Oh, yeah, Scooter Libby. The only lesson is the one from the Bill Clinton imbroglio, the other famous case that involved a process crime far removed from what was being investigated in the first place: If you are speaking to officials who ask you for the truth, don't lie. Otherwise, it was an embarrassment of excess, too much made of way too little. Of course, I'm getting my marching orders to say that from one of the leaders of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, the Washington Post:
Mr. Wilson's case has besmirched nearly everyone it touched. The former ambassador will be remembered as a blowhard. Mr. Cheney and Mr. Libby were overbearing in their zeal to rebut Mr. Wilson and careless in their handling of classified information. Mr. Libby's subsequent false statements were reprehensible. And Mr. Fitzgerald has shown again why handing a Washington political case to a federal special prosecutor is a prescription for excess.
Mr. Fitzgerald was, at least, right about one thing: The Wilson-Plame case, and Mr. Libby's conviction, tell us nothing about the war in Iraq.