Thursday, July 14, 2005
GOP Defends Treason, Advocates Terror
On Air America's Morning Sedition, New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg accused Karl Rove of treason for his role in outing Valerie Plame, a covert CIA agent. Plame was outed in retaliation for her husband, Joseph Wilson writing an Op-Ed in the New York Times, "What I Didn't Find in Africa", exposing the Niger-Iraq uranium connection as a fraud.

Mark Maron and Mark Riley were interviewing Lautenberg regarding his call for Karl Rove to lose his security clearance as a result of the Plame leak.
But Lautenberg is hardly alone. On April 26, 1999, former President George H.W. Bush spoke at the dedication ceremony for the CIA's George Bush Center for Intelligence. He said, in part:
In the first few months after the leak of Plame's name, White House spokesman Scott McClellan in a September 29, 2003 press briefing:
It is now clear that Rove "was involved in it," and... what do you know? The Bush lied again. He's not firing Rove. Instead, the entire GOP is responding with page 1 from Rove's playbook--attack the enemy's strength. The strength is that Joe Wilson was right. Outing his wife was the act of traitors, as Bush Sr. put it. And Bush Jr. is defending traitors.

The GOP has a set of talking points trying to turn the story into an attack on Wilson's credibility, and defending Rove's exposure of Wilson's wife. The first talking point is:by calling on Bush to keep his word. The next two talking points are:But Wilson never made any such claim! In his Op-ed, Wilson wrote:Republicans are trying to frame this as a husband-wife vendetta. But Plame had no role in sending Wilson to Africa. All she did was tell her superiors of his knowledge and contacts there. The documents Cheney relied on were later turned over the the IAEA, which quicky found them to be inept forgeries.

All this is a desperate attempt to distract attention from Bush's broken promise to get rid of anyone involved in the leak--because without Rove, Bush would be lost.

Upping the ante even more, GOP Congressman Peter King (NY) said on MSNBC's Scarborough program "Joe Wilson has no right to complain. And I think people like Tim Russert and the others, who gave this guy such a free ride and all the media, they're the ones to be shot, not Karl Rove."

For the record, to date no Democrat has called for Karl Rove to be shot. However, treason is a capital crime. Tim Russert's "reporting"--even at its worst--is not.