Another Commutation

If you have been as speechlessly inarticulate as I have over Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's completely legitimate sentence, you will want to be aware of this additional act of cowardice on the part of this rogue administration.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “Another Commutation”

  1. Richard Armitage “leaked” Valerie Flames name. But in your heart of hearts you feel it would be just to let Libby sit in prison for 30 MONTHS along side Joseph K?

  2. Jose, the real comparison is not — as you claim on your blog — to Clinton’s pardons, or even to Nixon’s, but to Bush the First’s pardoning of Cap Weinberger & the Iran-Contra gang. As for Scooter sitting in the slammer, I can think of few things that would give me more satisfaction as an American who believes in the Constitution. Either equality before the law means something or it is just a piece of pretty rhetoric. Your analogy to Kafka is also off the mark: Libby knows exactly what he did & entered into this dark system as a happy warrior on the side of power. Joseph K was caught up in the nets of authority without any comprehension of his supposed crime. Oh, finally, your use of scare quotes around the word “leaked” gives the game away. Only those without any intellectual honesty — real skank brains — continue to hold that Plame — was your spelling of her name some kind of joke? — was not a covert agent burned for petty partisan purposes. So, Jose, you came around the blog & asked a question. I gave you my answer. I don’t see any point in being tolerant of lies — Libby’s or yours.

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