Readers React to Plame Stories
September 17, 2006
Editor's Note: Below are readers' comments about recent developments in the investigation of how the Bush administration leaked the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame, including our stories about the Rove-Armitage connection:
In all the talk shows, newsprint, mags, bloggers, etc, I never hear
anyone quote Karl Rove's comment that "Joe Wilson's wife is fair
game". Why not?
Bob, I try to be a logical person. I assume you do, too ... though
sometimes I think you come up short, unfortunately.
This isn't to rag on you, or play "Gotcha!" I'm just someone who, when he sees contradictions, seeks an explanation.
And for the life of me, I can't figure out why you keep writing that the corpress and attendant punditry are "snookered" by this administration's acts of deceit.
They know the reality ... they're idiots if they don't, right? Perhaps there's some element of willful ignorance involved ... but to me that's just as damnable. These folks have been around the power players for years ... some for decades. Hell, many of them *are* power players, wouldn't you say?
So I can't conceive of any scenario in which they are being misled into their "conventional wisdom". They intentionally seek to create that alternate universe because it ultimately serves their interests, doesn't it?
Isn't that the only logical way to view it? How do you see it
differently? I honestly would like to know, 'cause it's truly
frustrating to see someone who gets so much right seemingly so off-base on such a fundamental question.
I'm sorry the fundraising's going so slowly. Despite the qualms I have with some of your work, I still get quite a bit of important information from it, and would hate to see the site close.
To the editor:
I think the major logical fallacy being promoted about Armitage's involvement in the Plame Affair is the notion that the earliest revelation of a covert agent is the only culpable count. In fact, every instance, by any knowledgeable source, is a separate federal felony count. The existence of an earlier revelation should not in any way disqualify Rove or Libby from prosecution. Fitzgerald's acceptance of this argument calls his own independence into doubt. In a murder with multiple agents (as with Agatha Christie's Orient Express), it hardly exonerates the subsequent wielders of the knife to know that some other has stabbed before them. Indeed, their subsequent stabbing is all the more guilty, having been perpetrated against one who is already injured and helpless.
Elkins Park, PA
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