In this insightful Salon.com piece on Bush administration figures who’ve written in support of former Cheney advisor Lewis “Scooter” Libby (you have to go through their ‘click on sponsor’ page), Sydney Blumenthal offers this damning insight on the lengthiest of those letters of support, written by World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz:
“Unintentionally and foolishly, Wolfowitz has hanged the guilty man again. Wolfowitz’s defense of Libby is composed with the same care and skill that Wolfowitz brought to the invasion and occupation of Iraq, creating the opposite effects of what he desired.”
Blumenthal’s point is that one of Wolfowitz’s points of praise for Libby is that he at one point worked hard to prevent the disclosure of the identity of a covert CIA operative. If that line is true, as seems likely, it follows that one of Libby’s chief lines of defense, that he didn’t understand the seriousness of what he was doing by revealing that Valerie Plame worked for the CIA, is not credible.
Here’s an idea for Wolfowitz’s next job: defense lawyer for all neocons implicated in scandals/crimes. With any luck, the prosecution won’t have much work to do…