Did Dick Cheney Set the President Up?
One fun thing about having a blog is the ability to speculate on stuff the news services don't have the chance to go near. I know many Americans are too busy following Paris Hilton from one nightclub to the next, but this Scooter Libby trial has been minimized to death. The Right Wing conservatives are trying to paint Libby as a minor player facing a minor charge but the real story is the glimpse we've gotten at the incredibly sleazy inner-workings of the White House.
One thing that is becoming clear is that Dick Cheney should have been indicted along with Libby and unless some pardon comes down in a timely manner, that could still happen.
Everyone knows the VP is the consummate Washington survivor. Even Donald Rumsfeld was thrown under the bus before Cheney was, and Rumsfeld's whole career was about surviving in the corridors of power.
That brings me to this curious note. You can click on it to read it better. Cheney is responding to Libby's fears that he is being set up and Cheney writes "the Pres" and then crosses it out. Now, he didn't cross it out in a way where you can't read it, and he didn't write the words that replaced "the Pres" over the top of them. No, he continued on writing the sentence, leaving "the Pres" there to be found later if the situation ever got to this. That's a curious thing.
Most analysis I've read implies that he accidentally implicated the President here, but there remains another theory. Sure, President Bush is probably involved in the Valerie Plame case, but how would Dick Cheney prove it if he got tossed? Cheney could have written this note deliberately to set up the President - to make sure the President knew he couldn't scapegoat Cheney himself. This note could be a little message to Junior: "If I go down, you're going down too, so you better not let this Scooter Libby thing go that far." That's what those two words "the Pres" could really mean.
Of course anyone who would do that would have to be an expert in Washington politics to think that far ahead. He'd also have to be a major prick with a relentless mean streak and an evil coniving mind. See what I mean? It fits Dick Cheney perfectly. It's everything we know about him rolled into one big fat blob.