Saturday, March 17, 2007

Valerie Wilson footnotes

Some footnotes to yesterday's testimony of Valerie Plame Wilson before Congress:

1. Only 2 of the House Government Oversight Committee's 17 Republicans showed up.
2. Wilson testified that she had covert status at the time her identity was blown. Her boss, CIA Director (Gen.) Michael Hayden, acknowledged prior to her appearance yesterday that she had covert status. But don't tell that to ranking Republican Tom Davis, who spent his time disputing Wilson's (and, by default, Hayden's) understanding of her status.
3. The White House still will not acknowledge the roles of Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and other high-level intimates of the president in setting aflame the Wilson scandal. Scooter Libby's conviction on multiple obstruction of justice and perjury charges holds at least one person accountable. And Libby's lawyer, Ted Wells, offered a Nuremburg trial defense on behalf of his client -- that Scooter Libby was simply carrying out orders from Dick Cheney and Karl Rove, and ended up becoming the "fall guy."
4. Scooter Libby is not the "fall guy" in the Wilson case. He was an active participant in the effort to discredit Joe Wilson and undermine Valerie Wilson. Libby was also a central figure in the cover-up effort after the story went public. Do not feel sorry for a man who betrayed the public trust.
5. Libby got caught; the others haven't -- yet.
6. Question: why does the Washington Post continue to carry Robert Novak's column?

More later.

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