It must sting for Joe Wilson now. And for the perpetually frothing citizens of Kosikstan who so madly wished to see “Karl Rove frogmarched out of the White House in handcuffs,” it is a bitter disappointment. Now it’s obvious to everyone (where as previously it was only obvious to those of us who actually followed the details) that Wilson’s game is just comedy, his posturing mere publicity and his whole indignant act just one inadvertently hilarious (but costly) fraud.
The Washington Post wraps it up today: “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.”