"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Karl Rove: Where's the Beef

Will Malven
7/13/05

Call 911, Democrats are hyperventilating. The Bush-haters are about to wet their little panties in excitement. Howard Dean is howling with glee.

The cause of all of this activity? Matt Cooper’s revelation that he had a two minute conversation with Karl Rove, who was on his way out the door to go on vacation, about Democrat party hack (and former ambassador) Joe Wilson. What was it that Karl Rove said? According to Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, Cooper reported “that Rove offered him a ‘big warning’ not to ‘get too far out on Wilson.’ Rove told Cooper that Wilson's trip had not been authorized by ‘DCIA’—CIA Director George Tenet—or Vice President Dick Cheney. Rather, ‘it was, KR said, Wilson's wife, who apparently works at the agency on WMD [weapons of mass destruction] issues who authorized the trip.’” Now I don’t know about you, but reading those words without the blue colored glasses of the Democrat party, I think that’s about the most innocuous statement about the CIA as I’ve read. Not only did Rove not use Valerie Plame’s name, but he only obliquely referred to the CIA, using the term “the agency” rather than the specific name. He wasn’t even asserting that she did work there, only that she “apparently” worked there. To this reader, Rove’s statement resembles more someone relating something that was overheard in a passing conversation than it does a statement of fact by someone who was interested outing an operative in retribution for her husband’s criticism of the Bush Administration. Very clearly Rove was trying to help Cooper avoid wasting his time pursuing a questionable storyline.

Did I say hyperventilating?

Frank Pallone, Dem, N.J. this morning stated Karl Rove revealed that “Valerie Plame was a covert operative,” very clearly a knowing lie from the mouth of the “honorable” Congressman from New Jersey.

Henry Waxman, Democrat, Wi. is calling for Congressional hearings on Karl Rove’s alleged outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. "The recent disclosures about Mr. Rove's actions have such serious implications that we can no longer responsibly ignore them. The intentional disclosure of a covert CIA agent's identity would be an act of treason," Waxman said.

"The White House promised if anyone was involved in the Valerie Plame affair, they would no longer be in this administration. I trust they will follow through on this pledge," Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said.

“The president should immediately suspend Karl Rove's security clearances and shut him down by shutting him out of classified meetings or discussions," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat.

"It is time for the President to keep his word. Karl Rove should be fired and prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York.

"Tell Americans what he knew, when he knew it, and who he may have told about Valerie Plame's identity in order to clear the air once and for all," said New York Senator Chuck Schumer

Now you Liberals wipe the spittle off of your chins and compose yourselves. Once again you are proving your incapability of seeing what is written. I have a small suggestion, try reading only the black parts on the printed page, forget about the white parts they don’t say anything. If you follow that suggestion you may learn how to keep from projecting what you want an article to say and just see only what is actually being said. Karl Rove did not out Valerie Plame, it's not even clear that he knew who she was. Allegedly everyone in the Washington press corps knew that she was working for the CIA. However, there are some interesting sidelights to this whole issue.
  • Joe Wilson was sent to Niger on his wife’s recommendation.
  • Wilson was a known critic of the administration, a political hack.
  • Joe Wilson’s report was considered by the CIA to be less than definitive.
  • The Senate Intelligence Committee stated that Wilson’s report did not change any analyst’s assessment of the Niger Iraq uranium deal.
  • Wilson spent a total of eight days in Niger meeting with public officials in his hotel room enjoying fine meals and drinks at the expense of the American taxpayer (wish I could get a cushy job that didn’t require any real results like his). Such was the extent of his investigation.
  • Wilson had no expertise or training for his mission.
  • Wilson lied about his trip to the press, claiming that the Dick Cheney had requested him, denying that his wife suggested his name( the Senate Intelligence Committee found the memo from Valerie Plame recommending him).
Now, the interesting questions:
  • Why would Valerie Plame, a CIA operative whose job required non-partisan dedication to information gathering select her husband, a known administration critic, to recommend for this sensitive mission?
  • Was Valerie Plame deliberately attempting to sabotage the Bush Administration?
  • Did Wilson actually investigate anything or did he just “party down” for eight days and then make up his report (there was no written report, only an oral report)?
  • If Plame and Wilson were so concerned about her being compromised , why did they do the Vogue shoot?
The inevitable conclusions are that Karl Rove merely said that Wilson’s wife recommended him for the job. Rove made no effort to “out” Valerie Plame. It is much more likely that her identity as a “covert operative” was made known by Wilson himself in his excitement at his new found celebrity with the MSM. I suggest he was mesmerized by his sudden transformation from a virtual nobody in the Foreign Service (Ambassador to Gabon? Come on now, you’re kidding right?) to a “whistle blowing hero,” darling of the Left-wing media and the Democrat party and, in an unguarded moment, let it slip. He was the toast of the Left-wing Glitterati. He appeared on radio, television, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times bashing President Bush without any evidence to support his claims. He was a Kerry supporter and donated to the Kerry campaign.

The Rove Controversy...come, on this doesn’t even rate a tenth page column. Let’s focus on something that actually matters. Ooh, ooh, did you hear about it? Karl Rove got a sneak preview of the latest Harry Potter book and told Matt Cooper how it ends. Bush must fire him for this.

Democrats, ain’t they a hoot?

John Kerry walks into a pub, the bartender says, “Hey John, why the long face?”

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