Aug 28 2006
As usual, Ed Morrissey says it best: Fitzgerald’s prosecutorial abuse should be investigated as the only real scandal surrounding Joe and Valerie Wilson. The entire Plame scandal was as fact based as Joe Wilson debunking Niger forgeries in Feb 2002 – forgeries which the CIA did not have in their posession until Oct 2002 and which were not leaked to the UN IAEA until December 2002. But the forgeries were in the safe in Valerie Wilson’s section of the CIA for months. All you need to know is books are coming out so people are rumour mongering for money. Sadly, Michael Issikoff has sold away his credibility for a book with David Corn who still fantasizes about an administration out to get Joe Wilson – as opposed to challenging Wilson’s claim Bush went to war using known forged documents. Corn is a class A idiot and Issikoff has shown he will lay down with the dogs to make a buck.
I am also with Captain Ed with his frustration with Richard Armitage. One thing Issikoff and Corn note is Armitage had political reason to leak to Novak and Woodward – he wanted to distance the State Department from Wilson’s forged document claims and he had a Wilson long time friend in his midts – Marc Grossman. While people may like Armitage personally, his selfishness in leaving this scandal to fester for 3 years is criminal, and points to not so innocent motives. If Grossman convinced Armitage to leak the news or coordinated it in any manner then Armitage should have been indicted. Fitz-Magoo has been too biased to see how he has been played, but it is clear Armitage’s silence left this stupid ‘scandal’ holding headlines longer than was ever needed. Armitage has a lot of explaining to do.
Tom Maguire has an extensive summary regarding all the dots the can be pulled together now that it is nearly fact that Armitage leaked the news accidentally (twice on two different days). update:And Clarice Feldman weighs in at American Thinker.
What I want to see out of this is (1) an investigation into prosecutorial abuse by Fitzgerald. If Fitz is under DoJ oversight now is the time to prove it by someone determining how Fitz-Magoo could keep a closed case open so long and simply set perjury traps. I also think (2) we the people deserve to question Armitage in public to understand his motivations for leaking, for not coming forward and his relationship with Grossman. If leaking CIA officer’s identities is such a big deal (as the left maintained) then we need to get to the bottom of Armitage’s actions.
All I know is once the books come out people are trying to do nothing more than make a quick buck. Which is why I will not be buying these books. The last thing I want to do is reward the Wilsons and their allies at State for lying while working for the Kerry campaign and the shoddy, biased reporting that came out of the news media.
update: More by James Lewis, also at American Thinker. The only difference I have with him is I still say Fitz-Magoo needs to be removed and investigated himself.