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  •  Plame Was The Target (20+ / 0-)

    From the outset this has smelled to me like classic Rove -- a bank shot, discredit the husband, who's the smoke, by outing the wife, who's the fire.  

    What could Wilson really have done to derail the war against Iraq?  Nothing.  Why would that alone -- silencing a critic of Bush war policy -- have been worth it to go as far as outing a NOC to get him?  It wasn't.  

    But if you could destroy an operation designed to get at the truth about Iran -- most likely that they are NOT an imminent threat to the US -- then the easily deflectable political fallout of smearing Joe Wilson might be worth it.  

    Remember -- at the time the Plame investigation began, John Ashcroft had not yet recused himself.  In this insanely politicized climate the White House had to believe that whoever would be appointed to investigate the matter would be a loyal Republican stooge.

    Instead, Ashcroft recused himself, an act in character with his refusal to sign off on the NSA leak deal, leaving the decision making to James Comey -- an actual straight shooter who ended up appointing Patrick Fitzgerald.  

    I think they banked on people accepting their political dirty dealing as business as usual, and being too cowed to do anything about it, and for the most part the media did.  They just didn't think it would ever go as far as it has.  

    Luckily, Fitzgerald has thus far proved them wrong.  

    •  I agree (4+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, clammyc, kraant, Ellicatt

      The idea that Plame was outed to discredit Wilson never made sense to me.  Who cares if she recommended him?  And anyway, why would that negate the information he gave in his report?  The logic escapes me.

      Although perhaps these guys aren't such brilliant geniuses after all - maybe they're churning out harebrained schemes all the time, and this was just one that happened to come to light.

      This, and that little thing known as the war in Iraq.

      Perhaps some mighty victory is growing in you now. - Mike Finley

      by hrh on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 04:22:15 AM PDT

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    •  Not only the truth about Iran but the truth (2+ / 0-)
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      clammyc, knutsondc

      about Pakistan and perhaps a resurfacing of the whole BCCI scandal.

      Cheney et. al. had alot at stake if Brewster Jennings had unfettered operational freedom.

      On another note: Look at how this destruction of human assets has left us with no alternative but to expand electronic surveillance to protect the USA. It is a tangential connection but Plamegate does relate to expanded NSA spying.

      Charisma does not save republics, Courage does. (adigal)

      by Carbide Bit on Fri Apr 07, 2006 at 08:49:03 AM PDT

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