Friday, September 01, 2006

Rat in the House [link]

Whenever I encounter a liberal who is willing to entertain the notion that maybe the Bush Administration is not thoroughly corrupt...and willing to listen to my rants about the Plame scandal, I tell them to look at what the Washington Post has to say about Plame's husband, former Ambassador Joe Wilson.

WE'RE RELUCTANT to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story and that of her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, over the past three years. But all those who have opined on this affair ought to take note of the not-so-surprising disclosure that the primary source of the newspaper column in which Ms. Plame's cover as an agent was purportedly blown in 2003 was former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage.

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Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

I would hardly call the Washington Post a cheerleader for the Bush Administration. Whenever I want to prove a point, it is always helpful to have someone on the opposite side who agrees with me.


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