Sometimes we have to go back, to go forward. Today, I'm going back to September 29th, 2003. Clifford May writing for National Review:
"On July 14, Robert Novak wrote a column in the Post and other newspapers naming Mr. Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative.
That wasn't news to me. I had been told that - but not by anyone working in the White House. Rather, I learned it from someone who formerly worked in the government and he mentioned it in an offhanded manner, leading me to infer it was something that insiders were well aware of.
I chose not to include it (I wrote a second NRO piece on this issue on July 18) because it didn't seem particularly relevant to the question of whether or not Mr. Wilson should be regarded as a disinterested professional who had done a thorough investigation into Saddam's alleged attempts to purchase uranium in Africa.
What did appear relevant could easily be found in what the CIA would call "open sources." For example, Mr. Wilson had long been a bitter critic of the current administration, writing in such left-wing publications as The Nation that under President Bush, "America has entered one of it periods of historical madness" and had "imperial ambitions."
What's more, he was affiliated with the pro-Saudi Middle East Institute and he had recently been the keynote speaker for the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, a far-Left group that opposed not only the U.S. military intervention in Iraq but also the sanctions and the no-fly zones that protected Iraqi Kurds and Shias from being slaughtered by Saddam."
I have a saying.
"If the premise is tainted, so will be the outcome."
No matter how the MSM tries to paint Joe Wilson, he had an axe to grind and someone at the CIA gave him the sharpening wheel.
Whether Plame acted on her own, or was used, it really doesn't matter. Here is the crux of the entire episode:
If rogue CIA was trying to threaten our National Security in order "play politics", then I don't give two flips who gave Plame up - WHOEVER DID IS A HERO.
I was a cop. I know the "code", but I also when there is a bad cop somebody BETTER let someone know! Plame, Wilson and whoever else, if guilty of treason, should be hung - not vindicated and protected by the MSM, and their operatives on the left.
We need hearings - and we need them now.