Illogical wingnut defenses
Ok, let's go through them:
1) Revealing a CIA Officer's name is no big deal
OK, this is ludicrous. Even though the case which inspired this law, the murder of Richard Welch in Athens in 1975, was really leaked by the East German Stasi, the simple fact is that any link to the CIA could be potentially fatal. Daniel Pearl was murdered because he was a reporter. Can you imagine what Al Qaeda would do to Ms. Plame or anyone associated with her? I mean her relatives, her (non-covert) coworkers, her sources, former boyfriends? She's now exposed as an expert in WMD in one of AQ's main areas of operations. Anyone proveably connected to her could be a target. Let's make this very clear: anyone who worked with her could be tortured slowly and then murdered, regardless of their ties to the Agency. Any time she takes a trip overseas, she could be kidnapped, tortured slowly and murdered. If you get confused, just remember what happened to Pearl. He was a reporter and they killed him to make a point.
2) Joe Wilson is a political hack
He may be a democrat, but he's hardly a hack. One of his jobs was as the political advisor to EURCOM, the American component of NATO. He spent a lot of time on the ground in Bosnia. Before that, he was the last American diplomat in Iraq. He was an experienced Foreign Service Officer who held extremely sensitive jobs while US forces were in conflict. He's had very responsible jobs under three presidents. Even if he hated Bush, his politics do not reflect his judgement.
3) Its just politics
Sure, if fighting the war on terror is just politics. The CIA isn't screaming "you damaged our WMD efforts" but that is clearly what happened. It is a matter of national security. Not the bullshit kind which classifies millions of documents, but the real kind which tracks the sale of nuclear warheads. Ever see the movie The Peacemaker, well, it's based on a book about real events. The script takes it all the way, but the potential is real . That is what Ms Plame spent her time trying to prevent.
4) It was just nepotism
TBOGG is kind enough to have dug up Wilson's resume
Ambassador Wilson is CEO of JCWilson International Ventures, Corp., a firm specializing in Strategic Management and International Business Development.
Ambassador Wilson served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from June 1997 until July 1998. In that capacity he was responsible for the coordination of U.S. policy to the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa. He was one of the principal architects of President Clintonâ€™s historic trip to Africa in March 1998.
Ambassador Wilson was the Political Advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of United States Armed Forces, Europe, 1995-1997. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe from 1992 to 1995. From 1988 to 1991, Ambassador Wilson served in Baghdad, Iraq as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy. During â€œDesert Shieldâ€� he was the acting Ambassador and was responsible for the negotiations that resulted in the release of several hundred American hostages. He was the last official American to meet with Saddam Hussein before the launching of â€œDesert Storm.â€�
Ambassador Wilson was a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Service from 1976 until 1998. His early assignments included Niamey, Niger, 1976-1978; Lome, Togo, 1978-79; the State Department Bureau of African Affairs, 1979-1981; and Pretoria, South Africa, 1981-1982
Wilson is one of the few Americans who had expertise in both Iraq and Francophone Africa and spoke fluent French. He was one of the people ANY administration would have asked to do this. He was respected in the region and knew the players. His wife didn't have to vouch for him and certainly wasn't the only CIA officer who knew of Wilson's expertise. The DCM often works with the CIA station chief, because he's usually under cover as one of the DCM's deputies.
5) It will go away in a day or two
This is the final insult of nearly two decades of warfare between the PNAC crowd and the CIA. The Agency's defenders swear they are hopping, pissing mad over this. They want a resolution to this issue because they feel it places peoples lives in danger. The word treason isn't being tossed around lightly.People really feel that way about this issue.
posted by Steve @ 7:43:00 PM