Monday, October 17, 2005

Digby Strikes Again

There's been much head-scratching over the appearance of the names "Valerie Flame" and "Victoria Wilson" in Judy Miller's notebook. Conservatives, of course, have their own little spin, but Digby does some searching and finds out that several early reports of the scandal claimed that the outed agent was "Victoria Wilson." Hm.

It's certainly possible that a whole bunch of people made the same mistake about her first name. It's odd, though. One might think that it is more likely that it was one person who consistently referred to her by the wrong name --- who was speaking to a bunch of reporters.

Judy Judy Judy?

Meanwhile, John Aravosis speaks truth to power:

If a senior White House staffer had intentionally outed an American spy during World War II, he'd have been shot.

We're at war, George Bush keeps reminding us. We cannot continue with business as usual. A pre-9/11 mentality is deadly. Putting the lives of our troops at risk is treason.

Then why is the White House and the Republican party engaged in a concerted campaign to make treason acceptable during a time of war? That's exactly what they're doing. On numerous news shows today, Republican surrogates, their talking points ready, issued variations of the following concerning White House chief of staff Karl Rove's outing of a covert CIA agent as part of a political vendetta:

- It's the criminalization of politics
- Is this 'minor' leak really worth all this?
- Political payback is common and should not be criminalized
- Mis-speaking or mis-remembering is not a crime

Yes, the Republicans are now making light of an intentional effort to expose an undercover CIA agent, working on weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, no less, while we are at war in the Middle East on that very issue.

The GOP has become the party of treason.

Indeed it has. Anything goes so long as it advances the aim of the sacred Party, including gutting America's already crippled security apparatus. This needs to be a Democratic message in the upcoming campaigns. The Repugs claim to be the "daddy" party. They're not. They're the "treason" party.

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