Friday, September 01, 2006

It’s Unfortunate?

That the MSM took Joe Wilson seriously? Say what?

The WaPo now admits:

There was nothing to this story.
Joe Wilson lied about the Niger business.
That it was certainly not a shock that the administration had to explain why this bozo was sent.

What they don’t admit is that the petty rear end covering tactics of Powell and Armitage gave a false but plausible line to beat the administration over the head for several years, as well as leading to a baseless indictment of Mr. Libby.

The implication is also clear that Armitage and Powell are little more than bureaucratic weasels, and they don’t give a fig for any policy or personal consequences to anyone other than themselves.

This is more than I expected; this story has served it’s Bush Derangement Syndrome purpose, so now it’s down the memory hole – probably never to be heard from again.

Update: Even the NYT is beginning to recognize that ‘Plamegate’ is getting more and more feeble.

Indeed, the Times piece hints that this case probably should have been abandoned possibly before Fitzgerald was appointed, and further suggests that Fitzgerald should have closed up shop early on:

Richard L. Armitage, the former deputy secretary of state, first told the
authorities in October 2003 that he had been the primary source for the July 14, 2003, column by Robert D. Novak that identified Valerie Wilson as a C.I.A. operative and set off the leak investigation. Mr. Fitzgerald’s decision to prolong the inquiry once he took over as special prosecutor in December 2003 had significant political and legal consequences. The inquiry seriously embarrassed and distracted the Bush White House for nearly two years and resulted in five felony charges against Mr. Libby, even as Mr. Fitzgerald decided not to charge Mr. Armitage or anyone else with crimes related to the leak itself.”
But I guess that all of those NYT editorials beating the drums for an investigation were too loud for anyone to think clearly.

Update II: Cap’n Ed points to the real damage done by the case: the fact that the White House and administration officials had to spend an enourmous amount of time playing defense against the false charges, rather than working on real issues of national significance.