Lewis 'Scooter' Libby knows Elliott Abrams very well. He helped bring him back from exile to the center of power in 2003. Now the matter of 'pardon' is central to Libby himself. In the Reagan years Abrams, like Colonel Oliver North, had to take the fall because of the Iran-Contra Scandal. Then in 1991 the first President Bush pardoned him, and a dozen years later the second President Bush put him in one of the most powerful positions in government. It's that kind of 'loyalty' the Bush/Cheney regime is now counting on; and they've already telegraphed that one way or another they will do all they can for 'Scooter' whenever they can.