Wednesday, July 13, 2005

A bunch of sleazeballs you wouldn't even invite to a beer keg party.

The GOP talking points are pretty familiar by now to just about everyone -- when caught in a lie, denigrate the messenger.

In this instance, the GOP talking points say Joe Wilson is the bad guy in this mess, not Karl Rove!

You see, all Karl was trying to do was make sure that a "wrong" story was not put over on the Amerikan publik. And, oh, just because we can say it, Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson are liars. You get that? LIARS.

The lies by people like Victoria Toensing, Representative Peter King, and P. J. O'Rourke insist that Valerie was nothing, just a desk jockey. Yet, until Robert Novak betrayed her she was still undercover and the company that was her front was still a secret to the world. When Novak outed Valerie he also compromised her company and every individual overseas who had been in contact with that company and with her.

The Republicans now want to hide behind the legalism that "no laws were broken". I don't know if a man made law was broken but an ethical and moral code was breached. For the first time a group of partisan political operatives publically identified a CIA NOC. They have set a precendent that the next group of political hacks may feel free to violate. They try to hide behind the specious claim that Joe Wilson "lied". Although Joe did not lie let's follow that reasoning to the logical conclusion. Let's use the same standard for the Bush Administration. Here are the facts. Bush's lies have resulted in the deaths of almost 1800 American soldiers and the mutilation of 12,000. Joe Wilson has not killed anyone. He tried to prevent the needless death of Americans and the loss of American prestige in the world.

But don't take my word for it, read the biased Senate intelligence committee report. Even though it was slanted to try to portray Joe in the worst possible light this fact emerges on page 52 of the report: According to the US Ambassador to Niger (who was commenting on Joe's visit in February 2002), "Ambassador Wilson reached the same conclusion that the Embassy has reached that it was highly unlikely that anything between Iraq and Niger was going on." Joe's findings were consistent with those of the Deputy Commander of the European Command, Major General Fulford.

The Republicans insist on the lie that Val got her husband the job. She did not. She was not a division director, instead she was the equivalent of an Army major. Yes it is true she recommended her husband to do the job that needed to be done but the decision to send Joe Wilson on this mission was made by her bosses.

At the end of the day, Joe Wilson was right. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It was the Bush Administration that pushed that lie and because of that lie Americans are dying. Shame on those who continue to slander Joe Wilson while giving Bush and his pack of liars a pass. That's the true outrage.


Let's not forget that. All of the TALKING POINTS are designed to make you not talk about Karl Rove and to talk, instead, about Valerie and Joe. Valerie and Joe did not do anything wrong. But, Karl Rove did. And no amount of trying to blame the husband and wife is going to make what Karl did any less of a crime.

And let's not forget that the reason Karl leaked the information, because he was PISSED that Joe Wilson had the gonads to print the truth at a time when no one in the media, or anywhere else, was telling the truth. This administration did things that would ruin your life, literally, if you crossed them. Joe crossed Karl Rove, and Karl Rove deliberately, and with malice and forethought, outed Joe Wilson's wife, in a "there, take that you bastard" gotcha-kind of way.

Pretty sleazy, but hey, that this President and his administration. A bunch of sleazeballs you wouldn't even invite to a beer keg party.

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