Skip to comments.ROVE RAGE: HE'S NOT THE VILLAIN
Posted on 07/14/2005 1:37:52 AM PDT by kcvl
A gleeful mob of Democrats and their news-media allies is demanding that President Bush immediately fire Karl Rove, his trusted adviser.
What's next? Torches and pitch forks?
Let's be clear: Clamoring for the president to abandon Rove, for the ostensible crime of publicly disclosing a CIA operative's identity, conveniently distracts from the real story here and it's a tale that shows the Bush-bashers at their most disingenuous.
First, a recap.
In 2003, career diplomat and former Clinton national-security official Joseph Wilson, a CIA consultant, wrote a scathing commentary for The New York Times, charging that he had been sent to Africa at Vice President Dick Cheney's request before the war in Iraq to check out allegations from British intelligence that Saddam Hussein had tried to buy uranium in Niger.
Wilson said he quickly concluded that the reports were unfounded and that he so informed his superiors. Nevertheless, he continued, Bush included the allegation in his 2003 State of the Union Address and used it to justify making war on Iraq knowing full well it was false.
Days later, columnist Robert Novak reported that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA operative and likely played a role in selecting him for the Africa mission a charge Wilson swiftly denied, but which later was unequivocally substantiated in a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report.
The disclosure of Plame's name led to accusations that someone at the White House in an effort to discredit Wilson had maliciously disclosed his wife's CIA status, which might endanger her while violating the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act.
Democrats demanded, and got, a special prosecutor to investigate.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
* Despite his insistence that Plame "had nothing to do with the trip," the Senate committee concluded that she had, indeed, "suggested his name" for the Africa mission.
Who sent this jackA**?
Great post from the NY Post! Thanks!
At first I saw Yahoo and couldn't believe they put it out, since it seems like most all of their news is from AP or Reuters.
This story is getting more bizarre with each addition. I'm beginning to think it's a trap for the far out left to fall into. Can't hurt to hope.
But the story was too good to let go. The whole sixteen words was just too central to the Donk efforts to tear down the President and the war. So they had to circle the wagons aroung Wilson. But getting upset about the supposed revelation of Plame's covert status is like a blood dripping murderer criticizing the detective's tie.
You are right on target. I have been harping on that all week long. Hillary and Shumer, how outraged were you on Sandy?
Has this been revealed? I dunno. That "apparently" in the Cooper e-mail indicates to me that he could well not have.
If Plame's employment at CIA was common knowledge in the Washingon Press Corps, isn't this exactly what Cooper would have written back to TIME? If Rove revealed that Wilson got the mission assignment from his wife, but not that she worked for CIA, would not Cooper have used the word "apparently" to indicate that he was supplying information from his own recollection, rather than from Rove. If Rove told him that Plame used her position at CIA to assign her husband Wilson to the mission, isn't this exactly how Cooper would have summarized the information in the e-mail? It is the succinct way to transmit the central point that Wilson was not assigned by Cheney or Tenent and that the whole thing may have been a put-up job. And yet Cooper wrote it down in two stages, with the fact that Wilson was assigned by his wife attributed directly to Rove, and the fact that she worked for CIA was merely "apparent". The primary meaning of the word "apparent" means "open to view". In other words, common knowledge. I don't see how Cooper writes "apparently" in this sentence unless he was applying knowledge from some other source that Rove.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
Another skater, Sandy Burglar, must be taking the picture.
I am picking this thread, at random, to say what's been on my mind for days. The heck with Rove, Plame, Wilson, Miller, Cooper, et al. WHO CARES?
It is disgusting the way the dims and the media are getting away with this circus. Scores of people are blown to bits and dead in London England, killed by their fellow citizens, whose loyalty, it turns out was not to England, not to their fellow man, but to Allah, king of the murderers.
The democratic party needs to be obliterated, they do not give a fig about the lives of Americans. I will never, ever, ever, under any circumstances vote for a democrat again. Not for any office, anywhere. If my own child were to run for office as a dem (not very likely, but you never know) I'd vote for her opponent.
What I don't get is how stating that Plame works for the CIA means that she's an undercover operative. I think there are other people at the CIA, too, right? I just don't see the connection here. Working at the CIA doesn't automatically make you an undercover operative, does it? Where does Rove expose her as an undercover operative?
The media and the RATS have moved on to the penalty phase of the case (i.e., fire Rove) and are alleging that the Rove case, which they have constructed, is bogging down Bush's agenda. LOL.
This whole thing regarding Rove will be over by the Sunday talk shows because the assertion that Plame was not a covert agent is finally being more fully reported (USA Today, Friday edition).
........... on thin ice?
We can only hope, I guess.