Playing The Hand After The Cards Have Been Turned Over
John Kerry's WSJ editorial claims:
Former CIA case officer Jim Marcinkowski argued the Valerie Plame leak hurt "the credibility of our case officers when they try to convince an overseas contact that their safety is of primary importance." Former CIA agent Larry Johnson, a registered Republican, said it "speaks volumes" that President Bush held no one accountable for the leak of an agent's identity.
He needs to read some papers a little more closely. The leaker was Richard Armitage, a staunch opponent of the Iraq War and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State under Colin Powell. Armitage leaked the information about Valerie Plame being a CIA employee to Robert Novak. And as Novak states today:
But they cannot fit Armitage into the left-wing fantasy of a well-crafted White House conspiracy to destroy Joe and Valerie Wilson. The news that he and not Karl Rove was the leaker was devastating news for the Left.
Manufacturing a White House controversy in the face of fact is a common tactic by the Democrats since 2000. The willing liberal press provides their talking points to obfuscate issues. And other than desk-jockey Plame's outing by Armitage and her hubby Joe Wilson, what real CIA agents have been ever been truly identified publicly by the White House?
But we have a new issue for Democrats. Today, the judge in the Saddam trial in Iraq stated he was not a dictator. The Dems can harp on Bush's invasion of a peace-loving democracy. Didn't the Michael Moore movie show us a Middle Eastern Wonderland before our invasion? That is as reality-based as most of their other pathetic but somewhat successful political attacks.