Nov 30 2005
The readers on this site are some of the most amazing I have seen anywhere. I am truly humbled by their collective curiousity and diligence. Reader Mary Mapes has uncovered an interesting set of data points developed by another blogger which, when connected, point to the strong possibility Brent Scowcroft told Wilson to go public with his story. You can see Mapes’ complete comment on this previous post. From the Next Hurrah we have this theory:
That’s because Scowcroft was involved in the Plame Affair from the start.
Scowcroft and Wilson first met when Poppy Bush was declaring Wilson a “true American hero” after Wilson got back from Baghdad in 1991. But they grew to know each other better through their mutual involvement in the American-Turkish Council. They discussed the rising push for war, but Scowcroft assured Wilson that the “right-wing nuts” would not “win the policy.” (Wilson 290) In Fall 2002, as both Scowcroft and Wilson started publishing op-eds against regime change, Scowcroft was at least partially responsible for bringing Wilson to the attention of the Administration. Scowcroft brought a copy of Wilson’s San Jose Mercury News column to show some people in the White House.
I sent my article to Scowcroft, Baker, and the president’s father out of courtesy, because I referred to the lessons learned in the diplomacy of the first Gulf War.
Brent called me when he received the article. He kindly asked if he could “take it over to the White House,” only about two blocks from his downtown office. He said that he thought senior officials ought to read the views of somebody who actually had experience in Iraq and with Saddam’s government. By this, I took him to mean that he intended to share it with the national security adviser, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, or her deputy, Stephen Hadley. (Wilson 295-6)
So Scowcroft is–at the very least–witness to the fact that someone in the Administration knew about Wilson well before his July 6 2003 article.
But I don’t think that’s where Scowcroft’s involvement in this affair ends. In his description of how he made up his mind to write his op-ed, Wilson says the following.
The last straw came when Dr. Rice, in a June 8 appearance on Meet the Press, told Tim Russert: “Maybe somebody in the bowels of the Agency knew something about this, but nobody in my circles.” That was a lie, and I knew it. She had to have known it as well. The next day, I called a former government official who knew Dr. Rice and expressed my disgust at her continuing refusal to tell the truth. He replied that the interview had not been one of her finest moments. (Wilson 332)
I don’t think it’s too wild a guess to imagine this former government official is Scowcroft. After all, he was probably responsible for introducing Wilson’s writing to Condi.
Very interesting and compelling reasoning. Now this is supposed to tie Condi to Scowcroft to Valerie’s outing or some such conspiracy. But like a stopped watch is right twice a day, this logic could be sound and the rest fantasy. It is the speculation the logic leads to which is off. FWIW, the blogger is referring to this blistering (or is that back stabbing) speech by Scowcroft (who seems upset no one listens to him anymore – wonder why?).
That would be truly amazing in any event. The only question now is Wilson alluding to Brent because he talks too much and let out to many hints, or did Wilson allude to Scowcroft to sead mistrust on the right? Or did Wilson even allude to Scowcroft at all? If he did he will have earned the title of ‘Benedict Arnold of the Modern Age’. I am holding judegment, mainly because it doesn’t make sense with the other angle on le Affaire Plame: African uranium trade. But it is a fascinating idea!