Postcards from wingerville ...
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2003 10:30:19 -0700
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You write, "Here's the heart of the matter: who Wilson is, what he thinks, what he's done, what his motives are, are all irrelevant because what he says on TV about the Bush administration doesn't matter. What's at issue is what the White House allegedly did to his wife and, by extension, to US national security."
You miss the heart of the matter. Why was a war critic selected by the CIA to vet British claims of Saddam's interest in "yellowcake"? The answer is he was selected by his wife.
When Novak asked the CIA about the wife's role, the agency admitted she was an employee. That specifically undoes any criminal culpability, because the statute requires affirmative action by the CIA to protect covert status. Further, any leaker had to know that she was covert and leak anyway (most improbable).
The CIA and it's actions are directly responsible for anything negative to national security. Joe Wilson is directly responsible for pretending to vet claims of nuclear interest through a series of tea parties in Niger. The Bush administration is directly responsible for ending this treasonous double-dealing in the CIA.
What's that line about a river in Egypt?