Friday, September 01, 2006

End of the Plame game.

Blah blah blah Joe Wilson. Blah blah blah Valerie Plame. Blah blah...Washington Post declares the whole stupid mess to be done and that it was Wilson's fault his wife's career ended? Now that is interesting.

Nevertheless, it 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.

This story carried on too long amongst those who are into politics. So much so, in fact, that the whole thing became folly and Wilson's supporters were looking pretty silly in this blogger's opinion. The funny thing is, I don't sense that this story ever resonated much with the general public that doesn't follow politics closely. May this week be the very emphatic period at the end of the overwrought Plame game narrative.

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