Monday, July 09, 2007

Omertà

It seems to be commonplace amongst Americans that Bush commuted Libby’s sentence in order to protect the Bush Administration from Libby spilling the beans.  I think this is a misunderstanding of how a criminal organization like the Bush Crime Family operates, and a misunderstanding of what Libby was really up to.  Just like the Mafia, the Bush Crime Family owes much of its success to the fact that everybody keeps their mouth shut.  A consigliere like Libby keeps his mouth shut because he is a man of honor who follows the law of omertà.  The deal has always been that Libby would lie in order to protect Cheney and the Bush reelection campaign.  In return, Libby could use whatever arguments he could to beat the rap, failing which, Bush would do whatever was necessary to keep Libby out of jail.  The commutation was a wrinkle caused by the judges who didn’t allow Libby’s lawyers to delay his going to jail long enough to wait for a politically opportune time for Bush to issue a pardon.  Bush kept Libby out of jail because that was the deal he made with Libby, and that is the kind of promise a man of honor keeps.  Libby couldn’t talk about anything because he is still working for Israel, and anything he might say could reveal his true motivations, and thus would be harmful to Zionist Imperialism. 

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