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Thursday, 3 November 2005
"Mining Questions"
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who is as much a shill for the Left as any jackass on FOX is for the Right ---and you damned well know it--- was on his little cable access program last night, throwing softballs to Joe Wilson. One of which elicited the following (emphases mine):

Well, first of all, my wife was determined by the Fitzgerald investigation to have been covered by American law covering the protection of classified officers. So I don't believe that there's any other, anything more to say on that. Mr. Fitzgerald looked into it. He has indicted people. He has said that she was a classified officer.
Classified officer? Oh, there he goes again! Oh, sitting on the settee with our scones and our classified officers!

But what happened to Valerie Plame being covert? Is Wilson coming off of that and using Fitzgerald's characterization in a sleight of tongue because he knows that her status was actually not covert and hadn't been for a long time? Lots of stuff is classified in Washington ---and politicians, bureaucrats, military men and women, and reporters trade in it all the time. Do we want to make those communications punishable crimes now, too?

Wilson also rhetorically posed himself a question he commonly gets from his critics:

And, by the way, there are those who ask, 'Why did they send somebody who wasn't a WMD specialist?' The issue on the table was not weapons of mass destruction. Uranium yellow cake is just the ore that comes from crushing the rock. This was a mining question, and it was a question of how the ore gets transported and sold and how a government that's participating in the mining operation, in this case, the Niger government, might make a decision as to whether or not to sell that ore to a foreign government."
Yep. Selling otherwise innocuous rocks to a murderous regime under UN sanctions that may or may not have wanted to transform those rocks into fissible nuclear material was really just a matter for miners and shippers.

I mean, was that a joke that Wilson was trying to tell, but without a laugh from the audience?


Posted by Toby Petzold at 9:51 PM CST | Post Comment | View Comments (1) | Permalink

Sunday, 6 November 2005 - 7:49 PM CST

Name: Rider

These are such piddly-assed, junior high school level criticisms.

A WMD specialist was not needed because the issue at hand, the attempt to purchase 500 tons of ore, wasn't rocket science. Wilson obviously did not mean that it was not a matter of grave concern, but that it was the type of mission for which he was qualified. (He had been there before for the NSC, if you will read the TPM interview).

She was covert. Brewster-Jennings was her cover. Every other spy who "worked for" Brewster-Jennings was outed along with her. The charges weren't brought by the Democratic National Committee; they were brought by the CIA and FBI. Spoze they know if she was covert or not? Cheney and Libby knew she was covert because they knew she was working in the Directorate of Operations; not the Directorate of Intelligence. There was a time when the Nixon WH referred to the Watergate break-in as a third-rate burglary. That's where you are right now.

This case is not about Joe Wilson. It's about what this WH does when people like Joe Wilson dare point out that the emperor has no clothes on. They smear the messenger and suppress the message, even if it means betraying an American spy and every spy who worked with her using the same cover.

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