W Post: It’s unfortunate that so many took Joe Wilson Seriously

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.”


  1. Stuart, incredibly, after the anti-climactic deflation of their anti-Rove crusade, they are still perservering in their allegations of wrong-doing. Yesterday, CNN was reporting that Wilson-Plame are still bringing their lawsuit and that at least some on the Left still think there’s a viable conspiracy claim.


  2. Yeah, I work with a guy who rubs his hands together in effusive glee when discussing the imminent downfall of Rove and Cheney and gang. Some of these guys will believe anything negative you tell them about people they disagree with.


  3. There’s nothing funny about losing an organization of clandestine agents. Whoever disclosed Valerie Plame’s identity damaged national security and the safety of hundreds of people who had been willing to share information with the United States of America. In light of the damage, it is appropriate that the Wilsons and their CIA colleagues are outraged.

    Had Bush stood up for America’s agents then Wilson could not have become such a problem for the administration and its operatives. Instead of using the bully pulpit to protect the CIA and its agents Bush and Rove chose to become defensive. That’s a natural respose. Unfortunately, it also reveals that Bush does not understand the role of the president with regard to national security. Had he put his duty before his self-interest, ironically, he and Rove would have been better off.

    As a veteran, the son of a counterintelligence officer, and the grandson of an agent, I hope that Armitage will lose his security clearance. He needs to apologize to the intelligence community and the American people for the consequences of his irresponsible “gossip.” Armitage’s negligence is the scandal, not the outrage of the victims.


  4. Where did we lose “an organization of clandestine agents”? Valerie Plame had done nothing that required top level clearance or identity protection since 1997 when she essentially took a desk job in Arlington. The notion that her name being leaked somehow compromised any vital national security issues is pure farce.

    Your reasoning on Bush “standing up for American agents” is a bit of a stretch. What do you mean “chose to become defensive”? What else does one do when they are attacked with accusations that have no rational or factual foundation but that undermine the credibility of your administration and everyone working with it?


  5. And the whole fiasco keeps going and going. The New York Times reported over the weekend that Fitzgerald, the prosecuter, knew that Armitage was the leaker from day 1. What! This whole thing looks more and more like a 2 year partisan fishing expedition.

    Also, Hi Ronan nice blog. I’ve been lurking a bit and its nice to see politics without the standard foaming at the mouth (mostly).


  6. eechupa!
    Nice to have you around…

    Confession: if forced to explain what the Plame affair was all about, I’d struggle to provide a coherent explanation.


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