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Flowers: A Scandal Goes Down in Plames
Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 9-15-06 | Christine M. Flowers

Posted on 09/16/2006 7:30:17 PM PDT by cgk

Christine M. Flowers | A SCANDAL GOES DOWN IN PLAMES

SCANDALS, like wool sweaters, tend to shrink when mishandled. An item that looked so sharp at first glance can lose its zing when thrown into the wrong spin cycle. And it's only when we pull it out, misshapen and ruined, that we realize last season's trendy purchase is this year's damaged goods.

Take Plamegate, where the beautiful blond wife of an ambitious diplomat was unmasked as a CIA operative. Never mind the fact that Valerie Plame, Mrs. Ambassador Joe Wilson, wasn't exactly the spy who came in from the cold since this Mata Hari had been toiling at a desk job in Langley, Va., for years. And where she worked was the worst-kept secret since Rosie O'Donnell's sexual orientation.

(And it always seemed that our heroine recovered quite well from the outing. She and her husband didn't exactly run from the high-profile photo-ops, not to mention excruciatingly large book deals. "Invasion of privacy" is a relative term.)

So even though it was always quite unlikely that any laws were broken or any real spy hung out to dry, the prospects for political advantage were too high for liberal critics of the president to pass up.

The ones who liked to repeat the glazed-eye mantra of "Bush lied, people died" had a field day portraying George Bush and his neo-con associates as part of a Machiavellian conspiracy to punish Joe Wilson for publicly exposing the "lies" that led to the Iraq invasion.

Of course, Wilson's claims have by now been roundly discredited. The Washington Post went so far in an editorial as to call him a liar, saying 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."

So many liberals, that is.

Pity they forgot to check their facts before launching the crusade. Back when the story first broke, it was commonly believed that Karl Rove was the leak in the ship of state, the man who revealed Plame's identity to Robert Novak, who then blew her alleged cover in a column that tried to explain how a liberal Clintonite like Wilson got the job from the CIA to check out reports that Saddam was looking to buy uranium in Niger.

Since Rove is so universally despised by Bush critics, the rumor that he was the initial leaker fell like manna directly onto the plates of Bush detractors.

Here at last was the opportunity to (yet again) attack Bush as an idiot pawn, vilify his advisers as warmongers willing to victimize a suburban soccer mom, galvanize the feminist vote against the administration (a career girl was being slimed) and reinforce the belief that the war in Iraq was based on deception.

There was definitely joy in Mudville and at the Democratic National Committee.

Problem is, they got it wrong. In the recently published "Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal and the Selling of the Iraq War," authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn revealed that Novak's source was actually Richard Armitage, a State Department official who worked closely with Colin Powell.

And worst of all for Bush haters, Armitage was actually a vocal critic of the Iraq war.

Uh-oh, time out. This was not supposed to be in the liberal playbook. Suddenly, the alleged web of lies and deceit spun by Rove and Cheney and other administration operatives had a lot of holes.

No longer was Plamegate the creation of vindictive Republicans with an axe to grind who wanted to draw blood from a partisan critic like Wilson. The source of the leak was none other than a well-liked war opponent and D.C. insider.

In the interest of fairness and accuracy, you'd expect that news to hit the cover of every mainstream paper and magazine that profited for months from assassinating the character of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney.

Maybe Katie Couric would demonstrate what a treasure she really is and read the entire Washington Post editorial on-air.

Maybe Anderson Cooper would do a Katrina redux and decry the hurricane of hyperbole surrounding the case.

Maybe Oprah would reduce Arianna Huffington to tears, and Dr. Phil would analyze the New York Times editorial board.

Maybe someone could apologize to Judy Miller. Or Karl Rove. Or Dick Cheney. Or Scooter Libby. Maybe someone could teach prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald a lesson in professional ethics.

For the sensitive folks who were so worried that an innocuous ABC miniseries on 9/11 would defame President Clinton, setting the record straight should be important, right?

Apparently not. Like the shrunken sweater that no longer fits, Plamegate has lost its appeal. That's what happens when the truth gets caught in the wrong spin cycle.


Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer. E-mail cflowers1961@yahoo.com.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: ambassador; cialeak; coalforfitzmas; fitzgerald; joewilson; liars; novak; perps; pimps; plame; richardarmitage; valerie; valerieplame; wilson
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1 posted on 09/16/2006 7:30:19 PM PDT by cgk
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To: cgk

"Maybe someone could apologize to Judy Miller. Or Karl Rove. Or Dick Cheney. Or Scooter Libby. Maybe someone could teach prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald a lesson in professional ethics."

Gotta love it!


2 posted on 09/16/2006 7:32:53 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (I have the right to offend. You can take offense or not.)
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To: cgk

The MSM is not going to let their boy, Fitzpatty, let go of Libby. The Wilsons are press whores and happy go lucky plaintiffs. What a crapolla situation.


3 posted on 09/16/2006 7:33:00 PM PDT by shankbear
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To: cgk

Good post!


4 posted on 09/16/2006 7:34:28 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: shankbear

Fitzpatrick has done a dumb thing here. He can redeem himself by dropping the prosecution.


5 posted on 09/16/2006 7:35:17 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: popdonnelly

After the election Bush should pardon Libby and fire Fitzpatrick.


6 posted on 09/16/2006 7:36:31 PM PDT by shankbear
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To: cgk

Has anyone in the MSM asked Schumer any questions on this topic?
He spent lots of time behind the podium with liar Wilson at his side!


7 posted on 09/16/2006 7:38:54 PM PDT by ConservativeGreek
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To: ConservativeGreek

A couple of butt buddies I suspect.


8 posted on 09/16/2006 7:41:39 PM PDT by shankbear
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To: cgk
Mr. and Mrs. Valerie Plame Wilson... undercover.


9 posted on 09/16/2006 7:42:13 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: cgk

Wow! Excellent column, and nicely written.
(I had to scroll back up to check again that tjis was from the daily News.)


10 posted on 09/16/2006 7:42:19 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: cgk
Maybe Fitzgerald should pay all of Libby's legal bills out of his own pocket, then pay the tax payers back for wasting all that tax money to prove what he already knew.
11 posted on 09/16/2006 7:42:48 PM PDT by GBA
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To: shankbear

Sounds like a good idea.


12 posted on 09/16/2006 7:42:48 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: cgk
Thanks for posting this.

You do know that Plame, Wilson, Armitage, Fitzgerald, or anyone spreading this story around as Gospel Truth will NEVER even be asked to apologize, let alone actually apologize or face any criminal or civil liability.

Whatever they did, it was all done in the service of trying to destroy a Republican administration.

They have nothing but a lifetime of six-figure book advances and generous lecture-circuit fees to look forward to. Unless the next Democratic President awards them the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

13 posted on 09/16/2006 7:43:09 PM PDT by GoBucks2002
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To: bmwcyle

Ping.


14 posted on 09/16/2006 7:43:16 PM PDT by Apple Blossom (...around here, city hall is something of a between meals snack.)
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To: Howlin; STARWISE; Enchante

(( ping ))

This column is a well-written summary of the end of the Plame affair, at least in so far as it effects the Bush Administration. Incredibly, this nugget of honesty appeared in the Philadelphia Trotskyite News.


15 posted on 09/16/2006 7:45:32 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Check out the roots. Her "blonde" is purely bottled.


16 posted on 09/16/2006 7:46:41 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: popdonnelly

What Fitzy was noot simply dumb. it was a violation of his oath. We must demand a special prosecutor to examine violations of Federal law by a special prosecutor. He may be unindictable due to his vaunted position but he is not unimpeachable.


17 posted on 09/16/2006 7:46:45 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Here come I, gravitas in tow.)
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To: cgk

Excellent article. Very well written. Thanks for posting it.


18 posted on 09/16/2006 7:51:43 PM PDT by upchuck (Q:Why does President Bush support amnesty for illegal aliens? A:Read this: http://tinyurl.com/nyvno)
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To: GoBucks2002
Whatever they did, it was all done in the service of trying to destroy a Republican administration.

Amen. And that says it all. There can be no lower calling.

19 posted on 09/16/2006 7:52:03 PM PDT by Sender (Earth: 4.5 billion years old. Islam: 1400 years old. Nukes: 61 years old. Stay tuned.)
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To: Amos the Prophet

This should become the text book for a journalistic ethics course. The media acted as an arm of the DNC here...some heads should roll.


20 posted on 09/16/2006 7:54:30 PM PDT by Wristpin ("The Yankees announce plan to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: cgk

later


21 posted on 09/16/2006 7:54:53 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Lancey Howard
Check out the roots. Her "blonde" is purely bottled.

Haha! I was going to mention that as soon as I posted the picture. On a side note, I predict the get divorced (or split up) before the 2008 election.

22 posted on 09/16/2006 7:59:09 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Mo1; Doctor Raoul

Don't faint..this was actually published in the Daily News.


23 posted on 09/16/2006 8:05:35 PM PDT by hipaatwo (Vote for your life. Every vote for a Democrat is a vote against victory.)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
On a side note, I predict the get divorced (or split up) before the 2008 election.

I had that same thought a couple of years ago when Plame was keeping a fairly low profile. I figured she would see what an opportunistic and simple maroon her husband was and give him the heave-ho for dragging her into a cheap political scheme.

I now believe that she was fully involved (along with other CIA rogues) in the State Department's election-fixing scheme from the beginning. That is, she is at least as big a scumbag as her husband. This recent lawsuit seals the deal. Her actions can no longer be dismissed as naivete. Plame is a scumbag, and flat stupid.

24 posted on 09/16/2006 8:10:42 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: hipaatwo
And where she worked was the worst-kept secret since Rosie O'Donnell's sexual orientation

FOFL

25 posted on 09/16/2006 8:10:56 PM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: Wristpin
The media acted as an arm of the DNC here...some heads should roll.

Who would cut them off?

26 posted on 09/16/2006 8:12:20 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Howlin; onyx

ping


27 posted on 09/16/2006 8:14:09 PM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: cgk

This is one of the best articles I've read so far on this. Thanks for posting.


28 posted on 09/16/2006 8:14:11 PM PDT by doesnt suffer fools gladly (Liberals lie.)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

LIke the rest these are extremely stupid people. I guess they don't realize they are being used too and will ultimately take the fall all by themselves.


29 posted on 09/16/2006 8:17:54 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: Lancey Howard
She will end up suing her husband after the current lawsuit fails. I predict John Edwards will divorce his ailing wife and marry the soon to be single Valerie Plame.
30 posted on 09/16/2006 8:20:34 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: freekitty

They know exactly what they are doing... they just counted on the truth never being revealed.


31 posted on 09/16/2006 8:24:11 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Mo1

It's delightful imagining Chris Matthews' disappointment. Even better, his despair when President Bush pardons Scooter Livvy.

Dare any Democrat complain considering how silent they were about Clinton's pardons?


32 posted on 09/16/2006 8:33:13 PM PDT by YaYa123 (@)
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To: operation clinton cleanup

She reminds me of Denise Rich. Must be the hair.


33 posted on 09/16/2006 8:33:25 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("For seven million extra, we could have avoided a billion dollar WOT.")
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To: GoBucks2002
"They have nothing but a lifetime of six-figure book advances and generous lecture-circuit fees to look forward to."

Wonder if the book deal is still on. Can't imagine a book after all this scandal.
This couple is the most disgusting, even more than Hillary & Bill.
34 posted on 09/16/2006 8:33:42 PM PDT by fabriclady
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To: Wristpin

"This should become the text book for a journalistic ethics course. The media acted as an arm of the DNC here...some heads should roll."

Mediacrats.


35 posted on 09/16/2006 8:34:37 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("For seven million extra, we could have avoided a billion dollar WOT.")
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To: cgk
.........Never mind the fact that Valerie Plame, Mrs. Ambassador Joe Wilson, wasn't exactly the spy who came in from the cold since this Mata Hari had been toiling at a desk job in Langley, Va., for years. And where she worked was the worst-kept secret since Rosie O'Donnell's sexual orientation.

ROTFLMAO!

36 posted on 09/16/2006 8:37:13 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: ConservativeGreek
I'm still waiting for Lawrence (LIAR! CREEPY LIAR!) O'Donnell to apologize for being... A LIAR! CREEPY LIAR!

O'Donnell Says Rove as Leak Source is Confirmed

37 posted on 09/16/2006 8:43:04 PM PDT by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: cgk

This whole thing sickens me. Now that the truth is out, how many liberals are apologizing? none. Is Mrs. Plame dropping her civil suit? Of course not! Shes simply adding Mr. Armitage to the indictment. And best of all, who knew about it all along, but kept silent? Colin "Benedict Arnold" Powell, who now wants to remove any and all interrogation tools against terrorists from our arsenal. Am I the only one who thinks this is getting better (or WORSE), quite frankly, by the minute?!?


38 posted on 09/16/2006 8:45:21 PM PDT by wingsof liberty
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To: operation clinton cleanup

I expect to see the photoshoppers go to work on that wilson/plame pic.


39 posted on 09/16/2006 8:53:10 PM PDT by feedback doctor (Lindsay Graham, the conscience of al-Qaeda.)
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To: cgk

Patrick Fitzgerald is the REAL villain here: he new almost from the very first - even BEFORE he was made special prosecutor - that no crime had been committted, that Valerie Plame had not been a "covert agent" in many years - if ever - and yet he persisted, flinging subpeonas about, putting Miz Miller in the slammer, indicting Scooter Libby.

Someone should investigate Fitzgerald.


40 posted on 09/16/2006 8:56:27 PM PDT by Redbob
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To: YaYa123
Dare any Democrat complain considering how silent they were about Clinton's pardons?

They will .. Loons have very short memories

41 posted on 09/16/2006 8:58:35 PM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: cgk

Armitage, candid for a cabinet post if Kerry got elected, is done for.
He's toast, and will live in shame for the rest of his life.

Colin Powell is totally discredited, for knowing long before the Fitzgerald appointment, that Armitage was the leaker. He is totally discredited now. He can now avoid a political future for real, not just saying so in humble cliches.

Fitzgerald is now known by all as the buffoon that he is and was. Conservatives have known it all along. Some liberals still think he has credibility (good, let them keep this story alive).

Novak told it like it was regarding Armitage, revealing him as a nothing less than a traitor.

Meanwhile, Judith Miller stays quiet about it all rather than coming out with her version of the truth, meaning she realizes her total role in all this, and her time is jail, was a total waste -- to her and to us.

The Wilson's are white trash, in a league with the Clinton's (yep, both of the Clinton's, not just Bill).


42 posted on 09/16/2006 9:00:59 PM PDT by detch
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To: cgk

Now what about Plame & Wilson's lawsuit claiming Rove, Cheney, Libby, and Armitage "violated their constitutional rights in retaliation for Wilson's criticism of President Bush."? Are they just going to put their tails between their Jackass legs and drop the suit or are they going to let this howler reach court? Wouldn't you like to hear that testimony. Bwa ha haaaa! Maybe they'll settle it by paying the accused $400,000 to forget about the whole thing. Maybe they'll just sue hapless Armitage now.


43 posted on 09/16/2006 9:23:00 PM PDT by billndin
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To: Lancey Howard

Neither is she even close to what I consider "beautiful" as is witten in the article. Not even close.


44 posted on 09/16/2006 9:24:58 PM PDT by snuffy smiff (All skill is in vain when an Angel pisses in the flintlock of yer musket.)
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To: Lancey Howard

She does have nice white teeth, however. I gotta give her that.


45 posted on 09/16/2006 9:26:19 PM PDT by beezdotcom
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To: cgk

I'm shocked that the Daily News printed this. The libs there must have been asleep at the switch to let this one slip by them. Good article.


46 posted on 09/16/2006 9:29:34 PM PDT by PhillyRepublican
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To: snuffy smiff
Neither is she even close to what I consider "beautiful" as is witten in the article. Not even close.

I used to see her as pretty sweet looking. Now I see her as ugly.

It's funny how your opinion of a person's physical appearance can change as that person's character is revealed over time. And that works in both directions - - a person you get to know as a truly terrific and generous person looks better to you as time goes by, and a person who you learn is selfish and devious looks worse to you as time goes by.

47 posted on 09/16/2006 9:37:15 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Nope, she has never appealed to me much. While I do agree with the rest of yer comment I just never saw her as all that atractive-even in the first pic I saw of her.

And yes, I guess I do see her as far less atractive now.


48 posted on 09/16/2006 9:44:05 PM PDT by snuffy smiff (All skill is in vain when an Angel pisses in the flintlock of yer musket.)
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To: PhillyRepublican

It's an amazing thing. I am pretty sure that the bitter, socialist Democrats who dominate the Daily News' editorial pages fastened their seatbelts, gritted their teeth, and told themselves, "This makes us look more balanced, this makes us look more balanced, this makes us look more balanced," when Christine M. Flowers' column crossed their desks.


On the other hand, I have noticed over the years that the Philadelphia Daily News actually does a fair, objective job of reporting the news. They report the news straight up, whether it hurts or helps their party. That paper has a whole lot more integrity than the Inquirer, believe me. I have absolutely no respect for the Philadelphia Inquirer.


49 posted on 09/16/2006 9:47:06 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Ditto on the Inquirer. I've given up reading either of them except the sports page. Probably why I didn't realize the Daily News is a little balanced.


50 posted on 09/16/2006 10:07:25 PM PDT by PhillyRepublican
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