November 08, 2005

Dopey WNJ Letter of the Week

Valerie Young of Middletown rips President Bush because he "said he would take action against anyone in his administration guilty of revealing the name of a CIA operative to the press, an act most agree involves treason." Jumping to conclusions, Val states that this "betrayal" was traced back to his aides, "Scooter" Libby and Karl Rove.

Oops on a few counts. First, there is ample evidence that Ms. Valerie Plame, the operative in question, was not covert. Second, in order for a crime to have been committed, it has to have been known that she was a covert operative if her identity is revealed. Third, Bush adviser Karl Rove hasn't been indicted for anything (yet), so Ms. Young is either just wishing upon a star or picking up false signals on her tinfoil hat. Fourth, Scooter Libby was not indicted for revealing the name of a covert CIA operative -- special prosecutor Fitzgerald made that clear -- he was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice. Serious charges, yes, but not the crime to which Ms. Young refers. And, Libby resigned his post immediately after being indicted.

There's a good chance that this whole matter may prove futile (Plame wasn't covert and/or if so it wasn't known to whoever leaked her name) or it may be what's been dubbed the "criminalization of politics;" White House aides, in their quest to rebut/correct Joe Wilson (who had told various media that he was sent to Africa by the Vice President's office and that the Saddam/Niger/uranium yellowcake story was bogus) revealed that Wilson was sent by the CIA and was recommended by his wife, Ms. Plame.

Whether or not you like the tactics employed by the White House isn't the issue. They certainly had a right to correct the record and inform who really was responsible for Wilson's trip. Fitzgerald's indictment only deals with Libby's alleged lying about the matter, which, at first glance, appears silly. Silly as in "why did Libby feel the need to lie." We'll find out soon enough.

Maybe Libby can make a deal like Sandy Berger did and just blame it all on "sloppiness."

Posted by Hube at November 8, 2005 04:58 PM | TrackBack

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This is just becoming all too much.....A political witch hunt by a political party bereft of ideas that when the facts/info continues to trickle out, it becomes even more and more unbelievable....Yet the msm misses the facts and focusses on the opinions...

Posted by: schmitt at November 8, 2005 09:56 PM

Not only was she not covert, she had to have been outside teh US as a covert agency in the preceeding 5 years -- and she had been back in the US for 6 years.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at November 8, 2005 10:22 PM

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