Skip to comments.The Plame game - CIA LEAK (writer says, "Just shut up, wouldja?")
Posted on 07/18/2005 10:18:17 PM PDT by CHARLITE
From here in heartland America, I'm winging a message eastward. It's addressed to my brothers and sisters of the mass media as they scrunch up their brows and artfully work their jaws, seeking to understand and explain what Karl Rove knew about Valerie Plame and when he knew it, assuming he knew much of anything, and whom he told, if he told anybody, and who heard, and who else knew it and why.
And my message?
A terse one: Just shut up, wouldja?
Unfortunately, I already know the answer to such an excellent and timely question. The answer is a scandalized "No! How could anyone ask such a question?"
The Washington, D.C., Beltway is in one of its periodic orgies over next to nothing. Nobody gets by with pooh-poohing such proceedings, which will proceed until 1) the Beltway has made nothing sound like something, or 2) the rest of the country tunes out totally or falls dead asleep.
I am betting on the latter possibility, given not just the essentially opaque nature of the Plame Game -- outside feverish Washington, I mean -- but also its irrelevance to the purposes of a nation with larger fish to fry, Iraq being one of those things.
Actually, Iraq is at the center of this thing, which helps explain the rage and indignation that fill so many Washington minds. Everything about Iraq stirs the capital to indignation, especially when it has to do with weapons of mass destruction.
Those paying attention to this inherently silly story recall that it began in 2003, when the columnist Robert Novak wrote, almost as an aside, that Valerie Plame, "a [CIA] operative on weapons of mass destruction" had "suggested sending [her husband, Joseph Wilson IV] to Niger to investigate" reports of Iraqi efforts to buy uranium yellowcake. Which reports Wilson, on his return, said couldn't be substantiated.
Suddenly Beltway interest shifted. Let's not talk about Saddam Hussein's malevolent intentions and designs went the new line. Let's talk about who leaked news of the Wilson-Plame connection. Forget the important stuff -- let's discuss the trivia. Accordingly, a special prosecutor was charged with finding out whether the leakers broke federal law by noting Plame's place of employment. And so on and so on to the present point. Ah, yes -- with a New York Times reporter in jail for refusing cooperation with the prosecutor.
Is all this of no interest? No one would speak thus of a story involving possible breaches of law -- even if no such breaches seem anywhere close to being proved. The problem is the furor. What's all this about? From heartland America that seems plain enough -- and uncomplimentary enough to all involved.
We've got here at bottom a Beltway story -- as tale not of America but of Washington. Yawn. Washington may be a nice place, but its inner workings aren't nearly as compelling to those outside the Beltway as to those inside. These people imagine normal folk sit around dishing the dirt on Valerie Plame? Fat chance.
Then there's the media involvement: newspeople at the center, with one behind bars. That guarantees media obsession.
We know what comes next, of course. The Bush White House is involved. The liberal Democrats who pretty well are the major media aren't going to miss a moment like this one; and even if they were inclined to, the liberal Democrats on Capitol Hill, still unable to get over the 2000 and 2004 elections, wouldn't dream of letting pass any attempt to revenge themselves on their archenemy, Karl Rove. Never mind that Rove isn't even a target of the special prosecutor's investigation. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and other Democrats want him fired anyway.
All this with Iraq in some disarray and a Supreme Court nomination battle looming. You could get the impression we've gone collectively nuts. No, just the Beltway -- a peculiar patch of land never to be confused with the United States of America.
I agree .. I wish they would just SHUT UP!!
Perhaps Karl Rove should be questioned in connection with that case in Aruba. Who knows? The Dims might just get lucky. I mean they don't have to actually question him, just ask the questions and provide the answers like they're already doing.
Yeah. Socialist dictators get off on that kind of stuff. "Off with his head!"
And worst of all is FoxNews.com, still the lead political story "Bush: If Crime Committed, Staffer Will Go."
Geez, they're getting to be as bad as the Clinton News Network. Zip it, already!
I've been yelling at them for a week over this - Brit seemed to have the only comprehensive discussion.
You're pretty 'out there', Joe Jr., for a guy who just registered today. Hmmmmm?
You got that right. Fox News is becoming MSM at a fast rate. Brit is sighting a poll that says President Bush trust is taking a hit. It took Mort to shoot the ABC poll down.
Go for it, Joe Jr. LOL
And there is the crux of the matter. There has been a steady drumbeat, part of a larger strategy to get the Dems back in power, even before the 2000 election was settled by the courts. That drumbeat is a steady mantra of madeup accusations against Republicans in general and Bush specifically. Although Bush can't run again they fear him as a campaigner for others.
A knowledgeable Freeper said shortly after the election that what the Democrats were doing was from the Communists playbook in Eastern Europe shortly after the fall of the USSR and free elections in Eastern Europe. If the Communists were upset in a election despite their efforts to fix it, they would immediately contest the election, demanding recounts, etc. If they lost there they would mount a steady attack on the legitimacy of the the winners and continue with all sorts of accusations until the next election with hopes of regaining power. The left's playbook is so old as to be predictable.
The Dems first withheld the transition money so that when Bush was finally in office he had to start from scratch putting together a team and staff. They also planted loyal moles in the FBI, CIA, and the State Department, other departments too but those especially, often putting political appointees into jobs covered by Civil Service so they couldn't easily be removed.
We are seeing the results of that now. Keeping the Democrats out of office is the most important thing the lovers of this country can do. If those crooks return to power all else is meaningless.
From a National Review article by Ion Mihai Pacepa.
Thanks for the link. I opened it and looked at it but will save it for tommorrow to read. I am up late rather than early. :-) Damn Freeping!
And lets not discuss the tons of Uranium that was removed from Iraq by the US.
Didn't you get the memo? The latest to to FIRE people that have NOT committed a crime.
Weird, you sound like this guy with that:
Posted by spect8or to *******
On News/Activism 04/27/2005 6:24:16 AM EDT · 12 of 13
Yeah, Mikey, interesting. Ve-ery interesting...
Hmmmmm?? You have evidence for that statement ..??
yeah dude, I don't know what was up with him... But they've played that clip a bunch over the last 24 hours and I try to figure out what his deal was each time... Still no idea, but it's definitely weird. He's usually at least got the talking points down but it seemed obvious that he was trying to convince himself that what he was saying wasn't stupid.
yeah... almost Teresa Heinzesque if you ask me. She's one that always seemed heavily medicated to me.
Horse tranquilizers come to mind..LOL
>> Weird, you sound like this guy with that:
Hey, *YOU* are the one who started all this "Hmmmmm"...ing.
(and you think I'm weird? sheesh.)
Off to lunch. Time to play sheepshead.
QUOTE ME on where I told you "HMMMMM" before you made your comment in post 9.
It was StarSpangled who started the 'Hmmmmmmm"..ing.
Conyers organizing online against Rove/Bush:
The other day, Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad told Lisbons Publica magazine that a group of London Islamists are ready to launch a big operation on British soil.
We dont make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians, innocents and non-innocents, he said, clarifying the ground rules. Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value.
The cleric added he expected to see the banner of Islam flying in Downing Street. I believe one day that is going to happen. Because this is my country, I like living here, he said. If they believe in democracy, who are they afraid of? Let Omar Bakri benefit from democracy!
Come to think of it, they don't make a lot of distinctions if Muslims stand in the way of their "operations." They bomb their own kids. They are totally without principle. I think the democrats should learn that there is no distinction between Americans, either. Sheesh.