I was going to write about this last week — to state the obvious, did not — but why I didn’t when the news emerged last week was because I am as I have been rather repulsed by Joe Wilson and his wife’s behavior in their ongoing efforts to discredit other persons by insinuations and attempt at crass advantage. It’s just been a cheap and tawdry story, the ongoing tale of the attempts by Wilson (and interests) to cast aspersions of a seriously dreadful kind upon a whole range of leadership and representatives of leadership of the United States of America, so cheap an effort that I, to be blunt, find Joe Wilson and his legacy to be disgusting.
And why Richard L. Armitage — now identified publicly as the person who discussed Joe Wilson’s wife’s work with writer Robert Novak, although it has been Joe Wilson all along who has “exposed” his wife’s “identity,” though not a “top secret” one, regardless of how much Joe Wilson would have liked it to have been in retrospect — why Armitage has remained by silently throughout this escapade by Wilson and allowed the story to bubble and boil at Wilson’s command, causing such a huge amount of pain, suffering, misinformation and expense, not to mention the wrong, detrimental malignment of many people, remains to be seen except that perhaps Armitage and those who influence him must be about the most selfish, reckless people imaginable. This adds to my sense of disgust with and about “the Wilson experience”.
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However, thanks to The Bullwinkle Blog (“-S- And The Moose Called This One Right“), author, The Moose and I (“-S-“), receive brief notice as having been stalwart deniers of Wilson’s credibility from nearly the starting point forward. I am sometimes wrong intuitively — I’m the first to admit that and especially when I have been — but about Joe Wilson, I was sure I was not wrong, and look, I wasn’t.
From The Washington Post, “END OF AN AFFAIR”
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.
About Joe Wilson, to repeat: “It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.”
Yes, it truly is. I took Joe Wilson seriously but only as a seriously unreliable person.
“WHO EXPOSED SECRET AGENT PLAME?” – by Clifford D. May
…although it would be worthwhile at this point, after all has been said and done, if columnistss would stop referring to “secret agent Plame,” as if she was, and was “exposed,” which only serves to pomp-up Joe Wilson’s outrageous ploy, at least as to any “secret” exposure in any sense he had nothing to do with, or was beset by, “leakers”
From The New York Times (“New Questions About Inquiry in C.I.A. Leak“), so there’s room for marginalizations here, this article presents an aimless and compliant (and yet persistently secretive — regard the contradictions) Richard L. Armitage, a predetermined prosecutor, Patrick J. Fitzgerald, and refuses to let the spin die, that the White House is moreorless responsible for conspiring to harm another federal branch — certainly there remains an unquenched atmosphere among the Left (TNYT is good evidence of this) of the need to impune the Bush White House for “meddling” with the media, even when unsubstantiated by any legal violation, other than those which eventually were brought upon Lewis Libby, and yet only after the fact while from the course of the investigation:
Mr. Armitage cooperated voluntarily in the case, never hired a lawyer and testified several times to the grand jury, according to people who are familiar with his role and actions in the case. He turned over his calendars, datebooks and even his wife’s computer in the course of the inquiry, those associates said. But Mr. Armitage kept his actions secret, not even telling President Bush because the prosecutor asked him not to divulge it, the people said.
Most individuals, nearly anyone and everyone — but not Richard Armitage — would have legal representation engaged before interacting with a federal prosecutor, especially those with a clear conscience.