“I’m finding a lot of things funny lately. But I don’t think they are.” – Ellen Ripley (From the movie “Alien: Resurrection”)
Was reading a “funny” article earlier today about the White House response to the Clintons’ criticism of President Bushs’ commutation of Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence (wow that was a mouthful!!):
Scott Stanzel, a White House deputy press secretary, said that, “When you think about the previous administration and the 11th-hour, fire-sale pardons … it’s really startling that they have the gall to criticize what we believe is a very considered, a very deliberate approach to a very unique case.” – [Yahoo/AP]
The article goes on to describe how White House officials compared the commutation of “Scooter” Libbys’ sentence to the 140 or so odd pardons granted by former president Bill Clinton just before he left the office.
OK. Now I’m neither a politician or a lawyer, So I’m not going to even attempt to navigate the minefield that is the relationship between the White House and Mr. “Scooter” Libby, but I can certainly see a big difference between a pardon granted to a “fugitive financier”, and that of a government agent who’s position was such that any irresponsible actions could very well compromise national security, and in so doing, the safety and well being of the American people.
Not to mention that, according to the article, there is apparently no legal language that allows a person that has served no time to be given a probationary sentence. Maybe I’m just be being sensationalist. Or splitting hairs. But something smells fishy. And it’s overpowering the salmon I had for dinner. I’m calling shenanigans. How ’bout you…?
White House reacts to Clintons’ comments – [Yahoo/AP]