Plamegate link round-up
The Anchoress has a great list of links for the lastest news and blogger speculation around le Affair de Plame. Of particular interest to me was this piece, written by former CIA case officer Reuel Marc Gerecht. In it, he writes:
Langley’s systemic sloppiness–the flimsiness of cover is but the tip of the iceberg of incompetence–has repeatedly destroyed agent networks and provoked “flaps” with some of our closest allies. A serious CIA would never have allowed Mr. Wilson to go on such an odd, short “fact finding” mission. It never would have allowed Ms. Plame potentially to expose herself by recommending such an overt mission for her mate, not known for his subtlety and discretion. With a CIA where cover really mattered, Mr. Libby would not now be indicted. But that’s not what we have in the real world. We have an American left that hates George W. Bush and his vice president so much that they have become willing dupes in a surreal operational stage-play. You have to give credit to Langley: Overseas it may be incompetent; but in Washington, it can still con many into giving it the respect and consideration it doesn’t deserve.
Read the whole thing. This whole “scandal” just gets more farcical by the second.
On a related note, Ian at The Political Teen has the video of Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely on Fox News’ Hannity and Colmes show, discussing his claim that Joe Wilson told him that his wife worked at the CIA in the Fox News green room in 2002. I should note that WND reported that Vallely initially claimed he thought it was spring of 2002, but he’s now saying it was one occasion sometime in the late summer or early fall of 2002.
(Cross-posted at Blogs For Bush)