10/22/2005

Daily Kos: Raining on the Fitzmas Parade

Raining on the Fitzmas Parade
by Armando
Sat Oct 22, 2005 at 01:32:53 PM CDT

Via Billmon and Gilliard, John Dean forecasts rain on the Fitzmas Parade:

It is difficult to envision Patrick Fitzgerald prosecuting anyone, particularly Vice President Dick Cheney, who believed they were acting for reasons of national security. While hindsight may find their judgment was wrong, and there is no question their tactics were very heavy-handed and dangerous, I am not certain that they were acting from other than what they believed to be reasons of national security. They were selling a war they felt needed to be undertaken.

In short, I cannot imagine any of them being indicted, unless they were acting for reasons other than national security. Because national security is such a gray area of the law, come next week, I can see this entire investigation coming to a remarkable anti-climax, as Fitzgerald closes down his Washington office and returns to Chicago.

Well, I think Billmon and Steve are more likely correct than Dean. Target letters and and the rest of it points to something happening. Moreover, the idea of the leaking of a CIA operative as being in the furtherance of national security is absurd it seems to me. I think the case is about national security. That's what makes it serious. But not the furtherance of it, the undermining of it for political purposes. So I don't find Dean convincing on this.

But Dean is a very smart man. So an addition of caution in your Fitzmas plans seems in order.

Daily Kos: Raining on the Fitzmas Parade

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