Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald got Scooter Libby on four out of five counts. There’s only one problem: He got the wrong guy!

No doubt, as the jury decided, Scooter Libby was guilty. He did lie to the FBI. He did lie to the Grand Jury. And, as we learned with Bill Clinton, lying to the Grand Jury is a big deal.

But, as jurors themselves realized, Scooter Libby wasn’t the main culprit in the White House campaign to discredit Joe Wilson by outing CIA agent Valerie Plame. Libby was the fall guy. He was only carrying out a strategy developed by Karl Rove, dictated by Dick Cheney, and endorsed by George W. Bush.

More than anything else, the Libby verdict is an indictment of the Bush White House and the war in Iraq. It proves that the entire build-up to the war was based on a two-fold strategy: lie about the intelligence; and destroy any critics of the war.

And it’s clear, the whole operation was run out of the Vice-President’s office, with Dick Cheney calling the shots. Cheney told Libby whom to call and what to say. Meanwhile, Karl Rove was running his own campaign to discredit Wilson and Plame — with the blessing and encouragement of President Bush.

Was Justice done in the Scooter Libby case? Imperfectly, at best. Patrick Fitzgerald nailed Scooter Libby. But he shouldn’t have stopped there. There’s no doubt the real culprits were Karl Rove and Dick Cheney.