MoonDawg's Den: Where's the outrage?

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Where's the outrage?

Now we know what many have suspected for months (including me) - that former deputy Sec. of State Richard Armitage was columnist Robert Novak's primary source for his column that mentioned the identity of Valerie Plame, a CIA employee and wife of liar extraordinaire Joe Wilson.

Many on the left believed that the leak of Plame's identity was an evil plot orchestrated to discredit Wilson (who is perfectly adept at discrediting himself) by outing Plame, a brave undercover covert agent (which she was not). Many called for the head of Karl Rove, and said that it was all but certain that Rove would be indicted.

Now that we know who the Plame leaker is, where's the outraged left to be found? Why are they not calling for Armitage's head? Oh, but of course - a Rove indictment would have done grave political damage to the Bush White House, whereas there is no political advantage to be gained from an indictment of Armitage.

Thus the left's faux outrage over damage to our national security is revealed for what it is - nothing more than insincere partisan posturing.

UPDATE: A Sept. 1st WaPo editiorial places the blame for Valerie Plame's "outing" where it belongs - on her husband (emphasis mine):

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.

UPDATE II - "a terrible error": Armitage finally fesses up to what everyone already knows by now. If only he had come clean three years ago when this story blew up, the whole mess could have been resolved overnight, and Scooter Libby would not be facing spurious obstruction charges - just how do you obstruct a big pile of nothing?

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