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Courage is as Courage Does

11:01 AM, Apr 16, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
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Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage-a man whose physical bravery and feats of derring-do in Vietnam have been widely documented-allows as how he hopes he'd have had the courage to resign if he'd known the CIA was using water-boarding to get information from enemy combatants. But physical and moral courage, though they may be linked, as, say, in the case of Natan Sharansky, don't always show up together.

Where, for example, was that vaunted courage hiding itself while Scooter Libby was taking the public fall for Armitage's own role in the Valerie Plame case?