Scooter Libby: “Back in 2003 There Was More That Might Have Been Done”

Someone decided now was a good time to roll out Scooter Libby to complain about stolen elections and Iranian nukes. The whole thing was basically an unmitigated blowjob — thanks Monica Crowley!

Crowley: I know that you had been working on the Iraq surge, before this ridiculous politically motivated case against you derailed your effort and actually set back the Iraq surge um, program, for a lot of years and probably cost us a lot of lives and time in Iraq. Since you were one of the early leading authors of the Iraq surge, give us your read about the surge in Afghanistan and do you think it will work, especially under the guy [inaudible] General Petraeus.

To his credit, Scooter (I feel justified in calling him Scooter, since Crowley does) noted that the surge sort of postdated his departure (by a year). He did poof up Petraeus. And he pivoted it back to Iran, and Iran’s nukes…

Crowley: That absurd, political witch hunt that you were subjected to during the Valerie Plame case, your sentence was commuted, but you never did, in fact, get a pardon. Are you still hopeful that eventually you might get a pardon?

Scooter: Well, um, I worked 13 years, maybe 12, something like that, for the Federal Government on national security. In that time, I met Czechs, who had had their lives stymied under communism. I met Kurds who had suffered under the atrocities of Saddam Hussein. I met American families who had lost kids overseas. I learned two things from this. One is the world’s not just. And the second is it doesn’t do a lot of good to whine.

Now, Scooter seems uninterested in relitigating his conviction for lying to protect his boss, Dick Cheney. Interestingly, though, a key point of his appearance — given its focus on Iran’s purported nukes — was to suggest that back in 2003 more could have been done to prevent Iran from getting nukes. You know. 2003. The year he outed a CIA spy trying to prevent Iran from getting nukes?

Maybe the thing to do in 2003 would have been not outing one of the women hunting down those nukes?

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  1. phred says:

    Well, now that we know the Torture Team has been recycled back into the CIA via contracting gigs, Jay Bybee is on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Yoo and Condi are killing time sorting their academic sock drawers, and now Scooter is being rehabilitated by the MSM, one can rest assured that with all that looking forward business, Obama has just been a placeholder, killing time until Cheney, Inc. reconstitutes itself and marches onward across the globe…

    Heckuva job President Pinhead.

    • brendanx says:

      I’d like to console myself with the fact that Libby is thus far limited to “The O’Reilly Factor”, but that’s probably whistling past the graveyard. You’re right: Obama really is a “placeholder”. I’m not eager to see Gates retire; we’ll probably end up with Lieberman as Secretary of Defense.

  2. john in sacramento says:

    Who the ef is Monica Crowley?

    And is she angling for the Airhead Asskisser Spokesmodel (ASS) Hall of Fame? With comments like

    Crowley: I know that you had been working on the Iraq surge, before this ridiculous politically motivated case against you derailed your effort and actually set back the Iraq surge um, program, for a lot of years …

    and

    Crowley: That absurd, political witch hunt that you were subjected to

    • bmaz says:

      Total neocon right wing conservative spokesmodel (pretty cute one too). Not nearly as stupid as most of them though, but she is a true believer. Worked for and worshiped Nixon in his last days. Kind of a female Kristol maybe.

      • PJEvans says:

        Well, that explains why she’s treating Scooter like he actually is useful for something other than holding down a stack of papers. /s

        • BoxTurtle says:

          Scooter is to Dick what Gonzo is to Bush. Both served their masters well, both kept their masters unindicted and out of court. I would question his utility even as a paperweight, but then I don’t need someone to fall on his sword to cover my butt.

          Boxturtle (It’s sad that we got closer to justice with him than anyone else)

          • bmaz says:

            No, I was thinking and talking about Monica Crowley.

            Crowley began written correspondence with former President Richard Nixon while attending Columbia which led to the two meeting. She had the opportunity to continue her education at Villanova University but instead accepted a position as a research assistant for Nixon.[1] Nixon praised her “natural ability for foreign policy” and promoted her to Foreign Policy Assistant in 1990. She was an editorial adviser and consultant on his last two books, Seize the Moment (1992) and Beyond Peace (1994). She held the position until Nixon’s death in 1994. Crowley used this period to record her conversations and observations about Nixon (she kept a diary), and she published two subsequent books on the former President in his final years: Nixon Off the Record: His Candid Commentary on People (1996) and Nixon in Winter (1998).

    • Phoenix Woman says:

      The irony of these statements of hers that you highlight is (drumroll, please) — she was one of the lead hunters in the anti-Clinton witchhunts of the 1990s! Honest, she was.

      As late as 2005, she was still shoveling bullshit in the name of trashing the Clintons with regard to Bill’s presidency. And of course her trashing of the Clintons continued well after that point. In fact, Media Matters has assigned her a tag of her very own, she shovels so much shit. Like this, for example.

  3. godistwaddle says:

    When Scooter hangs next to Bush, Cheney, Powell, Rice, et. al., I’ll think about obeying laws I find inconvenient.

  4. skdadl says:

    I just realized who she also is. She is the [sexist expletive suppressed] who appeared in an infamous Faux News pile-on against the Canadian military last year — she tosses in a comment, eg, about Canadian soldiers needing to take time off to get manicures and pedicures. (There’s a link to the Red Eye vid to the right and down a bit at the CBC site.)

    That apparently sodden group did that a day or so before four more Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. Our normally pallid defence minister actually managed to protest quite well, and it’s a cold and frosty Friday in hell when I admit that Peter MacKay, aka Minister Dress-Up, does anything well.

    Cute? She’s a [sexist expletive suppressed].

  5. klynn says:

    Lets put this MSM BJ into perspective…

    I think we will see a great deal of Scooter as a November 5 release date of Fair Game approaches.

    He will create a disinformation campaign prior to the movie release here.

    New Zealand (in one month), Norway and France have October release dates.

    The movie will have a second viewing at another film festival, tomorrow, September 9th in France (Deauville American Film Festival).

    I think EW should get a private viewing of the film with Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Joe Wilson (since it is based on his book) and of course, Valarie Plame Wilson. I bet Jane could arrange it.

    I would love a Plamologist critique of the film.

    • klynn says:

      And let me note, I guess it takes almost 8 weeks to accomplish a disinformation campaign since the movie opens as a limited engagement here in the US on November 5th.

      The best part will be the “global” buzz as the movie opens elsewhere in October.

      Perhaps in October an Aussie journalist should think about those torture photos again. It would make a nice sidebar story to a opening premiere story about the film. After all, there is the need to address the false war and it’s impact when you learn about the Plame outing.

      Yes, Plame wrote the book, Fair Play but the screenplay is influenced more by Joe Wilson’s book, The Politics Of Truth.

  6. TarheelDem says:

    Let’s not make the mistake of thinking that Scooter Libby actually cares about US national security.

    Yeah, Scooter, we should attack Iran because you and John Bolton say so. You two are such foreign policy geniuses.

  7. Watt4Bob says:

    Truly frightening moment, Faux Nuts stirring racial hatred on the one hand and rehabilitating traitors on the other.

    You may remember I wrote a diary on the reasons that FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds’ allegations frighten us, that is because we understand at some deep level that it may be too late to save our republic from the evil bastards who’ve hijacked it.

    Seeing Scooter being stroked by one the Faux Nuts babes is a clear case of adding insult to injury.

    The gang of NeoCons that Scooter was busy protecting were not only leading our country to war, but were also making a lot of money selling our nations nuclear technology to our enemies.

    Sibel Edmonds stumbled upon their crimes and the full force of our government has done everything in its power to silence her ever since.

    So here we are, Scooter and the boys on the rise once more and we’re still too frightened to focus on who and what we know them to be.

    Mr. President, you do understand that they’re not going to put themselves in jail?

  8. brendanx says:

    None of it is too subtle, but I like the implication that the commutation (by an unnamed agent, of course) of the sentence somehow amounts to vindication after the trial by jury, er, I mean “witch hunt”.

  9. SaltinWound says:

    Do we really know Plame was hunting down nukes? I have never known exactly what she was doing, although she seems to have been involved with Operation Merlin, which may have backfired and accelerated the Iran nuclear program. Just because Libby is a bad guy does not make it easy for me to trust Plame or the CIA.

    • BoxTurtle says:

      Possibly. More likely, he’s angry because he’s got that felony conviction on his record that Bush didn’t pardon away.

      Boxturtle (Supposedly, the lack of a pardon really poisoned the Bush/Cheney relationship)

  10. Knoxville says:

    Maybe the thing to do in 2003 would have been not outing one of the women hunting down those nukes?

    Get with the program, Marcy. Crowley totally covered Libby’s conviction in the Valerie Plame case in the interview. Obviously, she didn’t repeat “ridiculous,” “politically motivated,” “absurd,” “political witch hunt” when talking about it enough times for the rewrite to sink in. As Libby pionted out, there’s no justice in the world if he doesn’t get the pardon that Crowley thinks he so obviously deserves!

  11. joanneleon says:

    The Bush war criminals have been coming out of the woodwork lately, and not just on Fox News. The 8/31 Iraq deadline brought them crawling out of their spider holes and into the TV studios. I’m not that sure about CNN but MSNBC had at least one war criminal per day on for about a week.

    I agree with Jeremy Scahill who said about the neocons: “They shouldn’t be able to leave their houses without being confronted for the death and destruction that their lies caused.”

  12. plunger says:

    Monica + Blowjobs.

    They just go together like, well, stenography and plagiarism.

    Not unlike Hannity (suspicions re: death of his assistant), Monica seems to be a right wing mouthpiece (pun intended) despite a would-be-career-ending faux pas:

    Crowley was accused of plagiarism in 1999 for an article she authored entitled “The Day Nixon Said Goodbye”, which appeared in The Wall Street Journal. After accusations of plagiarism from at least one reader, the “Journal” published an acknowledgment of “striking similarities” between Crowley’s article and an article by Paul Johnson entitled “In Praise of Richard Nixon”[2] that had appeared in the October 1988 issue of Commentary. A Journal editor stated, “Had we known of the parallels, we would not have published the article.”[3] While acknowledging the “clear similarities in the language” between the pieces, Crowley said “I have wracked my brain, and I can honestly tell you that I have not read [Johnson’s article].”[3] An article in Slate detailed five specific passages in Crowley’s article that contained identical language and phraseology to Johnson’s piece

    When you need a tool working for you (the CFR) inside the beltway or the media, you can always rely on the ones whose careers you can destroy if the normal course of action were followed in the aftermath of their misdeeds.

    Jim Cramer, Larry Kudlow, etc. – all guilty of prior sins – all prominently featured spewing the AGENDA to the sheeple.

    Blackmail by another name.

      • BoxTurtle says:

        Last I heard she was in London, with a degree from a British university. She appears to be trying to avoid publicity and get at least a little bit of privacy back.

        Boxturtle (She was NOT invited to Chelsea’s wedding)

  13. ewor says:

    Monica is the angry pannelist on Mc Glaughlin Group. She works for the Washington Times( eh gads like NYPost) and is a vitriolic tea partier witch. Of course she loves republicna criminals.

  14. Winski says:

    ALL of them should be in a outdoor-only detention camp in Utah. ESPECIALLY Crowley… Oh when the winter comes….Har… Har… Har…

  15. Mary says:

    You mean she didn’t lead off with asking Scooter whether investing in Goldline was a great idea, a really great idea, or a really really great idea?

    Or whether, even though he didn’t get his pardon, he’s proud that at least his country got its honor restored and he and Dick can now fully reveal their pre-eminent role, with Glenn Beck, in the civil rights movement?

    No questions about how much money Hudson lost with Madoff? Or whether the same guys that hired Doug Feith made the decision to invest with Bernie?

    Did she ask whether or not Libby thought that she was as good a venue for him as Russert had been for Cheney?

    Any questions about what it felt like to leak classified disinformation to Judy Miller and see it go right up on the front pages of that liberal rag, the NYT?

    I’m guessing she didn’t ask if he and his Hudsonite, Feith, were planning on going over and doing refugee relief work for all the Iraqis he helped force over the border there? Maybe squeeze in a commemorative visit to Maher Arar’s cell?

    For such an anti-science, anti-math group, no one proves better than Faux news that zero times zero is zero.

  16. lareineblanche says:

    Amazing. It is blatantly transparent that this is sheer, unadulterated propaganda for someone who doesn’t watch US television news regularly. It is funny, but at the same time it makes me sad to see what many Americans watch so closely resembling what Russians saw under Stalin’s regime, or North Koreans under Kim Jong-il, the British in WWI, etc. There really is no difference.

    Are you still hopeful that eventually you might get a pardon?
    If he does, it won’t be from me.

  17. readerOfTeaLeaves says:

    Let’s see…. he acts as if Petraeus is just some little errand boy; I sincerely hope the military notes this tone.

    What else is going on in the world? Hmmmm… Pakistan’s government (the one that Bush-Cheney-Libby propped up with our $$$) can’t deal with its floods, while its’ so-called ‘leader’ was off in his chateau in Normandy. Meanwhile, Obama’s just a week into the Arab-Israeli negotiations. And it seems likely that neocons everywhere will be attempting to undercut Obama left, right, and center while there’s any prayer of peace in the Middle East. Libby’s appearance is just one more distraction along those lines, IMVHO.

    The smooth glibness that Libby conveys is to be expected.
    The timing intrigues me.

    The depravity of FoxNoise and the ‘hostess’ of the show continue to amaze.