Tuesday, July 03, 2007

What absolute bullshit

From LA Times thanks to Juan Cole:
WASHINGTON — President Bush wiped away the prison sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on Monday, calling it an "excessive" punishment for a "first-time offender with years of exceptional public service."

On the day that Libby's last bid to stay out of prison was rejected by an appeals court, Bush said he had decided to act — not by pardoning Libby of his crime, but by commuting his 30-month sentence. Bush's action spares Libby from prison, but it does not erase Libby's felony conviction for perjury and obstruction in the CIA leak case.

It "leaves in place a harsh punishment for Mr. Libby," Bush said in a statement, including the likely loss of his license to practice law. Libby also faces a $250,000 fine and two years' probation.

Yeah, harsh punishment a label and an early retirement. Libby gets off scott free and we're supposed to feel he's been punished. atrios has good comment on this too(oops, that's NOT Atrios).

Oh and don't forget the photo of Bush before the announcement:

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