"The serious consequences of a pointless Washington scandal"
That is the title of an editorial in the Washington Post this morning. This from one of the once-great newspapers, which gave us seven long years of Whitewater.
Since Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor for the Washington Post, is apparently ignorant of the consequences of the Iraq War for American lives, fortunes and honor, let me explain the point of this scandal. Mr. Libby lied to protect the Vice-President, not from the accusation that he disclosed Plame's name, but from exposure of Cheney's role in fabricating the evidence of Iraqi nuclear ambitions as part of the fraudulent campaign by the Bush Administration to invade Iraq.
And, over at the New York Times, the other great progenitor of the great Whitewater non-scandal? Steve Benen points out the front page story on Barack Obama, investing in two companies backed by big donors. Perhaps, the fourth paragraph will sound familiar to those, who remember that the Clintons lost $35,000 on their Whitewater investment: "the senator did not know that he had invested in either company until fall 2005, when he learned of it and decided to sell the stocks. He sold them at a net loss of $13,000."
Oh, and that story about the eight U.S. Attorneys sacked by Bush? Page A14.