We could go back and forth with this all day and all night.
The truth is, yes Vic could have played he said/she said with Shane, but that was true with or without the ICE deal. The truth is a lot of you have not been watching the show closely enough and forgot one important fact, Vic is a bastard. The very first episode Vic killed a cop in cold blood. I know a lot of you because of your affection for Vic try to overlook this, but that is not something a good guy does. Vic is a bastard.
If Vic would have come clean, the way he did last night, in season 5, Lem would still be alive. Of course Vic wanted to help Lem but he would rather play every angle possible before he puts his own freedom at risk.
The same thing with protecting Ronnie, I don't see anyway he can get Ronnie out, without ICE thinking he tipped Ronnie off in which case the deal is void. It appears that Ronnie is basically in the same boat as Beltran right now, Vic probably needs both behind bars. And as far as switching the deal so it is Vic behind bars and Ronnie goes free, I don't see that working, because the deal is signed and done, Vic could have made that a condition the same as he did for Corrine. He could have (and should have said) "look if you can't get me and Ronnie both immunity just get it for Ronnie, and after I get Beltran, you do what you have to do." But no, he covered his own ass and hung Ronnie out to dry.
And I think we were all shocked by this, but it does go back to something I said about Lem after Shane dropped the bomb, in some ways it was Lem's fault. And in some ways it was Ronnie's fault probably even more than Lem's. I love Ronnie, he is my favorite, but the problem with Vic's confession is it is all true, yeah sure Vic was the mastermind but Ronnie was his willing alley, he went along with everything Vic did and helped Vic cover it all up. It is not fair that Ronnie should go to jail but Vic goes free, but it is not unfair that Ronnie goes to jail. But through it all Ronnie's only real crime was trusting Vic, I mean he knew Vic killed Terry, when you are a cop and you trust a cop killer you are playing russian roulette with your life, and Ronnie lost. Ronnie's biggest sin was listening to Vic when he Vic said not to run.
Right now my hopes are that if Ronnie goes down he finds a way to take Vic with him, hell Vic gave him up for accessory to murder (a few murders I think), if Ronnie is going to go to jail for murdering someone it might as well be Vic.