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'Scooter' Libby case cost Bush credibility

The proverb about having to tell a lie to prop the first and another to support the second brought down I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

A federal jury found Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff guilty of four out of five counts of obstructing justice, lying and perjury for covering up what may have been a crime.

Sadly, the coverup of who leaked Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA undercover official goes all the way to the White House, with a stop in the vice president's office.

The Bush administration is known for playing hardball politics, but the "Scooter" Libby scandal goes to the heart of the president building a case for going to war.

He didn't like the information he received from former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, so he discarded it. Then he attempted to discredit the bearer of the bad news.

The administration leaked to the press Ms. Plame's identification and suggested she sent her husband to Africa to do a bogus report because the two were against going to war.

There was no indictment for leaking her name, but the incident cost the president and his vice president much needed credibility.

It should cost Mr. Libby a few years of his life.

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