Did you find the indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby a realistic outcome after so many months of investigations, or does he seem like a scrawny, "sacrificial lamb" offered up by a resistant administration?
I have an alternative thought on this. Libby isn't the person responsible for the leak and he also isn't a sacrificial lamb. He was indicted on charges of purjury and I believe something else similar because he did in fact lie to investigators and I'm sure that Fitzgerald and his folks will hope to use those charges to compel him to reveal more information about this case.
I look at this like a big mafia trial, you get the little guys to flip on smaller charges so you can catch the boss.
Fitzgerald hasn't given any indication from his press releases and press conferences that this investigation is over or that he has made his last indictment. I'm sure he has a theory of the crime that includes people more powerful than Libby and he is working to find the truth.
It is my opinion that the real leaker was someone who is part of the "White House Iraq Group (WHIG)" and others may be damaged with conspiracy charges up to and including Cheney. Wikipedia
describes WHIG as:
The White House Iraq Group (aka, White House Information Group or WHIG) was the marketing arm of the Republican Party whose purpose was to sell the 2003 invasion of Iraq to the public. The task force was set up in August 2002 by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and chaired by Karl Rove to coordinate all the executive branch elements in the run-up to the war in Iraq. One example of the WHIG's functions and influence is the "escalation of rhetoric about the danger that Iraq posed to the U.S., including the introduction of the term 'mushroom cloud'".
Similar in name and function, was the 1967 White House Information Group under President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Some of the activities these people were responsible for was the sabotage of anyone in the administration or otherwise that criticized the war before or during the invasion. Joe Wilson would certainly fall into that category and would have made their radar so it is very logical to suggest this group might be behind the whole thing.
Time will tell what Fitzgerald can actually prove
but I personally don't think Libby is the end of it.
Should the President be compelled, under oath, to divulge who is really involved in "Plamegate"?
I don't think that he can be, the President is protected by executive privilege. Once again wikipedia
has a good writeup:
Executive privilege is a claim asserted by the President of the United States and other members of the executive branch to justify withholding of documents and information from other branches of government. As Presidents since George Washington and Thomas Jefferson have argued, the separation of powers embodied in the United States Constitution implies that each branch will be permitted to operate within limits free to some degree from the control or supervision of the other.
Now whether that is right or not is a different story. Nixon tried to use this during his presidency but it took the Supreme Court to rule on it before he was forced to comply. I'm not sure if the information Bush may or may not have is serious enough to justify this.Should the American public contract their members of Congress to compel the President to testify?
I'd certainly encourage everyone to put pressure on their Congressmen and Congresswomen about this issue, it may not ultimately result in Bush being forced to testify but it will certainly show Congress that the American people will no longer tolerate this kind of behavior. The corruption being exposed in our government right now is simply astounding.
It also, of course, makes for good political ammunition since the President claimed he'd fire whoever the leaker is and he clearly hasn't fired anyone.In your opinion, is the White House still deliberately hiding information?
I'm certain they are, but what I think isn't very important in this situation. What is important is what Fitzgerald can prove. I don't think he has enough to make anything stick to the person ultimately responsible, but I do think he has enough to charge other people and compel them to reveal what they know. That seems to be the strategy he is using.