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Plame Out
slate ^ | Aug. 29, 2006 | Christopher Hitchens

Posted on 08/29/2006 6:09:41 PM PDT by bnelson44

The ridiculous end to the scandal that distracted Washington.

I had a feeling that I might slightly regret the title ("Case Closed") of my July 25 column on the Niger uranium story. I have now presented thousands of words of evidence and argument to the effect that, yes, the Saddam Hussein regime did send an important Iraqi nuclear diplomat to Niger in early 1999. And I have not so far received any rebuttal from any source on this crucial point of contention. But there was always another layer to the Joseph Wilson fantasy. Easy enough as it was to prove that he had completely missed the West African evidence that was staring him in the face, there remained the charge that his nonreport on a real threat had led to a government-sponsored vendetta against him and his wife, Valerie Plame.

In his July 12 column in the Washington Post, Robert Novak had already partly exposed this paranoid myth by stating plainly that nobody had leaked anything, or outed anyone, to him. On the contrary, it was he who approached sources within the administration and the CIA and not the other way around. But now we have the final word on who did disclose the name and occupation of Valerie Plame, and it turns out to be someone whose opposition to the Bush policy in Iraq has—like Robert Novak's—long been a byword in Washington. It is particularly satisfying that this admission comes from two of the journalists—Michael Isikoff and David Corn—who did the most to get the story wrong in the first place and the most to keep it going long beyond the span of its natural life.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cialeak; frogmarched; hitchens; indictments; scooter; valerieplame

1 posted on 08/29/2006 6:09:41 PM PDT by bnelson44
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To: bnelson44

I think this is posted.


2 posted on 08/29/2006 6:10:36 PM PDT by Suzy Quzy ("When Cabals Go Kabooms"....upcoming book on Mary McCarthy's Coup-Plotters.)
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To: bnelson44

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1692125/posts


3 posted on 08/29/2006 6:12:04 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: bnelson44; Admin Moderator

Posted earlier, but worth a repost, IMO


4 posted on 08/29/2006 6:12:59 PM PDT by pissant
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To: bnelson44
Michael Isikoff and David Corn—who did the most to get the story wrong in the first place and the most to keep it going long beyond the span of its natural life.

They kept it going because they were working on a book.

5 posted on 08/29/2006 6:16:02 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: bnelson44

I think the upcoming "movie" about Joe and Valerie Plame is going to end up as a double feature with the "movie" about Jon Bonet Ramsey's murderer wannabe.


6 posted on 08/29/2006 6:18:33 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (What changes do you intend to make to your lifestyle now that Pluto is no longer "a planet?")
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To: bnelson44

Once again Hitchens knocks down the sand castles of the left. Hopefully Armitage, Powell and Tenet will rot in political hell for this.


7 posted on 08/29/2006 6:19:02 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: bnelson44

Isn't there something these people can be charged with?? Everyone from Powell, to Armitage, to Corn, to Fitzgerald, to Wilson(s). This is incredible hubris alright!!
They need to be made to answer for their actions and previous malicious comments.
What is it with liberals????????
I notice how the "katrina" coverage is/will conveniently distract the media from having to report what they don't like about this story.
PURE propaganda!
OMG!!!!


8 posted on 08/29/2006 6:23:21 PM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: bnelson44

"It is particularly satisfying that this admission comes from two of the journalists—Michael Isikoff and David Corn—who did the most to get the story wrong in the first place and the most to keep it going long beyond the span of its natural life."

So why did these two dunder-heads finally decide to let the truth out? I'm confused on this one. Hell, Sandy Burglar was swept under the rug.. why didn't they do the same here??? Help anyone...?


9 posted on 08/29/2006 6:25:35 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: jackv

Some type law suite should come out of this but I'm unqualified to know what kind, if any.


10 posted on 08/29/2006 6:25:43 PM PDT by unkus
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To: jackv

The only real crime here is the theft of taxpayer $$$ by Fitzgerald. I don't believe that his SP investigation been shut down yet!


11 posted on 08/29/2006 6:27:06 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: saganite
Armitage is Powell's bitch. What is Powell's agenda in this mess, and how does his Clinton years figure in to this?
12 posted on 08/29/2006 6:27:53 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Labs Rules! Brilliant!)
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To: saganite
Yeah Tenet (the Clinton appointee) who said the WMD was a "slam-dunk". Tenet, who wasn't very well experienced and was put at the highest post in the CIA by Clinton. I remember Bush catching hell for putting that FEMA idiot in his position with his lacking credentials.
13 posted on 08/29/2006 6:29:01 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: unkus

Yeah, slap on the wrist a la Sandy Burglar.


14 posted on 08/29/2006 6:30:01 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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To: CommieCutter

Sickening, isn't it.


15 posted on 08/29/2006 6:31:06 PM PDT by unkus
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To: unkus

It all ends with a whimper instead of a bang and the DBM moves on to a re-hash of "Bush's failures" with Katrina.


16 posted on 08/29/2006 6:33:26 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Roccus

Disgusting b-------'s!


17 posted on 08/29/2006 6:35:09 PM PDT by unkus
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To: bnelson44

It's interesting that for a year the media KNOWINGLY promoted a phony smear campaign against the Bush administration. They only ended it after 2 "journalists" used it to cash in on a book. What is even more pathetic is that the Republicans in general (and Armitage in particular) didn't reveal the truth.


18 posted on 08/29/2006 6:46:38 PM PDT by BadAndy ("Loud mouth internet Rambo")
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To: My2Cents

Corn and Isikoff were hoping for a different ending, though. They ain't Woodward and Bernstein.


19 posted on 08/29/2006 6:53:25 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: BadAndy
What is even more pathetic is that the Republicans in general (and Armitage in particular) didn't reveal the truth.

Right.... it has all the earmarks of a Rovian plot.

20 posted on 08/29/2006 6:53:51 PM PDT by Asfarastheeastisfromthewest... ( "Sooner or later in life, we all sit down to a banquet of consequences." Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: BadAndy

THREE years.


21 posted on 08/29/2006 7:46:23 PM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: popdonnelly
They ain't Woodward and Bernstein.

More like Laurel and Hardy ("That's another fine mess you've gotten us into, Corn!").

22 posted on 08/29/2006 7:51:31 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: bnelson44

A total smackdown!

Debunks 3 years of tired liberal lies by smear artists (Wilson and Co) who played the victim game.

I want to get their 15 minutes of fame returned.

Great column.


23 posted on 08/29/2006 7:52:10 PM PDT by WOSG (Broken-glass time, Republicans! Save the Congress!)
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To: unkus

Perhaps we taxpayers can do a class-action suit against Fitzgerald and the Plames for WASTING the money we knew was being wasted all along.


24 posted on 08/29/2006 7:55:31 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: CommieCutter

I saw one of the authors on Softball. They have a very liberal way of twisting their story. No matter that this was a bunch of nothing that the White House had nothing to do with in the first place EXCEPT they used the info to attack Wilson. They were on a vendetta aganist Wilson. Yes they had nothing to do with the whole epsiode but they used it for political gain. ACCORDING to the nuty lefty reporter who everyone fawns over.


25 posted on 08/29/2006 9:18:15 PM PDT by therut
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To: bboop

That would be nice.


26 posted on 08/31/2006 2:54:00 PM PDT by CommieCutter
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