Today the first card in the house of cards that is the corrupt Bush administration fell as Scooter Libby was indicted on five counts in the Plamegate saga. Libby represents only one card. He is not the end, nor the beginning. This is not a day for celebration as the job remains far from over. The truth is still hidden. The real criminals are still at large. The real crime remains untold.
Beyond Libby there are more crimes and more criminals. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has empanelled another Grand Jury to continue his investigation into these traitorous matters. Karl Rove is still in serious legal jeopardy and while that may send chills of joy through some, Rove only represents another bit player. The real criminals are the people behind these cards. They are the people who are in control of this country and have recklessly led us into a war based not on "faulty intelligence " but on planned and known lies. That is the real crime.
The real crime has many victims beyond Valerie Plame whose career is in tatters at great risk to every American. Those victims include the over 2,000 dead American soldiers. They were sent to perish in a desert by an administration that appears to have lied to Congress in order to create a war we never had any business being in. Their sacrifice is sullied by men who cared not if they died for lies. They still demand justice. You will hear many things about this day over the coming weeks. You will hear about the other players in this house of cards. You will hear pundits spin this away from the real story; the real crime. That is that people at the highest levels of power lied to Congress to start a war. That war has claimed the lives of the innocent and their blood is still unsettled. The corporate media, whose motive is to protect this administration, would prefer to debate Libby, perjury and Plame then deal with the Downing Street Memos, lying to Congress and treason. As long as we are focusing on Libby and Rove the real perps walk right on by us. Do not even be surprised if they throw Libby on the altar for a sacrifice. Better that one card fall than the entire house come crumbling down around them. The great thing about a scapegoat is that he bears all of your sins for you. Meanwhile the truth stays hidden.
The real story is the Iraq War. The real story is about weapons of mass destruction that never existed. It is about a president that scared us into his war of choice. To scare us he needed material and the forged documents about Saddam and The Niger served that purpose. When the veracity of the president was challenged by Joe Wilson the administration went after his wife. It is clear now that the information of Plame 's identity was given to Libby by Dick Cheney. The real story is how America has leaders who have sold out their humanity and have presided over the deaths of tens of thousands of innocents, all based on contrived lies. It is our collective soul that is still on the line in this tale. It is believing that our country still stands for what is right and decent in the world. It is believing that the rule of law counts for everyone and that a soldier is only asked to sacrifice under the most righteous of circumstances. There is no righteousness in deception. There is only ulterior motive and iniquity.