Fortunately, the only people who ever really made a big deal about this story are newsmen and bloggers. And liberals, but they don’t really count, do they?
Let’s hope this is the end of this discussion – unless of course someone decides to take the Wilson’s to task over that disturbing little accusation leveled against the vice president. Wrongful prosecution? Libel? Aren’t there protections against illegitimate/frivolous lawsuits?
Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush’s closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.