Count 1: (Obstruction of Justice)… GUILTY
Count 2: (Perjury)… GUILTY
Count 3: (False Statement)… NOT GUILTY
Count 4: (Perjury)… GUILTY
Count 5: (Perjury)… GUILTY
Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was found guilty on four of five counts of lying and obstructing the FBI investigation into the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s identity. For those Bush defenders who continue to insist that the administration did nothing wrong, you gotta ask: why bother conducting a criminal cover-up of something that was perfectly ethical and legal?
President Harry Truman famously claimed as his personal motto, “The Buck Stops Here,” explaining in his farewell address: “The President — whoever he is — has to decide. He can’t pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That’s his job.”
President Bush chooses to echo Truman by ineloquently declaring “I’m the decider” when it comes to the conduct of the war in Iraq and other executive functions, but refuses to take responsibility for his administration’s many missteps, failures and crimes.
In the wake of the Libby verdict, the President owes the American people a personal apology.