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The Plame Saga...

Living in the D.C metro area it is difficult to avoid politics,  policies and policy-makers. After 9/11 it became well nigh impossible  to do so. The Afghan war after the Osama-Taliban link was almost  inevitable and  most people (including world opinion) favoured the U.S. Not so with  the Iraq war. Right from the beginning, there was a deep dichotomy between those who were "for" and those "against". This time it was an unilateral decision and inspite of the U.N and weapons inspectors' opposition, America decided to "go it alone". As is usually the case when something of this magnitude and divisiveness takes place, deeper friendships were forged between people who shared the same views and all others became bitter enemies.
 Most of my friends were (& continue to remain) opposed to the Iraq war  - both on the counts of "war and killing has never resolved anything" and "there was no evidence except for Saddam's evil persona" to  justify such an action. When the Plame story broke out a couple of  years ago, we were horrified to find (almost) proof-positive that the "leak" was only a red herring to  detract from the real facts - which were - that a handful of people in  the top administrative level were collectively responsible for the war  and the ensuing losses and tragedies both on the home-front and in  Iraq. EVEN IF this assumption is incorrect, it is still  appalling to know that a CIA operative was "outed" by people from the  "same side"!!!
It was several months after that that I discovered that the woman I  had been on nodding terms with for a few months was none other than  the wife of "Scooter" Libby. Once over the initial shock of this, we continued to exchange  pleasantries, usually related to the latest books we'd read. During  this time I read Libby's "The Apprentice" and I was extremely  impressed with his literary style. Scooter is also one of the most  unassuming people that I've ever met - always very polite and  courteous - always addressing a person by his/her name - & overall  just a thoroughly likeable individual.

 The whole of this week leading upto the indictment today has been  fraught with tension - it is so difficult to believe that behind the  facade of "Mr. Nice Guy" is a powerful person who was foremost in not just directing the decision to go to war but also someone who deliberately twisted facts to sway public opinion.
I've been able to focus on little else but the News today. I keep wondering what he and his family are going to do now that he has  resigned. I wonder about his children - what must it be like for them to know and grow up with the fact that their father was indicted! What do they face in school - for children can be cruel - do the other kids taunt them, call them names - are there children in the school who've lost a parent or relative in the war and if so, what is their reaction to Libby's children ?! Do schools have policies where the sins of the fathers ARE visited upon the children ?!
As for my personal opinion - I have become schizophrenic today. Scooter Libby is the only (in ??)famous person that I have ever been  (very) briefly acquainted with - and my heart goes out to him and his family on a personal level because I cannot imagine what it must be like today in their house. On the other hand, when I think of how this whole war might've very possibly been masterminded by a few top executives and how Libby is one of them, I feel sick to the stomach!  It'll be a long time before I can equate both sides of his personality as attributes of the same person!!!!!


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