Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

May 30, 2008

Anyone Remember Richard Armitage? Beam Him Up, Scotty

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 1:41 am

It’s hard for me to figure out whether it’s willful ignorance,or stupidity.Can we get this straight people? it’s been abundantly established that Valerie Plame’s CIA role was first leaked to the media–to Bob Novak the first one to publish it–by Richard Armitage, a State Department aide to Colin Powell who opposed the Bush Iraq war plans. Not by Scooter Libby who was convicted of lying about conversations with reporters about Plame, but only in response to their questions. The amazing dsingenuous way some reporters continue to disingenously write that Libby “talked to reporters about Plame”, gives the impression he buttonholed them and outed her, while Armitage’s role in actually blowing her cover is ignored.

Poor confused Scotty M. has his knickers in a twist because Bush declassified an NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) on Iraq and he somehow thinks, or those who misread him think, this proves Bush authorized the leak of Plame’s identity. Bush may be faulted for selected leaking of a declassified NIE. But nobody got upset when Bush declassified the (now discredited) Iranian nuke NIE last fall, because it happened to agree with their uninformed view of the subject.(U.S. intelligence, which has a proven record of being wrong about just about everything suddenly becomes infallible when it agrees with their political stance).

Both Scotty and some of his suddenly sycophantic media stenographers conflate the release of the Iraq NIE with the leaking of Plame’s identity. Not true. Plame was not in the NIE. Armitage leaked Plame’s cover. But his name is almost entirely absent from the shocked, shocked coverage of the suddenly noble Scotty’s “revelations”. On the evidence of his statements on the subject he may be too stupid or ignorant to know the difference between the NIE leak and the Plame leak. That’s no excuse for those writing about this.

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3 Comments »

  1. Let’s not forget that McClellan’s father Bart published the book about how LBJ murdered JFK. Funny how the most logorrhaic sources (Armitage) never get mentioned by their press lackeys.

    Comment by charlie finch — May 30, 2008 @ 9:05 am | Reply

  2. The trial of Scooter Libby was a fascinating example of the use of attorney-client privilege either to hide testimony or to preclude witnesses. I recommend it to you as an essay. It’s not about the crime or the prosecution, it’s about the skillful and legal suppression of evidence. I’ve seen it before (not to confess) but never so clearly and publicly used for a specific group.

    I found it unpersuasive that Armitage was not charged, did not testify and was essentially unmolested by the MSM. Whether true or not, it does make it seem wholly political when there is no crime charged but someone goes to jail for lying about it. Lying about a non-crime! It seems to lack the sort of evil quality one associates with becoming a felon. Thanks for getting it right, which you generally do (obviously, when you agree with me).

    Comment by Mark Van Wagoner — May 30, 2008 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  3. “Poor confused Scotty M. has his knickers in a twist because Bush declassified an NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) on Iraq and he somehow thinks, or those who misread him think, this proves Bush authorized the leak of Plame’s identity.”

    The idea that Bush authorized Libby to leak not only the NIE — but also Plame’s identity — to Judy Miller is behind Rep. Waxman’s demand for the unexpurgated transcripts of the grand jury testimony of Bush and Cheney.

    BTW, your The Secret Parts of Fortune, is quite probably the best collection of essays I have ever read.

    Comment by Ben Bain — June 5, 2008 @ 6:25 am | Reply


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