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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Libby's Spotlight Dimming

Sunday's Washington Post has a fascinating, fact filled story on Dick Cheney's chief of staff, the man who launched 80 days in jail for the New York Times' Judith Miller. I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby according to the Post once joked he would be Cheney's chief of staff till he was indicted. Well, Scooter, like so many self fulfilling prophecies of the Bush administration, this one may be a little too close to home.

I'm not sure what it says about Scooter, than he won't say what the I stands for in his name--but it makes me wonder just how secure he is:
Several aspects of Libby are subject to varied interpretations, or at the very least, casual mystery. Libby is loath to disclose -- even to close friends -- what the "I" stands for in his name. Matalin credits USA Today with "breaking" the story that Libby's first name is "Irv" (though other publications had reported "Irving" and public databases list him as "Irve").

Cheney's office would not confirm or deny what the "I" stands for.

Is there really an official talking point of no comment from the Vice President's office when asked about Scooter's first initial? Then there is the etiology of "Scooter" which is apparently equally mysterious:

Likewise, there are differing accounts of where "Scooter" comes from. He told the New York Times in 2002 that his father, an investment banker now deceased, coined it upon seeing him crawl across his crib. The same year, in an interview with King, Libby spoke of a childhood comparison to New York Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto ("I had the range but not the arm," Libby said).

I'm not sure. What significance does this name and initial thing have? Does Scooter's secrecy begin with his name, and extend all they way to being Judith Miller's secret source?

More interesting is the web of links with all the high ranking neo cons of the Bush administration:

"He's always been excruciatingly careful, which is ironic in his situation," says World Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz, a former deputy secretary of defense and a longtime mentor of Libby's . . .

Among vice-presidential aides throughout history, Libby is distinctive for the power and authority he wields, a product largely of Cheney's outsize role in the Bush administration. Libby holds three titles: chief of staff and national security adviser to Cheney, and assistant to Bush. Like few other advisers, he attends the highest level of White House meetings. He attends the weekly gathering of Bush's top economic advisers and -- according to Bob Woodward's book "Plan of Attack," about the Bush administration's run-up to the Iraq war -- was one of two non-principals who attended National Security Council meetings with the president after Sept. 11, 2001 (the other was Condoleezza Rice's then-deputy, Stephen Hadley) . . .

After graduating from Columbia Law School, Libby was practicing law in Philadelphia in 1981 when Wolfowitz, then an assistant secretary of state, recruited him as a speech writer . . .

Libby also worked for Wolfowitz during Wolfowitz's stint as policy undersecretary of defense during the first Bush administration. He had long been interested in unconventional warfare, particularly in the Middle East, and his portfolio included the biological and chemical capabilities of Saddam Hussein. Cheney, then secretary of defense, shared Libby's interest in weapons of mass destruction and was, according to a Pentagon official of that era, impressed by his diligence and analytical skill . . .

This comming week, with the expected conclusion of Patrick J. Fitzgerald's investigation, should be interesting for Scooter, I. and the rest of the gang.


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