Well, we’ve had a night to get over our giddy enjoyment of the Libby commutation. We’ve seen W on TV, declaiming the ponderous difficulty of his decision. He looks sober, if not grave, about it, doesn’t he? And that scene would’ve played much funnier if he hadn’t been at Walter Reed, handing out Purple Hearts. The man has all the depth of a horse trough.
The Libby pardon would also be more amusing if Bush wasn’t holding hundreds of people in prison without trial, charge, or the rights to counsel and habeas corpus. And if he hadn’t passed, without comment, on the opportunity to commute the sentences of two Border Patrol agents, each serving over a decade in prison for shooting a drug dealer in the ass.
On Saturday, while Bush was perhaps deep in contemplation of Scooter’s fate, protesters rallied in San Antonio for the release of the two agents.
Waving American flags and chanting “U.S.A., U.S.A.,” protestors angry about the imprisonment of two U.S. Border Patrol agents rallied Saturday, demanding the release of the men and calling for the dismissal of the prosecutor who handled the case.
The demonstration drew about 200 activists to the office lawn of U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, the top prosecutor for the Western District of Texas who won the convictions last year and has become a main target of groups fighting for tighter immigration controls.
I can’t find reference to any comment by Bush on the Ramos-Compean case. And that’s a shame. It’s a travesty of justice and it proves that W didn’t intercede for Libby because it’s fair, but because it appeals to W’s sense of fraternity. Libby is one of his boys; he wears the old school tie, so to speak.
When did the White House become Omega House? Same as it ever was.