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Monday, May 03, 2004
 
Wilson

On Meet the Press former ambassador Joe Wilson spoke about his book and he revealed a few facts I had not previously heard about the crimes committed against his CIA agent wife and the smear campaign against him.
  • Robert Novak was actually telling people (supposedly complete strangers on the street) about Valerie Plame's identity before he wrote his infamous column. Are those conversations protected under the First Amendment? Revealing classified information in that fashion is a crime.
  • The White House ordered an intelligence work-up on him and his wife *four months before* he wrote the NYT's op-ed that called the Niger/Uranium connection in the State of the Union address a lie. (He had just given an interview on CNN which the White House didn't like.) This work up, which contained all the info about Valerie Plame was circulated throughout the political apparatus of the White House and supposedly shared with some journalists. This would explain why I listened to Rush Limbaugh read a National Review column stating that Plame's secret identity was common knowledge in Washington circles... The White House had told them!!!

Most of these points are visited in Wilson's interview with Joe Conason. But there is one particular answer that Wilson gave in regards to the fact that the GOP smear machine has tried to paint him as a lefty Democrat. Wilson and his family have been Republican's for years but:
If you're fiscally responsible, [the present form of the GOP] is not your party. If you believe in a moderate foreign policy characterized by alliances, free trade and the ability to operate in an international environment, this is not your party. If you believe in limited federal government, this is not your party. If you believe that the government should stay out of your bedroom, this is very definitely not your party. In fact, I would argue that unless you believe in the American imperium, imposed on the world by force, or unless you believe in the literal interpretation of the Book of Revelations, this is not your party.
Strong stuff!
 
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