Put the blame on Plame – her husband, that is

Posted by: ST on September 1, 2006 at 9:52 am

Yes, the post title is a bad play off the song “Put the Blame on Mame” from the Rita Hayworth movie Gilda, I know. Anyway …

The WaPo revisits l’affaire de Plame and puts the blame for this whole drama squarely where it belongs: Wilson himself. From the WaPo editorial:

WE’RE RELUCTANT to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story and that of her husband, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, over the past three years. But all those who have opined on this affair ought to take note of the not-so-surprising disclosure that the primary source of the newspaper column in which Ms. Plame’s cover as an agent was purportedly blown in 2003 was former deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage.

Mr. Armitage was one of the Bush administration officials who supported the invasion of Iraq only reluctantly. He was a political rival of the White House and Pentagon officials who championed the war and whom Mr. Wilson accused of twisting intelligence about Iraq and then plotting to destroy him. Unaware that Ms. Plame’s identity was classified information, Mr. Armitage reportedly passed it along to columnist Robert D. Novak “in an offhand manner, virtually as gossip,” according to a story this week by the Post’s R. Jeffrey Smith, who quoted a former colleague of Mr. Armitage.

It follows that one of the most sensational charges leveled against the Bush White House — that it orchestrated the leak of Ms. Plame’s identity to ruin her career and thus punish Mr. Wilson — is untrue. The partisan clamor that followed the raising of that allegation by Mr. Wilson in the summer of 2003 led to the appointment of a special prosecutor, a costly and prolonged investigation, and the indictment of Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, on charges of perjury. All of that might have been avoided had Mr. Armitage’s identity been known three years ago.

[…]

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush’s closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

Indeed. People like the NYTimes editors. Speaking of, haven’t seen anything from their editorial page on this. I’ll keep checking. Considering it was such a hot button topic for them when it looked like Rove was going down for intentionally ‘outing’ a ‘covert’ CIA employee (something Clay Waters NewsBusters noted, too, a couple of days ago), I’m sure they’ll have something up soon. Until then …

Hat tip: ST reader sanity in the comments section of another post regarding pLamegate.

More: Tom Maguire weighs in on the WaPo editorial and gives some background on the primary WaPo journalists involved in reporting on l’affaire de Plame.

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    1. Lorica says:

      Does anyone here think that WaPo would be so “reluctant” if this was the fault of the Administration, and not some liberal who was against the war??? – Lorica

    2. BarneyG2000 says:

      It’s Wilson’s fault?

      Cheney directed Libby to attack Wilson. Libby commissioned a dossier on Plame. It was Libby that sent the dossier to Armitage. It was Rove that disclosed Plame’s identity to Cooper and was a confirming source for Novak. It was Libby that disclosed Plame’s identity to Miller.

      It was Libby that lied to the FBI and the grand jury.

      Every point in Wilson’s editorial in the Times was true!

    3. Baklava says:

      :) Lying lib leadership has their rank and file Barney’s all messed up with misinformation…

      What part of this sentence, “Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. did you miss Barney?

      Do people not have a right to RESPOND to FALSE and explosive charges? The left attacks and charges constantly and what is the right supposed to do? Suppress the truthful response?

      And no, every point in Wilson’s editorial is found to be NOT TRUE. They are claims about MOTIVES of other people. Let me give an example. Barbey’s motives are to obfuscate, tear down this country in a time of war, beat his wife, etc.

      Now really. Why does the left speak to other’s motives constantly. They speak as we want to starve the elderly and poor, destroy the environment, etc.

      Instead of sticking to the differences between liberal and conservatives’ solutions we end up having to give our solutions and respond to liberal attacks on our motives. That’s political discourse in your eyes. Do you like that pattern? Why would you continue it?

    4. BarneyG2000 says:

      Baklava, go ahead and take any point from the NYT Op-ed by Joe Wilson, and show me the lie? Anyone? Please don’t link or cut and past to an opinion piece. Please present verified documentation from a legitimate source. If Wilson’s lies are so blaring and numerous, than you should have no problems providing the evidence.

    5. Big Bang Hunter says:

      – the Lefttards are just so disappointed that their Leaks on a Plame turn out to be done by none other than Wilson himself to deflect, passed by Armitage through Novak, both ardent appoinents of the Iraq war, but like a dog with a bone they refuse to let this go. they’re hell bent on going down with the ship like drowning rats. Most of Wilson’s “report” has been debunked by no less a source than the bi-partisan 9/11 commision itself, something Barnicles and the rest of his monbat cult just love to ignore.

      – This was a “get Bush” witch hunt from the first moment Valerie decided to send her husband on the trip as a Liberal mole, and when he didn’t get the press he thought he deserved they cooked up this nefarious “white house Leak” fantasy.

      – The 800 pound elephant sitting on the teaatable continues to be:

      – There’s no surprise that the “progg’s”, working in unison with the rabid MSM would spin this BS yarn to hurt the Admin. the question that everyone wants to know it why Fitzgerald, knowing full well the real leakers name way back in the beggining, pursued this scam. I don’t hear one damn Liberal asking that question, now that the truth has come out for everyone to see. Their motives are undeniable at this point. The price they’ll pay is no one will believe anything they have to say from now on. The NYTrash is totally defunct as a source of any resemblance of honest, non-partisan “news”, in all regards.

      – Bang **==

    6. Baklava says:

      Barney,
      That op-ed is dated and talks about motives.

      How can you confirm motives for one?

      Secondly, the Wa Po calls two assertions of Joe’s UNTRUE and FALSE.

      Take it up with the Wa Po !!!!!

      I’m sorry you are misled !!!

    7. Baklava says:

      For those of you in Rio Linda, dated means no longer current information. It is irrelevant given the NEW information.

    8. Baklava says:

      Update your information database ! :o

    9. Baklava says:

      And why do you want to beat your wife? :-"

      Same pattern….

    10. BarneyG2000 says:

      “Most of Wilson’s “report” has been debunked by no less a source than the bi-partisan 9/11 commision itself,..”

      Bang, show us the proof!

    11. Barney, it was YOU who first made the assertion about Joe Wilson telling the truth. The onus is on YOU to prove it.

      Either put up or shut up.

    12. BarneyG2000 says:

      “..why Fitzgerald, knowing full well the real leakers name way back in the beggining, pursued this scam.” By Bang

      The special prosecutor was charged with investigating whether a crime was committed. The list crimes he was empowered to investigate included obstruction of justice. Libby had made misleading statements to a federal agent (FBI). When Libby was given the opportunity to correct or explain his misleading statements, he to lie again to the grand jury.

      Libby committed a crime prior to the appointment of the special prosecutor.

    13. Baklava says:

      You’ve diverted the discussion.

      Libby will be held to a certain responsibility.

      Now will Wilson? Or how about Barney? False statements galore according to the Wa Po and you guys won’t be held accountable…. Maybe you’ll at least apologize??

    14. BarneyG2000 says:

      Barney, it was YOU who first made the assertion about Joe Wilson telling the truth. The onus is on YOU to prove it.
      Either put up or shut up.
      Comment by Sister Toldjah

      The Iraq Survey Group (ISG) released its conclusions regarding Iraqi weapons on September 30, 2004. LINK

      “After conducting interviews with prominent Iraqi scientists, including Ja’far Diya’ Ja’far – head of the pre-1991 nuclear program – ISG concluded that Iraq neither sought foreign sorces of uranium nor attempted to reconstitute domestic uranium production after the Gulf War. Regarding the alleged Niger-uranium connection, Ja’far claimed that Iraq only had two contacts with Niger since 1998, both in non-nuclear functions.

      In the first meeting, Iraq’s Ambassador to the Holy See traveled to Niamey to invite the President of Niger to visit Iraq.

      The second contact between Iraq and Niger occurred when a Nigerian minister visited Baghdad around 2001 to request assistance in obtaining petroleum products to alleviate Niger’s economic problems. During the negotiations for this contract, Ja’far claimed that the Nigerians did not offer any kind of payment or other quid pro quo, including offering to provide Iraq with uranium ore, other than cash in exchange for petroleum. ISG recovered a copy of a crude oil contract dated 26 June 2001 that, although unsigned, appeared to support this arrangement. ISG also uncovered a document indicating that Iraq turned down an offer from a Ugandan businessman to purchase uranium”

      Now that I have proven that JW told the truth, the ball is in your court Sista

    15. Do you really think I’m that stupid? Please don’t insult my intelligence.

      Proof that Joe Wilson is a liar.

      More proof that Joe Wilson is a liar.

    16. Lorica says:

      Barney you are not too bright. Did you read the link you just posted??? In it it clearly says that Sadamn was still wanting Nuclear Weapons.
      Although it had not reconstituted its nuclear program, Iraq’s nuclear ambitions had not disappeared. ISG claimed that Saddam saw Iraq’s nuclear program as a logical result of scientific and technical progress and was unconvinced by the notion of non-proliferation. He considered nuclear programs a symbol of a modern nation, indicative of technological progress, a by-product of economic development, and essential to political freedom at the international level (what he described as “strategic balance”). He wanted nuclear weapons to guarantee his legacy and to compete with powerful and antagonistic neighbors; to him, nuclear weapons were necessary for Iraq to survive. His primary goal was, however, to escape the economic sanctions that hurt his financial situation. Public relations campaigns to end sanctions were one of his means to end sanctions, including information regarding sanctions’ detrimental effects on children.

      Seems like GW didn’t lie after all. – Lorica

    17. Big Bang Hunter says:

      “The special prosecutor was charged with investigating whether a crime was committed.”

      From the very beginning the moonbats, and the drive-by Liberal lap dog press, was screaming that the White House had leaked Plames name in order to discredit wilson’s report. Fitzgerald knew from very shortly after Novaks broadcast that Armitage was the leaker. As soon as he knew why did he keep on with the witch hunt of Administration personel, rather than call Armitage out. Bid big BS time Barnicle. He was given carte blanche’ to go after Bush/Rove pure and simple. His grand jury was not then, and never was about justice. You’re blowing smoke because it’s not what you and the rest of your anti-American cult wanted. Do you have a clue at this point how partisan and foolish you’re looking?

      – Instead of trying so hard to keep this dead horse going, you and the rest of your Bush deranged ilk need to be apologizing. But that won’t happen because you have zero character.

      – Bang **==

    18. Baklava says:

      I can settle this pretty quickly.

      Those 16 words were backed up by intelligence and the chronology of post investigations have both muddied things (for Barney) and debunked Joe Wilson’s claims and the Washington post just called them “Explosive” and “false” charges.

      Point being that chronology shows that Bush’s 16 words were backed up by the intelligence (not Bush’s job to provide intelligence to himself – it’s up to Intelligence agencies foreign and domestic – British intellence backed up their claims – whether you ignore that or not Barney is your own fault), subsequent investigations can only add data that make what intelligence at the time faulty or not faulty. And as I said it has only muddied things or debunked Wilson’s claimes. So, at worst subsequent investivations have only muddied what intelligence agencies thought to be true and backed up and gave to the President in 2002.

      Leftists claims about those 16 words are completely FALSE.

      First rule of holes is to stop digging when you are in one. The story has a couple different angles and the ONLY one that liberals can dance on is that Libby might be held accountable for making false statements. If he is held responsible alone for false statements then so be it but that is only because there is no grand jury or investigation concerning Joe’s “explosive” and “false” allegations. You are allowed to lie in this country just not to a grand jury. So you are safe Joe and you are safe Barney. But don’t carry out that beating wife fantasy of yours. :) See … we know your motives just like you know other people’s motives. That’s how it works.

    19. BarneyG2000 says:

      Lorica, wanting is not the same as having. Wanting is not the same as building. Wanting is not the same as actively seeking uranium in Africa!

    20. G Monster says:

      I believe this whole thing got started with Joe Wilson lieing about who sent him to Niger. He told everyone it was Cheney, and that was a lie. From there he told many lies, but I don’t have time to get into it. Barney, you are riding a dead horse. Your team lost. Pick another battle, the MSM has already ran away from this one.

    21. BarneyG2000 says:

      Sista, I read both articles, and first of all Hitch is a drunken hack foreigner that has been complete discredited by the ISG report I sited above, so I’ll move to the WP article.

      Point 1, SSC quote was background and not a finding. The SSC report makes it clear that there were disagreement between intelligence agencies on the factualness of the Niger claim and several other claims that have since been found to be false.

      Point 2, Valerie Plame never sent her husband on the mission. You cannot find one fact or sworn testimony to support that allegation. Her role in the affair was limited to passing information and expediting a meeting. Show me where she had the authority to approve such a mission?

      Point 3, Wilson never claims in his op-ed that the president or the VP saw or was briefed on his report, he states that such reporting would be standard procedure

      “While I have not seen any of these reports, I have spent enough time in government to know that this is standard operating procedure.”

      Point 4, Joe Wilson did not mention the forged papers in his op-ed, and he did admit that he may have misspoke as to dates and times, but it is clear that Joe was correct that the papers were forged, and the administration knew the papers were forged.

      Finally, Joe Wilson never claimed to be a weapons expert. His point is that anyone with any common sense could see that all the evidence refuted the Niger uranium claim. That conclusion has been supported by the retraction of the 16-words, the refusal of Colin Powel to use the intelligence in his UN speech, the final report of the weapon inspectors, the ISG report, the SSC report and the lack of any WMD or WMD programs, so again, please indicate where JW lied in his op-ed?

    22. Ok, now I know you’re being deliberately obtuse. Goodbye, Barney.

    23. Baklava says:

      Barney
      sought…

      that’s what intelligence said.

      That’s what they stood by

      Subsequent investigations at worst have muddied but other investigations have negated JW’s words. Wa Po has called his accusations “explosive” and “FALSE”.

      Stop digging when you are in a hole

      For political newbies out there, let this be a lesson about how Democrats and leftists operate. Smear, attack, not accept facts.

    24. Drewsmom says:

      Now Brney, don’t be a site pest, sista told you Goodbye,
      so good riddence.
      There are only two things in Niger, yellow cake and sand and wilson didn’t take his stupid ass over there to get info on sand, his ass lied and we know it and even the wa. post knows it, SO GIVE IT THE HELL UP. :-@:^o

    25. Lorica says:

      Geee Barney I didn’t know that wanting wasn’t the same as having. Duh!!! So stupid of me. But when it comes to crazy dictators, wanting is using power to get. Read your article goof ball. It clearly says WHEN THE SANTIONS DROPPED SADAMN WAS GOING TO TRY TO GET NUCLEAR WEAPONS. Good Lord Barney is reading comprehension beyond you??? No one said that Sadamn had nuclear weapons. They only said he wanted them. What was said is that he had Weapons of Mass Destruction. And guess what HE DID!!!! Stop being stupid Barney. If he had Chemical and Biological WMDs, then he would of gotten nuclear eventually. – Lorica