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Seeing The Light

The WaPo isn't very impressed with the noble Joe Wilson: now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.


No doubt the fever swampers on the left will see this as more evidence of the right-wing agenda of the paper...

[Update in the afternoon]

To use an old phrase, I find the timing suspicious, as does a commenter over at Roger Simon's place (and Roger's post on the mental state of the left is worth reading, too):

I wish that the WaPo editorial would not have been published on a Friday before a long, holiday weekend. I hope it was not an intentional attempt to bury the message.

Intentional or otherwise, it could certainly have that effect.

Posted by Rand Simberg at September 01, 2006 07:07 AM
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Busted link, Rand.

Posted by Rick C at September 1, 2006 08:22 AM

Sorry, fixed now.

Posted by Rand Simberg at September 1, 2006 08:40 AM

That article still full of crap.

WE'RE RELUCTANT to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story

No, you are one of the ones who doted on it.

and in the third paragraph, of a 4 paragraph editorial
That's not to say that Mr. Libby and other White House officials are blameless it then goes on about mishandling and other things.

I sometimes make a joke saying "I don't know if that was a backhanded complimant, or a front handed insult" This is a rotten, weak, pissant way to just scoff off their culpability in the hype as though they had nothing to do with the whole lie.

Posted by Wickedpinto at September 1, 2006 05:16 PM

printed on afriday before a long weekend means the
adults were gone and the kids were running the show.
The Post notably erodes over the summer and before

Posted by anonymous at September 2, 2006 02:37 PM

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