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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Roving Democrats

So, I decided to look more into this whole Rove debacle and see what all the comotion was/is about. From what I've read, Rove gave an interview back in 2003 where he was talking about Joseph Wilson and made an off-hand comment that he was brought into the intelligence world by his wife. Didn't use her name he just said "his wife." In this article from the New York Times, it actually says how she was outed as a CIA operative.
The officer was first publicly identified under her maiden name as Valerie Plame, "an agency operative on weapons of mass destruction," on July 14, 2003, by the syndicated columnist Robert Novak. He wrote that Ms. Plame was the wife of Joseph C. Wilson IV, who had recently written an Op-Ed article for The New York Times disputing an administration claim about Saddam Hussein's nuclear program. Mr. Novak cited "two senior administration officials" as the source of his information.

I am, however, seeing the democrats being utter morons again and I have a feeling they're putting their foot in their mouth. They aren't even waiting for the details of the case to come out, they're simply taking a firm stance that Rove should be fired. If it comes out that he had done nothing wrong, and I believe it will, the Democrats will show themselves to again be the reactionary party in this country. "Republican in trouble! Let's do all we can to ruin him!" Read these statements from John Kerry (you remember him, he was in Cambodia- or so he says):
But Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, Mr. Bush's Democratic opponent in the 2004 election, said Mr. Rove should not have a choice. "The White House's credibility is at issue here, and I believe very clearly that Karl Rove ought to be fired," Mr. Kerry said.

And this one from the same article by Chuck Schumer. Slightly more sane, but still quite suspicious of Rove:
Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said today he was not ready to call for Mr. Rove's departure, but that it was time for Mr. Rove to tell everything about his involvement. "Karl Rove is not an ordinary citizen," Mr. Schumer said. "He has an enormous power. And he should not be hiding behind a lawyer's carefully scripted statements."

LGF linked to this opinion column today and mentions a couple of more things about this case.

Media chants aside, there's no evidence that Mr. Rove broke any laws in telling reporters that Ms. Plame may have played a role in her husband's selection for a 2002 mission to investigate reports that Iraq was seeking uranium ore in Niger. To be prosecuted under the 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act, Mr. Rove would had to have deliberately and maliciously exposed Ms. Plame knowing that she was an undercover agent and using information he'd obtained in an official capacity. But it appears Mr. Rove didn't even know Ms. Plame's name and had only heard about her work at Langley from other journalists.

Rove hardly did any of these things and, in my opinion, didn't have any malicious intent. He was simply giving an interview.

Mr. Wilson also vehemently denied it when columnist Robert Novak first reported that his wife had played a role in selecting him for the Niger mission. He promptly signed up as adviser to the Kerry campaign and was feted almost everywhere in the media, including repeat appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press" and a photo spread (with Valerie) in Vanity Fair.

So he denies such allegations that his wife helped him get the job in Niger. Okay, even though in the next paragraph the author mentions that the Senate Intelligence Committee found such evidence to link Wilson's assignment with his wife pulling some strings, we'll overlook that. What's interesting is that he joins the Kerry campaign as an advisor! This makes it only look more like partisan whining on the part of Wilson and trying to find anything that could be seen as impropriety on the part of the Bush administration. Wilson's contention is that Bush was mad about the reports that no weapons were found in Africa and so, wanted heads to roll. But the end of this column says differently:

About the same time, another inquiry headed by Britain's Lord Butler delivered its own verdict on the 16 words: "We conclude also that the statement in President Bush's State of the Union Address of 28 January 2003 that 'The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa' was well-founded."

Okay, so that was wrong too. This Wilson character sounds more and more like someone out to get the president (or at least Carl Rove) than someone with any kind of legitimate grievance against the administration. Given the politics of the Democrats, and liberals in general, I'm not surprised.

"And another trumped-up leftist cause du jour bites the dust." -LGF

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has some links to other thoughts on the situation. and Lee has his own ideas. He seems to think the democrats have an uphill battle ahead of them.