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Wednesday, October 01, 2003

The Plame Blame Name Game

Looks like this story, which first broke all the way back in July, is finally getting traction. (By the way, is there some reason I should believe anything at all that comes out of Condoleeza Rice's mouth? Any reason at all?)

I have serious doubts we'll ever really get to the bottom of this matter, and that this DOJ investigation will be anything other than a whitewash. The careerists at the CIA, who, after all, have a job to do that will outlast this administration and anyone involved with it, however, are not likely to simply let this matter drop. Though classified information is leaked more often than many in the public would believe, the identities of field personnel showing up in syndicated columns is another matter. Valerie Plame's cover is blown, and anyone known to have worked with her now knows. What makes this fact sting in particular is that she worked in the area of "weapons of mass destruction."

I'm unsure of what political advatange that the administration was trying to gain by exposing an undercover CIA operative. The thinking in some quarters is that it was a simple revenge move against that agent's spouse, who had been a prominent critic of the administration and in particular its insistence on the Iraqi "Weapons Of Mass Destruction" issue. Which would not only be petty, but ultimately self-destructive. Another possible explanation - to show anyone else even thinking about doing whay Joe Wilson did the lengths the administration was willing to go to wreck lives.

The President, even if we are to assume that he did not know who was responsible for the leak at the time it was made, almost certainly knows the guilty party now. Who is he protecting and why? The speculation runs wild across the progresive half of the blogosphere.

This is more proof that the "liberal media" canard is total nonsense. I don't believe for a minute that this story would have sat on the back burner for over two months if this had been the Clinton administration, or any other Democratic administration. We'd be hearing the word "treason" tossed around on television like it was going out of style.

Back in the good ol' days of the 1990s, the Republicans complained loudly and often that the Clinton administration politicized policymaking to a degree not seen in modern history. Though they were far from saintly, the Clintonistas were rank amateurs compared to this bunch.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled baseball results.


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