libby was just a fall guy for the rest of the administration. Probably true, but now there is no fall guy. Libby is on probation (yes, I'm sure he has to report to a parole officer every week or he gets sent back to prison) and a $250,000 fine, which I'm sure Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh will gladly pay for him. Basically, this says that it's ok to use your power and influence attack critics and get away with it. It's a great message for the country. Great leadership.
Your boy Bush doesn't even care anymore. He probably figures, my approval rating is in the shitter anyway, I might as well let one of my loyal good ol' boys out of prison. I see no justification for doing this other than cronyism and politics. It's beyond transparent. If this were a Democrat or a political critic of Bush going to jail for that long, do you think he would give a commutation of his sentence two-seconds thought? Is this justice? Is this even America?
(And all you idiots who are going to bring up the "well Clinton pardoned like 900 people before he left office" argument, you can save it. What Clinton did was equally deplorable, I've always said that. But no one is talking about Clinton. Besides, wasn't it your boy "W" who promised to bring morals back to the White House?)
Our president and his administration are a world wide joke. Bu__sh__ has made every wrong decision possible. He has disgraced our country in the rest of the world and disgraced himself and his administration within it. But what does he care? He doesn't have to run again. He is the lamest of lame ducks. January 2009 can't come soon enough.
But hey, have a great Fourth of July.