Washington DC - (AssoCIAted Plame Mess): Tuesday 16 January sees the perjury indictment of Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's former Chief of Staff, who stands accused of outing s top CIA spook because her husband called the Bushes' bluff over a yellowcake fantasy that subsequently diagnosed the Administration's governing as an act of mass psychosis.
Wielding the electric cattle prod is fearless lawman and Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald whose other notable career bests include busting Margaret Thatcher's Mossad pimp Conrad Black and depriving him of a billion dollar fortune that kept his poxy wife Barbara Amiel in fripperies.
Cheney has oozed public praise for his hapless side-kick Libby and squirmed with each press report predicting Fitzie's imminent criminal subpoena. But the master lawman has played a blinder and left the VP dangling on a fragile hook while hanging on to the smoking gun that will see the veteran old swine perjure himself in public as he defends his former fixer on coast-to-coast primetime.
Libby's lawyers continue to offer plea bargains in return for all charges to be dropped. But these have been rejected and now he has no choice but to ask his former boss to stand up in public anbd lie for him.
And all the while the enigmatic and inscrutable Fitzie goes about his daily business, bulletproof vest and armed escort notwhithstanding, a quiet knowing smile playing on those sealed lips - except in rare moments of relaxation when he breaks into a soft whistle of that Gaelic ditty "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling".
Good luck to the man and roll on the 16th.