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As everyone falls all over themselves speculating as to who will be indicted, we all seem to overlook three simple inquiries that every criminal investigator always ask when they look at a conspiracy:

Who had the means?

Who had the motive?

And who stood to benefit?

Add those all together and it spells AIPAC.  And the Mossad.  And Patrick Fitzgerald may be on to the biggest espionage operation in American history.

More below the fold...

QUESTION: Who had the means to expose Valerie Plame's clandestine identity?

Who among us could say, to a certainty, that someone we know is a CIA operative, particularly an undercover case officer in the Diretorate of Operations?

I know that I could not.  And I've known some CIA types over the years who ;fessed up once they were retired.

But who would be a position to know?

ANSWER: Another foreign intelligence agency.

QUESTION: Who had the motive to expose Valerie Plame's identity?

In case anyone has forgotten, Saddam Hussein was paying the families of suicide bombers $25,000 a pop -- no pun intended -- to blow themselves up in Israeli cities.  Israelis were dying by the hundreds nearly every week at the hands of Saddam-subsidized jihadists.

The Israelis wanted Saddam dead or gone or both.  Badly.  But they could not run the risk of taking on his army or ticking off the rest of the Arab world by attacking him.  Which may be why they called their friends in AIPAC and the neocon cult to draft their minions to do the dirty work.

QUESTION:  Who benefitted from outing Valerie Plame?

Americans don't go into a war willy-nilly, at least not before Iraq.  We need a reason; or, at the very least, some pretext.  Vietnam, after all, was preceded by either a very nervous botswain's mate in the Tonkin Gulf seeing something on a radar screen that wasn't there, or by sinister war mongers in the Johnson Administration, depending on which side you believe.

Some person or some group manufactured the evidence of the yellowcake in Niger.  Some person or group created the false information that got stovepiped to the Vice President's office in it's most raw, unanalyzed form.

Does it really seem coincidental that Scooter Libby = an old neocon hand --- outed Valerie Plame to the NYT's Judith Miller? Does it not seem just a bit odd that when the error of Plame's exposure -- that it was a felony -- Bob May, the press flack for the Israel lobby's Center for the Defense of the Democracies was -- the SAME DAY --- protesting that it wasn't a big deal?  That Plame's identity was 'an open secret'?  Does it surprise ANYBODY that AIPAC and their minions in the Pentagon -- Perle, Libby, and the rest of the neocons --- desperately wanted to create a pretext for an American war that would exterminate Saddam Hussein?

Come on, Mr. Fitzgerald...show us what you're really made of....go after the real skeleton in the closet...go after the spy ring that has permeated the Pentagon for at least five years...and even further back.

Originally posted to Thinking Republican on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 07:10 PM PDT.

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  •  If you don't recommend... (none)
    ...this investigation will fall by the wayside, like all the dozens of others against AIPAC have in the last 20 years...

    "The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves." - Eric Hoffer www.InTheArena.bravehost.com

    by Thinking Republican on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 07:12:55 PM PDT

  •  I would tend to believe this argument (none)
    but it would seem that, at the very least, Mossad didn't plant the forged Niger documents. Assuming, that is, that they can do a better job than this:

    There may very well have been multiple players in this clusterfuck, however.

    In the long run we are all Keynes. (dead)

    by MarkInSanFran on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 07:26:20 PM PDT

    •  Well, ask yourself this question; (none)
      IF, on the eve of the American invasion, the Israelis had had absolute, unmitigated proof that there were NO WMD's in Iraq, do you think they would have told us?

      "The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves." - Eric Hoffer www.InTheArena.bravehost.com

      by Thinking Republican on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 07:33:18 PM PDT

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      •  Hell no they wouldn't have told us (none)
        As I implied, I would have no trouble at all believing that Moassad would gleefully help Mr. Bush with his crusade against all things arab (and persian etc.). I just think that they would have done a better job on the Niger docs.

        In the long run we are all Keynes. (dead)

        by MarkInSanFran on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 07:40:01 PM PDT

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  •  Isn't this subject... (none)
    ...one of the "untouchables?" Sure could explain an awful lot if people were willing to discuss it. Reminds me a little of the Aspens out West.
  •  And does everyone think this (none)
    bruhaha from the neocons has anything to do with little Harriet Miers?

    Don't you really think its the neocon press --- National Review, WSJ, etc --- saying to the White House, "if you DARE screw with AIPAC, we'll screw with YOU? We'll make your last years in office horrible?"

    "The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves." - Eric Hoffer www.InTheArena.bravehost.com

    by Thinking Republican on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 07:50:31 PM PDT

    •  well (none)
      I don't think Bush gives a fig about AIPAC any longer...he doesn't need them and he could care less about keeping their support for any one who comes after him in office...Bush was always an "accidential" politican anyway.

      What you have to look out for is the neo movements moving into the demo camp...they have already moved in and have several organizations and think thanks promoting "Democratic agendas for Spreading Decmocracy".."How the Dems Can win by being republicans" and other assorted crap...code for continuing to upend the bad Arabs and turn the mid east into Honeydew Lane,USA and Wall Street.....

      As far as all the neo publications taking him down now, they are just pissed as hell we haven't bombed Iran yet and that Bush seems to be thinking of how to get out of Iraq.. drat!.. there goes their empire........and  are sending out word to McCain and other contenders that they will support whoever gets tougher than duyba. So far most of them are writting love tributes to McCain so I think he's their favorite.

  •  OK, call me thick (4.00)
    But when I read the title of this diary from the Recent Diaries list, because of word wrap, it read:

    LOST IN THE MIX? The
    Plame/Neocon/Moss
    ad Connection

    and for the life of me I couldn't imagine what a Kate Moss ad would have to do with all this.

  •  While I agree (4.00)
    ..the Lukid and the uber Israeli neo's in this adm were up to their eyeballs in the Iran war set up...I don't think the Israelis had anything to do with the Plame affair.......it was just the adm neo's trying to squelch any looksee into how they hoodwinked the US into war.

    And the Mossad is grossly overrated...look at all the things they have been caught at...

    •  And what of what they weren't caught at? (none)
      Seems to me not many people would have known her ID and that the real smoking gun is when the Center for the Defense of the Democracies freaked when they learned it was a felony.

      "The beginning of thought is in disagreement -- not only with others but also with ourselves." - Eric Hoffer www.InTheArena.bravehost.com

      by Thinking Republican on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 08:10:02 PM PDT

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  •  Didn't miss it (none)
    Been waiting for the connection to be made in the press or by Fitz in the investigation.

    Read through retired Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski's accounts of the run-up to war; she specifically mentions officers or officials of a particular country who appeared to be quite familiar with the place where she was working.  Also has some comments about Larry Franklin, too.  

    The question is, where do the two investigations overlap?  I'm certain they do at least once, on the issue of WMD and uranium.  But where else do they intersect?

    •  Kwiatkowski (none)
      ..really is a treasure trove of inside information about who was who inside the Office of Special Plans. Her observations really do tell a lot about the little neo band and their attitudes.

      I think the intersection of Plame and the WMD and the fake yellow cake report are just the same circle of people who put the war lies together.

      As for Bush..well he is basically unconcious most of the time anyway.

  •  You still have the complicity of the WH (none)
    What is really telling to me is that Bush didn't freak out and start firing people when this was exposed. He didn't even act indignant.

    This is the "dog-didn't-bark" observation.

    •  Not only that, but he (none)
      mocked the leak.  "This is a big administration - we'll never know cuz you press never give up your sources."

      Bush could have stopped this cold.  He didn't want to cuz he knew what was going on and loved it.

      Furthermore, the FBI/SP interviews with WH staff were reportedly very combative.  

      Plus, my favorite quote from a "WH senior official" way back before Ashcroft recused himself: "We've rolled the earthmovers in over this one."  

  •  Only one big Mossad op at a time (none)
    And Mossad was too busy with the World Trade Center operation to handle the yellowcake, too.

    In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

    by Paul in Berkeley on Sat Oct 08, 2005 at 09:10:11 PM PDT

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