Karl Rove controversy - Journal of Omnifarious
Jul. 23rd, 2005
10:45 am - Karl Rove controversy
I think the Bush administration has blatantly lied to the American people in order to support the war in Iraq. But, in searching for the truth, it's best to avoid putting on blinders.
Edit 16:58 - Thinking more carefully about this, it seems to me that this article states some things contrary to popular accounts, and the things it states seem contrary to the behavior of the administration.
If the law says that you can reveal the identity of a covert operative 5 years after the end of their last covert mission, then why is the administration acting the way they are about the whole thing? It doesn't make sense.
Also, Karl Rove simply agreeing with the reporter about Victoria Plame being a CIA agent doesn't exonerate him in the least. I would expect that people who are in a position to know about such things would actively lie to protect the identity of an agent.
Lastly, IMHO, we live in an era in which most politicians at the national level are corrupt to the point where they ought to be removed from office and jailed for their activities. I thought this about Clinton. I think Bush is far worse, and that he and his cronies should probably be brought before war crimes tribunals and/or executed for treason after being impeached.
I'm not a liberal, and I'm not looking for another Watergate, and I don't see Iraq as another Vietnam. I think the author of the article himself is too caught up in old controversies. And I don't appreciate political games being played with the identities of CIA operatives regardless of what I think of the CIA itself. It seems reasonably clear to me that that's what happened here.