Valerie Plame and Obama’s Double Standard on Outing CIA Personnel

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Hoping to distract Americans from his death panels for veterans, Obama made a Bush style visit to Afghanistan and managed to cause even more harm to national security by outing the CIA Station Chief there.

The Democrats did their best to turn Valerie Plame into a martyr even though the only danger that the leftist faced was fewer invitations to cocktail parties. That didn’t stop Hollywood liberals from churning out a movie about her complete with action scenes.

Will the same standard hold for whoever outdated the CIA Station Chief in Afghanistan? Unlikely. The official narrative is that it was an accident. But if you believe that it’s an accident, then you also have to believe in the complete and total incompetence of Obama Inc. when it comes to security issues.

There’s a case to be made for that, but considering the deep-seated resentment of the country in the upper echelons of this administration, it was more likely deliberate.

Unlike Valerie Plame making her cocktail party tour, the CIA Station Chief in Afghanistan is at actual risk.

The newspaper said the official, identified as “Chief of Station” in Kabul, was named as being among those at a briefing with Obama during the president’s trip to Bagram Air Base near the Afghan capital.

The list of names was sent by email to reporters traveling with Obama on his surprise Afghanistan visit and included in a “pool report” shared with correspondents and others not on the trip.

The Post said the White House issued a revised list deleting the CIA official’s name after it recognized the mistake.

The newspaper said its White House bureau chief, Scott Wilson, who was on the trip, copied the original list from the email provided by White House press officials and included it in a report sent to a distribution list with over 6,000 recipients.

Is anyone going to be fired for it? Forget about it. There’s no accountability built into the system. They’ll just blame the military and hand over a scapegoat if the heat gets too hot.

A year prior, Obama was also part of a call for congressional investigations into the Bush administration’s biggest leak — the revealing of CIA agent Valerie Plame’s identity.

Obama joined a 2005 letter with 24 Democrats led by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who had just been defeated in the 2004 presidential election, urging the Republican-led Congress to undertake its own investigation into the Plame scandal.

President Bush had appointed a special counsel in the Plame case in 2003, which ultimately resulted in the conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney’s Chief of Staff Scooter Libby.

Obama obviously doesn’t do independent investigations. Too many of his people would end up in jail beginning with his own Atty General.

In the letter signed by Obama, it asked for, “The public revelation of Ms. Plame’s identity, whether it amounts to a crime or an irresponsible breach of security protocol that doesn’t meet the standard of criminal conduct, almost certainly compromised her intelligence networks and may have compromised the safety and welfare of anyone who had worked with her overseas.  As a group of respected former intelligence officials wrote in 2004: “Any breach of the code of confidentiality and cover weakens the overall fabric of intelligence, and, directly or indirectly, jeopardizes the work and safety of intelligence workers and their sources.”

Valerie Plame, more of a socialite than an agent, was never in danger, despite Obama’s posturing. But his visit, itself a pathetic attempt at distracting the country from his administration’s death panels for veterans, did out a major CIA figure who is in danger.

Is Obama going to accept an investigation? He never does.

  • Salverda

    This is certainly a more damaging disclosure than was that of Valerie Plame. Valerie Plame, more of a socialite than an agent, was never in danger, while the CIA Station Chief in Afghanistan is at actual risk. Back in 2005 Obama joined with 24 Democrats led by Sen. John Kerry in urging the Congress to investigate the Plame scandal. Bush himself appointed a special counsel which resulted in the conviction of Scooter Libby. Watch the hypocritical double standard that is emerging here. Note the use of the word “mistake” by the White House in this case involving Democrats as opposed the Republicans.

    • CosmotKat

      In addition, her husband was a treacherous leftist intent on damaging the Bush administration and by extension the United States. The hypocrisy of the left and its supine media acolytes is amazing.

    • brooksmd

      Same double standard when it comes to changing position on something. A Republican “flip-flops” while a Democrat “evolves.” Case in point, Obozo in 2007 was solid on marriage is one man and one woman. He is now solidly pro gay marriage. His thinking has “evolved” according to the WH and the Obozo News Agencies (CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS ….).

      • WorldView

        Excellent point. One’s core beliefs on very important position don’t evolve from NO WAY to YES OF COURSE gay marriage is ok in a few years.

  • Christopher Riddle

    “Scooter”Libby’s life was Ruined by this PHONY SCANDAL!Isn’t that what The Obongo Administration calls:”Benghazi”,”Fast and Furious”,”The IRS”,etc.,etc.,?These are REAL Scandals.The Valerie Plame”Scandal”was a Fake,Phony,Fraud(Bob Grant’s words,not mine)!!!She and her husband are both Fake ,Phony Frauds and the”Outer”wasn’t”Scooter”Libby;it was Richard Armitage of The State Dept.!!!!!

    • Boots

      Scooter Libby was stupid enough to put himself in a position to get prosecuted for a process crime. He was convicted lying and obstructing an investigation about something that wasn’t even a crime. If the outing were a crime, Armitage would’ve been prosecuted also. Fitzgerald must be so proud of himself that all he could do is waste a poopload of money creating a crime investiging something he knew wasn’t a crime. The message is never talk to the feds because you have no idea how they will use the info against you. If someone gives different info they can prosecute one or the other of you over a “he said/she said”.

      • Christopher Riddle

        In other words,They can Indict a”Ham Sandwich”?

        • Boots

          Sadly… prosecutors are no more ethical than the rest of society. Fitzgerald had a pretty good reputation with a history of convictions on both sides of the aisle. I don’t know his motivation but it had to either prove he was doing his job to justify the money spent or he had a grudge with Libby or a Libby ally. So… to answer your question… even with no chance of getting a conviction they can indict you and force you to spend a boatload of money… and assuming the jurisdiction allows prosecuting ham sandwiches… yes.

          • DB1954

            His motivation was simple: politics. Fitzgerald somehow never got around to looking into the corrupt real estate transaction between Obama and his political financiers and supporters. The Obama’s didn’t pay income tax on that deal, and Fitzy was the US Attorney in northern Illinois. Gee, I wonder why?

          • Boots

            You know the answer why… follow the money. While Fitzgerald is a Republican he is still an Illinois politician which gives a pretty good indication of his ethics. Both parties have leaders sitting (or have sat) in jail.

      • DB1954

        Libby was stupid enough to put himself in a position to get prosecuted for a process crime? Explain please. Fitzgerald prosecuted Libby knowing that neither Libby nor Armitage had committed a crime. He KNEW who the leaker was and that no crime had been committed. Fitz is the criminal, not Libby, stupid or not.

        • Boots

          I agree with you regarding Fitzgerald although I don’t know if what he did rises to the level of criminal… at best he was highly unethical. Once he realized no crime was committed by Armitage there was no reason to continue. I still maintain Libby, who while not a stupid individual, put himself in the position. This was a political investigation from the start and media driven. Libby has been in enough rodeos to understand what prosecutors do in this situation… get convictions to prove their value and impartiality. If Libby were following legal advice his counsel was incompetent to not understand how these investigations have tentacles.

          • DB1954

            The ‘Duke Boys’ prosecutor was convicted of a crime and disbarred. What? Fitzgerald can’t be prosecuted for bringing an indictment against a man he knew in advance had committed no crime? Wonders never cease.

          • Boots

            My memory is a little fuzzy but Nifong was disbarred for prosecutorial misconduct and convicted of criminal contempt where he did a day in jail. Nifong went way beyond what Fitzgerald did. Sadly… Fitzgerald can use the “I’ll go where the investigation leads me” meme. The investigation may have been a set up but proving it was a set up is the legal challenge. Nifong just plain ignored facts, withheld evidence from defense attorneys, and ran the trial like a campaign. I’m guessing Fitzgerald is smarter than Nifong and knows how package his corruption to pass legal muster even if is unethical. Unethical and illegal aren’t necessarily the same thing… as our elected officials consistently prove.

          • DB1954

            Ultimately, Nifong was charged with and convicted of criminal contempt of court, but he could have been charged with felonies either under state laws pertaining to official misconduct or under federal law pertaining to civil rights violations. The NC Attorney General’s office apparently declined to pursue state charges, and the AG of the U.S. also decided not to charge Mr. Nifong. Prosecutorial discretion was their prerogative, but the point is that Nifong could have been charged with several far more serious crimes.

            In my view, Mr. Fitzgerald, notwithstanding his reputation for unbiased enforcement of the law, abused the criminal process in a way that did indeed “rise to the level” of criminal misconduct in the Valerie Plame case. In my view, he should have been charged under federal laws with official misconduct because his actions, in charging Mr. Libby, were entirely intentional and malicious. Fitzgerald, not finding any crime had been committed, simply created one and entrapped Libby. In accepting the role as Special Prosecutor, Fitzgerald went political in the last years of the Bush administration, and he remained so with the election of Barack Obama in 2008. Apparently Fitzgerald decided not to charge the Obamas with income tax violations when Barack Obama was President-elect.

          • Boots

            No disagreement here… this is just a guess but Nifong made it impossible to ignore his misconduct while Fitzgerald picked a mostly unsympathetic target in a highly technical case where no one was outraged at Fitzgerald’s behavior. Without outrage from the traditional media no one seemed to care what Fitzgerald did. Same with what they (Democrat prosecutor in Austin TX) did to DeLay. Major outlets helped convict DeLay for something that wasn’t against the law when he was doing it. The DA kept getting told by grand juries there was no case and he shopped until he came back with an indictment. This was a Democrat criminalizing political behavior. I’m glad that was finally overturned.

  • Libslayer

    Valerie Plame was a HUGE scandal according to democrats.
    Fast and furious, the IRS scandal, the AP scandal, Bengazi, the VA scandal, etc, etc, – not scandals at all to democrats.
    What a difference a corrupt black president makes.

    • Guest

      Sure can see where your viewpoint comes from. The key adjective “black.” Why would you even put that word in there, if it weren’t for your prejudice. This is the attitude of most of you TeaParty Racist. Thank you very much for reinforcing the point of racism, thus showing your ignorance.

      • Tg

        @guest — So many people voted for him because he is black and cover for him because he is black — being the first black president is a historic event; HOWEVER, issues matter skin color doesn’t!! I did not vote for him because of policy — like foreign policy — and I’m called a racists for that. Can @guest tell me why else this administration has gotten away with all that it has? Again, Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, etc. If you tell me it’s all Bush’s fault then all I can say is get a clue and stop seeing everything through a very narrow scope.

      • Libslayer

        Anyone who criticizes the imbecile is labelled a racist.
        I’ve had enough of obama’s much vaunted “blackness”. His skin color means nothing to me but everything to him. The fact is, he is a failed president. Calling me a racist doesn’t change that fact.

      • WorldView

        Obama enjoys more protection from liberals and the mainstream media because he is black. How many white men have told their girl friends that they don’t like seeing them with black men? But when a private conversation is made public everyone acts like sterling said something terrible. What decent whit man would feel comfortable with their wife hanging out with black men?

      • WorldView

        I am Canadian and very alarmed that there are so many Americans that would vote for a muslim/black/inexperienced/good-teleprompter-reader for president twice. America maintains stability in the world because of it’s values and all eclipsing military (also due to good values and American exceptionalism). The biggest threat to the world is American and European Liberals. Canadian too but thankfully they are too stupid to make a difference. By the way Syria is still crossing Hussein’s red line. What an embarrassment he is for the good Americans.

    • brooksmd

      Well the Dems do believe they are scandals. Made-up scandals by all those racist Republicans.

      • pfbonney

        Yeah, and made-up scandals by “Faux News”, they would have you think.

        Yet they didn’t get their panties in a wad when NYT’s Jayson Blair made up news, or when Dan Rather made up his story about Bush 43′s “missing” Air National Guard Guard drills.

        That kind of “Faux” news is just divine, as far as they are concerned.

        And Republicans are the bad guys just for exposing it.

    • IllinoisObserver

      The interviews Valerie Plame and her “publicity-seeking preening blowhard” husband do not want you to know about

      http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2014/05/27/the-interviews-valerie-plame-and-her-publicity-seeking-preening-blowhard-husband-do-not-want-you-to-know-about/

  • http://oddhammer.com/tutorials/debt_clock/US_debt_clock_dynamic.swf John Barleycorn

    This pisses me off . . .we know Obama is a traitor ,liar ,Muslim,hates America . .yet nothing can be done . .? …..This is BS . . someone needs to do him ..

    • Brenster21

      how do you know that Obama is a mulsim, do you have any proof, and even if he is a muslim what difference does his religon make?
      if Obama hates the United States then why did he run for president?

      • http://oddhammer.com/tutorials/debt_clock/US_debt_clock_dynamic.swf John Barleycorn

        you need an Obama banana

        • Brenster21

          Still waiting for an answer to my questions.

          • http://oddhammer.com/tutorials/debt_clock/US_debt_clock_dynamic.swf John Barleycorn

            “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. If you like your health plan you can keep your health
            plan.” (Voted lie of the year by Politifact)

            Not even a smidgen of corruption in the IRS.

            Benghazi violence was caused by an internet video & demonstrations.

            “I said Benghazi was a terrorist attack from the beginning.”

            “First of all, I didn’t set a red line.The world set a red line.”

            “I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration.”

            My budget will cut the deficit by $4 Trillion over 10 years.

            “I’ve done more for Israel’s security than any President ever.”

            The fence between US and Mexico is “Practically Complete”

            The health care bill will not increase the deficit by one dime.

            ObamaCare Fee is not a new tax

            The Health Care Package will pay for itself

            Health Care deals will be covered on C-span.

            “I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage.”

            Guantanamo Bay to be closed within a year

            Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Sotero spent the months before her death in 1995 fighting with insurance companies that sought to deny her the coverage she needed to pay for treatment.

            Didn’t know Jeremiah Wright was Radical

            Would have the most transparent administration in History

            When a bill lands on my Desk, The American people will have 5 days to review it before I sign it.

          • http://oddhammer.com/tutorials/debt_clock/US_debt_clock_dynamic.swf John Barleycorn

            Don’t hold your breath too long commie

          • Brenster21

            Why do you accuse me of being a communist? Am i a communist for asking you questions that you do not want to answer? Are you not able to amswer the questions that i asked you? Which were based on the comment you typed.

          • http://oddhammer.com/tutorials/debt_clock/US_debt_clock_dynamic.swf John Barleycorn

            Quotes By Barack Obama About Christianity and the Bible

            #1 “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”

            #2 “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”

            #3 “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?”

            #4 “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”

            #5 “The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics.”

            #6 From Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope: “I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex—nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.”

            #7 Obama’s response when asked what his definition of sin is: “Being out of alignment with my values.”

            #8 “If all it took was someone proclaiming I believe Jesus Christ and that he died for my sins, and that was all there was to it, people wouldn’t have to keep coming to church, would they.”

            #9 “This is something that I’m sure I’d have serious debates with my fellow Christians about. I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and prostelytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell.”

            #10 “I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup.”

            #11 “I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.”

            #12 “I’ve said this before, and I know this raises questions in the minds of some evangelicals. I do not believe that my mother, who never formally embraced Christianity as far as I know … I do not believe she went to hell.”

            #13 “Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will–they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.”

            #14 On his support for civil unions for gay couples: “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.”

            #15 “You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

            #16 “In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology”

            #17 “On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.”

            #18 “We have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own”

            #19 “All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra — (applause) — as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer. (Applause.)”

            #20 “I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”

          • Brenster21

            What is your point? The united states was founded on christian values but is not christian. How does this prove that obama hates america?

  • Readyabout

    Where are the news crews with their sat trucks parked outside Obama admin members salivating for someone to be “frog marched” out of the WH?

  • Bob McGovern

    Selective coverage, selective outrage, and selective memories – all in the Democrat’s favor.

  • NJK

    Obama’s a terrorist, and the White House, and his agencies, with all of the people he’s placed throughout them, are his weapons.

    There are no good people in Washington, D.C., because he would have been dragged out in leg irons, with that Jarrett pig, behind him.

    I pray, God helps us be able to try these people for treason, with trials and executions, one day. Please help us, God.

  • Boudreau May

    Just for the record…the woman in the above picture is Valerie Jarrett the “Queen of Distraction” !

    • The March Hare

      Oh, I thought it was Mick Jagger. There is an uncanny resemblance.

  • USARetired

    Obama, correctly known as “Barry”, Is a ‘Skunk hiding in a perfume bottle” as he is not a citizen, has no legal papers, and is working against what is ‘Good 7 Proper’ for this Nation!

  • http://oddhammer.com/tutorials/debt_clock/US_debt_clock_dynamic.swf John Barleycorn

    What can you expect from communists and traitors . . .

  • Toa

    I didn’t think I was alone in thinking that this “outing” is a sneaky favor extended to the Taliban by Obama and his kind…

  • NonPCconservative

    I would guess that the station chief would not submit sufficiently PC reports with all references to radical Islam or terrorism removed. Barry wouldn’t like to have a competent operator upsetting his friends.

    I’m also wondering what the payback will be on Karzai after he snubbed the “One”.

  • Tiger184

    EXACTLY my reaction!

    • Florio

      We`re in DEEP DOODOO with our present Administration top to bottom, rotten to core. Why can`t we indict the whole bunch of either Idiots or just plain crooks. they`re guilty as charged., Throw the Nutcases out and Harry (the) Reid to boot. Then we can revert to being Americans,

  • Ap

    Please note that Scooter Libby had nothing to do with the Valarue Plame issue. It was Colin Powells chief of staff Richard Armitage who gave Plames name to a reporter because everyone in town knew she was with the CIA. Such bs. Scooter Libby did nothing wrong and his “crime” was related to not remembering a completely meaningless detail that had nothing to do with Plame. But it’s illegal to get any meaningless fact wrong in a special investigation of that sort.

    This whole admin is one bad joke and their joke is on us. There is no way to stop this bad joke unfortunately.

  • rangerrebew

    Someone saw an opportunity for the administration to take some of the heat off the IRS, VA, and Benghazi scandals. Out the station chief which would be doubly bad if Obama were in the country when it happened – or was announced. If anyone thinks Obama went to Afghanistan just to be with the troops hasn’t followed Obama all these years. The man LOATHES the military so there had to be another reason he went and the time of the outing is just too ‘coincidental.’ This was a planned diversion.

    • http://englishdefenceleague.org/ 40cal

      They didn’t take any heat off…they’ve tossed a few more dry logs on the pile…

  • http://englishdefenceleague.org/ 40cal

    Like every little lie and scandal for King Barry. This won’t even be a ripple unless someone is presented with a matching pair of FBI Bracelets, They face 30 months in the Federal Hilton…and financial ruin…

  • Look_A_Squirrel

    But Plame was identified only as a CIA “agency operative” by Robert Novak (with no push back from the CIA). It was David Corn in the left leaning “Nation” who labeled Plame a “undercover CIA officer.”

    Corn was never held accountable.

  • http://whenfallsthecoliseum.com/author/kwatson/ megapotamus

    Left, Right or Other, America is just being force fed the simplest of simple truths: Obama is a dumba$$. He is a garden variety boob and surrounds himself with the same. They can’t even get the smallest protocols right. Well, whatever. Maybe the Paki station chief NEEDS outing and being returned home. Who knows what the hell is going on there? NOOO body.

  • http://batman-news.com Loose Willy

    She was not a covert officer, but a senior administrator serving at CIA HQ. Reveling her name did not compromise anything nor violate any law. She still retired with full pension (which was to occur soon enough). Just because you work for the CIA does not mean you are covert and that identifying you as an employee is a crime. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage came forward two days after the article identifying himself to the Special Prosecutor as the source who met with Novak, but was told not to say anything. Why? This is Interesting. If the Special Prosecutor knew within two days of Robert Novak’s article who the source was, why did he go after the Bush Administration ultimately getting Scooter Libby convicted of something he was not even involved with? It was politically motivated and prosecutorial misconduct, which he got away with. Yet, Ken Starr is still vilified for doing his job. This was a manufactured scandal, but to leftists, this is more important than Fast & Furious (over 150 killed), slow response (39 days) to the BP oil spill (but blame Bush for his slow response of 48 hrs to Katrina after the Governor refused federal troops to enter his state unless they were under her authority – which is against the law), IRS, Benghazi, Cash for Clunkers, Obambacare…Pul-lease!

    • Stephen54321

      Loose Willy: “She was not a covert officer, but a senior administrator serving at CIA HQ.”

      Actually, she was both. You seem to be insinuating that CIA covert officers are not stationed at Langley but only at more exotic locales like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

      From the Wikipedia bio page on her: “Plame served the CIA at times as a non-official cover (or NOC), operating undercover in (at least) two positions in Athens and Brussels.”

      Note the word “undercover”.

      You’re simply repeating the misinformation that was spread in the wake of the leaking to excuse and minimise the act of leaking..

      Loose Willy: “Reve[a]ling her name did not compromise anything nor violate any law.”

      Since she WAS a covert CIA officer, revealing her name DID violate US federal law.

      Loose Willy: “…getting Scooter Libby convicted of something he was not even involved with?”

      He was indicted on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, and making false statements to the FBI and the grand jury investigating the matter. At his trial the jury found him guilty of four of the five charges.

      He may not have been involved in the leak of the itself, but he was involved in the cover up of the leak; and when push comes to shove, it is often the cover up which generates the charges in the political arena. You only have to think back to Nixon and the Watergate affair and the Clinton administration and the Monica Lewisky affair. In both cases, it was the cover up which ultimately got both presidents in big trouble. Bigger trouble, in fact, than if they had allowed the original issues to come out into the public arena, a break-in in one instance and a sex scandal in the other.

      You will remember that Bush did NOT give a pardon to Libby, implying that even Bush believed Libby was far from innocent and in at least some way connected with the scandal.

      Loose Willy: “This was a manufactured scandal…”

      No, it’s called poetic jurtice. Someone inside the Bush Administration who was trying to punish Plame’s husband, only to find it backfire and rebound big time on the Administration. The incident would have generated less heat and column space had the Administration been more forthcoming in outing the leaker. But no, they had to try to protect him, which in turn led to lies and deception which in turn led to perjury for Scooter Libby–just as it was the lies and deception which ultimately brought down Nixon and nearly got Clinton impeached.

      Loose Willy: “…Fast & Furious (over 150 killed)…”

      As bad as those numbers are they are small potatoes compared to the thousands of US soldiers (not to mention the tens if not hundreds of thousands of Iraqis) who the Bush Administration got killed thanks to its misbegotten war in Iraq, a war that was totally unnecessary and obtained by lies and deception and has had widespread ramifications all around the Middle East, Including places like Libya (which you reference with your mention of Benghazi). It was information obtained by Plame’s husband in the runup to that war, and his publication of an op-ed about it, which in due course led to Plame’s outing by someone vengeful inside the Bush Administration.

  • BobDow123

    Say what you will about Bush and the Republicans, Obama is the President now and he just keeps proving he and his entire Administration are dangerously wrong-headed and incompetent. The only good news is the voting electorate appears to have finally figured it out.

  • Boots

    That actually makes sense… Libby was collateral damage and Fitzgerald didn’t get his prize. Sad but apparently Cheney is smarter or had better counsel.

  • jhsif

    Translation they went after nixon and watergate because he was WHITE!

  • Chris

    That’s Mick Jagger he’s with. Surely.