September 01, 2006

Liberals: Crow and Frogs Legs for Plame Banquet

Regarding claims and investigations about Valerie Plame and "Smokn' Joe" Wilson (and, I'm not saying what he smokes), imagine, for a moment, that a Republican had made charges against the Democrats similar to those that Joe Wilson and the Democrats made against the Republicans. Well, we would expect that the major media would have buried the story in that case. So, I'm not surprised that major media is burying the revelation that, as many knew, Joe Wilson, himself, was the one most responsible for exposing his wife's role with the CIA--and, oh yes, lying about his Iraq report.

Liberals Imagined Sign of Guilt at White House

But, somewhere away from the front page, the Washington Post comes forward to set things straight.

We're reluctant to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story and that of her husband....

I bet. Just like all the liberal Democrats are reluctant to return to the subject now that they've been proved wrong. But, major media didn't thinik that too much attention was devoted to claims with no proof before.

Then, the Washington Post does offer this accurate summary after, naturally, suggesting that high level Republicans must still be guilty in some fashion even absent a conviction. Note that the summary rightly goes beyond the initial charge of who identified Ms. Plame and addresses the fact that Joe Wilson also lied about his report on Iraq shopping for uranium, for which Christopher Hitchens received flak (to put it mildly) with his evidence, as did I whenever I referenced Hitchens' columns.

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy.

Exactly. However, the paper doens't address who is supposed to reimburse taxpayers for the needless costs of the grand juries and the special prosecutor's investigations against our highest government officials. Would that be Joe Wilson or the Democratic Party--both who profited from the lies? Shouldn't the losers pay?

Then, the Washington Post offers this polite way to end the discussion on Joe Wilson:

It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

Unfortunate, indeed.

And, just who might have been among those who were telling everyone to take this seriously during the Presidential election? Could it beeeeeee Satan?! No, but that's close. It might be the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, CBS, etc.--not to mention the Democrats,, and every left-wing blog. How "unfortunate" that they got this wrong. Perhaps, they will do a better job of helping to restore the good reputations of those damaged. Don't hold your breath.

May I suggest a better a more appropriate way to end this matter. If you're one of those liberal Democrats who made outrageous statements against Republicans on this matter, follow these instructions.
(1) Print out this post.
(2) Write the word "crow" boldly across it.
(3) Eat it.

I like my way better.

Oh, and if we really want justice on this matter, let's allow Joe Wilson to have his wish:

Wilson wants leak culprit 'frog-marched'

Whoever released the name, Wilson said, "potentially engaged in outing a national security asset. "If that was determined to have been a crime, I would love to see them frog-marched out of the White House," he said.

Joe Wilson, can you say "ribbet?" Those frog legs could be your own.

Posted by Woody M. at September 1, 2006 02:50 PM | TrackBack

I am also remembering the Doonesbury panel which purported to show what an utter fool Bush was for believing in the yellowcake theory (this just after Wilson made his accusations).

What is Trudeau's 30-year record for retractions?

Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at September 1, 2006 05:36 PM

So, here I am, living in Carson City, NV, no computer, and...just thought I'd pop in and
say howdy. Hope you two reprobates are doing

Woody, sorry 'bout the Braves. GM, same with the
Sox. Can the Dodgers hang on???

Posted by Jim Hitchcock at September 1, 2006 05:48 PM

Jim, how great to see you back. both Woody and I have missed you even if we are a couple of reprobates. I know what you mean about Woody's Braves, but I'm not sure what you mean about the Sox, after all, we are only 8 games back... plenty of time. LOL

Posted by GM at September 1, 2006 07:16 PM

May I suggest that all of us old country boys go crow hunting this week. Dress out the kill, freeze it solid and ship it to your favorite 'impeach' the president member of congress. I'm sure they've ate so much crow in the past couple of days that they are running short in D.C. A buzzard or three day old road kill may be substituted for several of them.

Posted by Scrapiron at September 2, 2006 12:53 AM

Hi, Jim! Did the LA Airport expansion push you that far out, and don't they have internet access in Carson City? (How did Al Gore overlook that?) Thanks for checking back. I often wondered how you were doing.

The Braves' streak of 14 straight division titles is over. The only people buying my tickets are fans of the teams playing us so that they can enjoy watching our bull pen destroy us.

On the subject, I found this link at Dr. Sanity's.

National Review Online

It's pretty amusing because Joe Wilson, in a letter to the Democratic Underground, is now changing his stated purpose to more closely resemble what we said all along--rather than his being upset about his wife's exposure, it's really all about the politics.

He says,"I want to let you know how much Valerie and I continue to be buoyed by your support and your dedication to getting the truth out and holding the administration and its lackeys accountable for the terrible policies they have foisted on our country and on the world. We must keep fighting."

The left is now talking about how the civil suit will bring out the truth. This ain't O.J., folks. Maybe we really do need "loser pays" on suits like this. But, watch those in denial play up the civil suit and keep an eye out for all sorts of motions weeks before the fall election.

Maybe Joe Wilson should be more concerned with a criminal indictment agaisnt him from a grand jury if there was really justice.

Posted by Woody at September 2, 2006 06:54 AM

"We're reluctant to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story and that of her husband...."

Hmmm. Just doing a quick Google search of the Washington Post ALONE for the word "Plame" nets 4790 results. So what they're basically saying is that Washington should never have engaged in so much debate because it's the sole job of our media to try, convict and execute their imagined "suspects"?

WaPo, thy name is hypocrisy.

Posted by Oyster at September 3, 2006 08:30 AM

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