July 13, 2005

This is turning into a lot of fun....

There's a good editorial in OpinionJournal (as you've probably already noticed) with a different view...
Democrats and most of the Beltway press corps are baying for Karl Rove's head over his role in exposing a case of CIA nepotism involving Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame. On the contrary, we'd say the White House political guru deserves a prize--perhaps the next iteration of the "Truth-Telling" award that The Nation magazine bestowed upon Mr. Wilson before the Senate Intelligence Committee exposed him as a fraud. For Mr. Rove is turning out to be the real "whistleblower" in this whole sorry pseudo-scandal. He's the one who warned Time's Matthew Cooper and other reporters to be wary of Mr. Wilson's credibility. He's the one who told the press the truth that Mr. Wilson had been recommended for the CIA consulting gig by his wife, not by Vice President Dick Cheney as Mr. Wilson was asserting on the airwaves. In short, Mr. Rove provided important background so Americans could understand that Mr. Wilson wasn't a whistleblower but was a partisan trying to discredit the Iraq War in an election campaign. Thank you, Mr. Rove....
The whole mess has been a silly waste of time from the beginning, since the law in question was clearly never intended to "protect" CIA employees who work at comfy desk jobs in Langley. Anyone watching the CIA parking lot could have found out where Valerie Plame worked. BUT, exposing lefty media mendacity is a priority these days, since their political shenanigans have moved into the realm of undermining our country in time of war. They should be EXPOSED again and again. And the big question of course, is, why is Judith Miller going to jail rather than reveal...what? What is the NYT covering up? John Podhoretz suggests...
...But what if that's not right? What if the original source for the "Wilson got the job from his CIA wife" was, in fact, a reporter? After all, we know that the vice president's chief of staff, Lewis Libby, has testified he learned of Plame's identity from a journalist. Wilson had gotten very cozy with a couple of them -- Walter Pincus of the Washington Post and Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times among them. What if he spilled the beans to enhance his own standing in the story somehow, to bolster his supposed findings? What if -- and here's where it gets really interesting -- what if the real object of interest where Fitzgerald's investigation is concerned is now none other than the jailed Judith Miller of the New York Times? What if she let it all slip and in the giant game of telephone around the nation's capital, Miller was the original source of the "Plame's in the CIA" info?...(Thanks to Byron Preston)
What I start wondering is, is this another Tar Baby? Are Karl and George laughing as Br'er Bolshie tries to toss them into the briar patch? (Thanks to Ethan Hahn, who e-mailed to remind me of the earlier post. In which post you will see that I thanked Ethan Hahn for reminding me of yet an earlier post. Recursive I think is the word here. Or maybe infundibular.) Posted by John Weidner at July 13, 2005 9:46 AM
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