As it turns out, we now know why punishment was not meted out more swiftly. Moreover, any one who has lost their job because of it was only pushed out only after they were caught by Fitzgerald doing something egregious - like lying to the grand jury.
Well, you ask, why didn't the W, Rove and Co. follow through with their promise to swiftly act and punish all those associated with the leaks (of the Plame and other varieties)? Well, silly, it's because the leak started at the top.
What's that old saw: "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely?" Hmmm:
Former White House official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told a grand jury in 2004 that Vice President Dick Cheney was upset by an ambassador's public questioning of the Iraq war and that President Bush, Cheney and Libby were involved in a plan — kept secret from other senior White House officials — to leak previously classified intelligence to reporters to counter the criticism.Of course; they are not interested in punishing themselves. They always think that their way is the "right" way. Might we suggest that they are dead wrong here, yet again?
You would think that years of "service" to America proclaimed by Cheney in particular would prevent them from making such blundering, preposterous, and catastrophic mistakes. Perhaps in Aught Eight, it's time to elect some one without the same pedigree.