CLICK TO READ: TomPaine.com - Libby's Lying Habit by Dennis Kelleher:
Kelleher: "Yesterday's 'Why Would Libby Lie?' explored why Libby might have lied months after the leaking was done: to prevent a scandal from breaking out in the weeks before November 2004, which would have threatened the president's re-election. But why, in the summer of 2003, leak in the first place? Why plan a sneak attack on Wilson, and why out his CIA-operative wife?
To answer those questions, we have to revisit what was happening when the leaks occurred. "
The Unknown Candidate: Based on this article, one can only conclude that Scooter Libby's leaks and lies indicate a pattern of deception designed to conceal the actions of the White House.
Kelleher: "So when Americans look for an answer to the question, why did the White House not directly and publicly rebut Ambassador Wilson’s claims, the answer they will find, the answer that the prosecutor is bound to find, is that they could not. Wilson was right: the “intelligence related to Iraq’s nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.” This is now indisputable: Iraq didn’t seek nuclear materials from Niger; it didn’t have weapons of mass destruction; and the claims in the president’s State of the Union were baseless. It appears that Cheney and other senior administration officials knew this was false at the time these claims were being made.
And that’s why it's not just Rove who has to go."
The Unknown Candidate: Makes a whole lot of sense, doesn't it?