WaPo’s Bob Woodward — he of the recently-partially-revealed memories on the Plame leak mess — has a very important data point quoted in today’s paper. Woodward said:
“Remember the investigation and the allegations that people have printed about this story is that there’s some vast conspiracy to slime Joe Wilson and his wife, really attack him in an ugly way that is outside the boundaries of hardball. The evidence I had, firsthand, a small piece of the puzzle I acknowledge, is that was not the case.” (emphasis added).
There are several things we should gather from this. (1) The mainstream media hype over Wilson and Plame is simply that. They are creatures who wouldn’t exist were the cameras not pointed at them or the editorial pages crying out in their name; (2) that the supposedly Machiavellian Bush White House was not trying to protect itself from fatal damage by destroying Joe Wilson and avenging itself on his wife; and (3) that someone outside the White House inner circle — Richard Armitage? some high-ranker at CIA? — was the source for Woodward and probably Novak as well as part of the CIA and State Department political campaign in opposition to the Iraq war.
Patrick Fitzgerald seems to have settled in for a long Washington stay. Some other body needs to investigate the CIA and the State Department connection here. The Senate Intelligence Committee is the best body to investigate this.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?