July 15, 2005

More on the Karl Rove "Scandal"

David Limbaugh has an interesting column on the Karl Rove "leaks":

The Left isn't obsessed with destroying Karl Rove simply because they want to taint President Bush by taking out one of his closest confidants. When they're not focused on their fantasy that Vice President Cheney is the de facto president, they sometimes think Rove is. To destroy Rove is to neuter the Bush presidency. As resolute, effective and visionary as President Bush has been in office, the Left obviously still doesn't consider him the man in charge. Only a superhuman Machiavellian strategist could have engineered this bumbler's unlikely ascension to the presidency. And, anyone capable of facilitating a lightweight's rise to the highest office in the land must be not only brilliant, but sinister.

The sad thing is that the Democrats are obsessed with Karl Rove. If you talked to many Democrats since 2000, Karl Rove is portrayed as an evil, diabolical genius and mastermind that would make the Emperor from Star Wars look like a lightweight. The Democrats see a possible scandal involving Karl Rove and it is like Christmas came early... What I don't understand is why the Democrats aren't planning more for 2008 rather than attempting to scandalize the Bush presidency. In other words, giving the Bush presidency a "black eye" is not going to help them face their next challenger, who will not be George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, etc. Maybe they are worried that Karl Rove will assist the next Republican candidate for President... typical Washington politics. If you can't beat him, throw mud at him.

Next, David Limbaugh addresses the Left's contention that Joe Wilson somehow proved that President Bush lied in making the case for the Iraq War:
One such snippet was Joe Wilson's supposed revelation that President Bush lied when stating these notorious 16 words in his 2003 SOTU address: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." Now, let's be clear here. President Bush's statement was true when he made it, and it remains true today. The Brits made such a claim and reiterated it emphatically (with the Butler inquiry expressly validating President Bush's SOTU claim) even after the Bush-scavenging American Left falsely accused him of inventing the story. That Joe Wilson claims he couldn't substantiate Britain's findings on his own trip to Niger in no way alters the irrefutable fact that the Brits made and stood by their claim. But as we now also know, analysts contradict Wilson's present version of the story, saying that his findings did more to support the Brits' conclusion than discredit it. In their zeal to dispatch Rove, the Left willfully ignores that Wilson not only lied about his findings but also about who sent him, denying his wife recommended him for the job, and sometimes alleging that Vice President Cheney, who didn't know him from Adam, sent him. They ignore that a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee discredited Wilson in two essential particulars. First, it confirmed that Plame recommended her husband for the African junket. Second, it found that certain forged documents Wilson bragged about debunking were not even discovered until eight months after his trip. The Left also chooses to overlook Wilson's political motivation to damage President Bush — his admitted longtime support of John Kerry and his monetary contributions to Kerry's presidential campaign.
The uranium claim has been one of the central tenets of the Democrat's claim that "Bush lied". However, they conveniently ignore the first part of the statement: "The British government has learned..." Bush was not stating what the U.S. had learned (either through Joe Wilson or through the CIA). Bush was merely stating what the British still, to this day, believe. In my mind, Bush had no reason to believe that the British claims were not true. The Joe Wilson expedition doesn't change that. Joe Wilson's entire trip merely consisted of visiting Africa and talking with a few governmental officials. It is certainly plausible that these governmental officials might not have even known about the inquiries regarding sales of uranium or, more likely, didn't think that the possible uranium sales were any of Joe Wilson's business so decided to honor a confidentiality agreement with Iraq.
Finally, David Limbaugh addresses whether or not Karl Rove leaked Valerie Plame's identity in order to seek retribution on Joe Wilson:

They would have us believe the flawlessly calculating Rove is gratuitously vindictive. That he is foolish enough to risk conspicuously violating a criminal statute by outing an undercover CIA operative to a presumptively hostile member of the mainstream media all for the sake of petty revenge on the Wilson/Plame duo. It strains credulity far less to deduce that Rove — who readily provided information to authorities with no apparent fear of incriminating himself — alluded to Wilson's wife's CIA status to refute his fraudulent implications against the Bush administration: that it sent Wilson to Niger. It is uncontroverted that Rove didn't know Plame's name, much less that she was a covert operative. He was alerting Time's Matt Cooper to the incestuous, conflict of interest-laden genesis of Wilson's assignment (through his wife) in defense of his boss, not to lash out at or imperil this star-struck couple, who didn't even respect Plame's undercover status themselves. If the Left didn't have so much invested in Wilson's fictions and obliterating Karl Rove and George Bush, they would abandon this non-starter against Rove and concede that the clear misfit in this overblown episode is the truly tainted and already thoroughly discredited Joe Wilson.

This would seem to make more sense to me. If Karl Rove did not, in fact, know Valerie Plame's identity or otherwise disclose it, then not only did he not violate the law, he was also not acting vindictively or unethically. To make a general statement that "Joe Wilson's wife, who worked for the CIA, arranged to have Joe Wilson sent to Africa" is much different than saying that "Valerie Plame (her undercover identity), who works for the CIA and is Joe Wilson's wife, arranged to have Joe Wilson sent to Africa".

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