Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Karl Rove, Whistleblower

Review & Outlook
July 13, 2005

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.

Media chants aside, there's no evidence that Mr. Rove broke any laws in telling reporters that Ms. Plame may have played a role in her husband's selection for a 2002 mission to investigate reports that Iraq was seeking uranium ore in Niger. ... But it appears Mr. Rove didn't even know Ms. Plame's name and had only heard about her work at Langley from other journalists.

On the "no underlying crime" point, moreover, no less than the New York Times and Washington Post now agree. So do the 36 major news organizations that filed a legal brief in March aimed at keeping Mr. Cooper and the New York Times's Judith Miller out of jail. ...

In short, Joe Wilson hadn't told the truth about what he'd discovered in Africa, how he'd discovered it, what he'd told the CIA about it, or even why he was sent on the mission. The media and the Kerry campaign promptly abandoned him, though the former never did give as much prominence to his debunking as they did to his original accusations. But if anyone can remember another public figure so entirely and thoroughly discredited, let us know.

If there's any scandal at all here, it is that this entire episode has been allowed to waste so much government time and media attention, not to mention inspire a "special counsel" probe. ...

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At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"He's the one who warned Time's Matthew Cooper and other reporters to be wary of Mr. Wilson's credibility. "


Oh, so Wilson was wrong?

We're not taking Rove down. He did it to himself, too. Keep looking for those new clothes.

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous brainiac said...

You were right about what again?

Questions about Mr. Wilson's credibility aside, we never did find any chemical or biological weapons or, more importantly to this case, any uranium enrichment programs or budding nuclear weapons programs.

So I guess he was right about what he found in Africa. I think we can all agree that the Bush administration's main rationale (WMD) for the Iraq war was a great big lie.

I fail to see how committing treason in retaliation has become a patriotic and heroic act.

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where's the yellow cake? Under the sofa? Behind the drapes? How many people have died now over the Republican zeal for war?


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