Sep 2, 2006

A Voice Of Intelligent Reason...

ANOTHER VOICE
Minneapolis Star Tribune
No vindication on Plame

To hear Bush administration defenders tell it, news that Richard Armitage was the original source of the leak of Valerie Plame's CIA work means the entire Plamegate tempest was a whole lot of nothing. That spin should be a tough sell, if folks pay attention to the facts.

... In chitchat at the end of a conversation with newspaper columnist Robert Novak in 2003, while deputy secretary of state, Armitage let slip that Valerie Plame, wife of Iraq war critic Joseph Wilson, worked at the CIA. Armitage apparently did not know Plame's CIA work was undercover and classified.

So there you go, administration supporters say: There was no conspiracy to "out" Plame as part of a plan to "get" Wilson. So far as Armitage goes, that makes sense. He appears to have made a foolish, forgivable mistake, though why he remained silent about it is mystifying.

But Armitage's error does not lift the thick layer of Plame-related gunk from the reputations of White House adviser Karl Rove, Vice President Dick Cheney and his ex-chief of staff, Lewis Libby. While Armitage had no anti-Wilson ax to grind, they did.

In fact, Armitage learned about Plame's CIA association from a memo written in response to a request from Cheney's office for information about Wilson. The White House's "get Wilson" effort was already under way. Armitage's slip offered them an opportunity of which they made maximum use.

Novak needed confirmation of Armitage's information. He got it from Rove. Between them, Rove and Libby peddled the story to various Washington reporters. ...

Libby apparently lied about the effort and got caught. The others may not have broken federal law, but they certainly showed, if anyone needed further proof, how low they will stoop to smear a critic rather than argue an issue on its merits.

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Blogger Jackie said...

I'm on another subject right now I'll get back to this posting later.
Remember those who protest to much have something to hide.

New book says Karl Rove's stepfather was openly gay

Now this is what happens when you attack people and now we know your roots.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Fitz looks like you got something real sparkin' done after all....

MAJOR ROVE EXCLUSIVE TONIGHT...

Looks like fat Karl Rove finally got nailed, and the bastard is going to be resigning......plus more from exclusive tonight.

And if that be the case, then I guess all the naysayers who claim you were compromised will have to....

EAT CRAP AND DIE???

The mystery of tonight's breaking news is a killer and is going to be, one of those things you don't want to miss.........

WHERE IS THE AMBIEN AND HIS NEOCON TOADIES, WHO LEFT THIS BLOG I WONDER NOW......

6:31 PM  
Blogger Jiffy-Junkboy said...

I think Valerie Plame has a good case for a civil trial.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Mrs. X said...

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson has a very strong case...I hope they win their case.. As far as the media and their spin about the CIA Leak case, Libby lied and he will be found guilty by the jury.. The media should let Mr. Fitzgerald do his job! Happy Labor day to everyone!

12:06 AM  

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