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  •  Justifying official treason. (4.00)
    The point of the Stratfor article is that, going forward, "we" cannot be compromising our non-official-cover spies. Plame was just an exception.

    The lesson of the Plame outing apparently needs to be taught once every generation: the American intelligence network exists for the benefit of "conservative" agendas, and any straying from that mission voids the bonded promise to protect you and your acquaintances from the hell of unmasking.

    Here is the center of their proposed acquittal:We can think of only one possible justification for this action: That it was done on the order of the president.

    And here is the electric kool-aid acid blotter: Ultimately, the Plame affair points to a fundamental problem in intelligence. As those who have been in the field have told us, the biggest fear is that someone back in the home office will bring the operation down.

    From these sentiments are born sovereign intelligence services with inordinate power over the U.S. executive.

    With Negroponte Contra-sizing the intelligence services, their allegiances have now once again been aligned toward one-party legitimacy.

    •  On Bush's orders? (none)
      Do you seriously think that anybody in the Bush administration is going to say that Plame was outed on Bush's orders?  That might be the one thing that could make some of the predictions around here about an impeachment seem prophetic.

      My impression that this was essentially a throw-away possibility, put in the article in order to demonstrate just how ridiculous was any suggestion that this leak was in some way justified.

    •  I tihnk youre reading it wrong (none)
      They're saying the only way this is legal is if the President ordered it.

      Becuase the president (ALL Presidents) has that power.

      He's not saying its justified.

      When I hear the phrase "culture of life" I want to reach for my gun.

      by PoliMorf on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 06:47:28 AM PDT

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      •  Notice how the tone is set (none)
        with this "everybody does it" trivialization:

        There are three rules concerning political scandal in the United States. First, every administration has scandals. Second, the party in opposition will always claim that there has never been an administration as corrupt as the one currently occupying the White House. Three, two is almost never true.

        and builds to this declaration of moral monopoly:

        one of the criticisms conservatives have of liberals is that they do not understand that we live in a dangerous world and, therefore, that they underestimate the effort needed to ensure national security. Liberals have questioned the utility and morality of espionage. Conservatives have been champions of national security and of the United States' overt and covert capabilities. Conservatives have condemned the atrophy of American intelligence capabilities....Valerie Plame was a soldier in service to the United States, unprotected by uniform or diplomatic immunity. I have no idea whether she served well or poorly, or violated regulations later. But she did serve. And thus, she and all the other NOCs were owed far more -- especially by a conservative administration -- than they got.

        Even if that debt wasn't owed to Plame, it remains in place for all the other spooks standing guard in dangerous places.

        Even if that debt wasn't owed to Plame ...

        ... because the intelligence services serve the exclusive conservative franchise to define national security.

        •  disagree (none)
          "And thus, she and all the other NOCs were owed far more -- especially by a conservative administration -- than they got.

          Even if that debt wasn't owed to Plame, it remains in place for all the other spooks standing guard in dangerous places."

          remember this earlier part

          ""Imagine, if you will, working in Damascus as a NOC and reading that the president's chief adviser had confirmed the identity of a NOC. As you push into middle age, wondering what happened to your life, the sudden realization that your own government threatens your safety might convince you to resign and go home. That would cost the United States an agent it had spent decades developing. You don't just pop a new agent in his place. That NOC's resignation could leave the United States blind at a critical moment in a key place. Should it turn out that Rove and Libby not only failed to protect Plame's identity but deliberately leaked it, it would be a blow to the heart of U.S. intelligence. If just one critical NOC pulled out and the United States went blind in one location, the damage could be substantial. At the very least, it is a risk the United States should not have to incur."""

          Hardly reads like praise of this administrations actions.

          When I hear the phrase "culture of life" I want to reach for my gun.

          by PoliMorf on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 07:09:05 AM PDT

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          •  No you don't disagree. (none)
            ;)

            They are not praising the administration's actions, I agree.

            It's part damage control, but mostly a sales job reminding conservatives that the intelligence community can be a conservative asset that gives their cause an edge over constitutional distribution of power.

            They are rallying conservatives in general and the now-realigned intelligence community to renew the sacred oath to protect spies.

            They also leave room to debate whether it was treason in the case of Plame, which for conservatives means leaving room to believe whatever one wants to believe.

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