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The Plame Lie That Refuses to Die

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Posted on July 3 2009 11:56 am
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Despite stereotypes about “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” it is the Left that will never let a good conspiracy theory die. Last night’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann proved the point, as it attempted to resurrect the vast Bush-Cheney conspiracy to humiliate truth-teller Joseph C. Wilson IV. On the MSNBC program’s third story, guest host Dan Abrams (Keith Olbermann was out; celebrate small blessings) said new information had surfaced that could possibly be interpreted to indicate Bush and Cheney may have discussed revealing Plame’s CIA position “to punish or discredit her husband, Joe Wilson, who had just blown the lid off President Bush’s lies about Iraq trying to buy a uranium [sic.] from Niger” (which he gave the obligatory pronunciation Nee-zhair).

The idiocy of this statement has been covered repeatedly in FrontPage Magazine, here, here, here, here, here, here, and elsewhere.

Abrams blustered on: “Despite the Obama administration’s growing pattern of public secrecy, the filing does appear to offer something new, namely official confirmation or further confirmation that Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney did in fact discuss the Plame leak” — but “When is not clear.” Then he brought on Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff.

Isikoff revealed how vast this conspiracy had become. Not only did antiwar conservatives RobertNovak and Richard Armitage do the Bush administration’s bidding, but their newest conspirator is Barack Hussein Obama.

“Time and again…[leftists] see the Obama administration retreating to using the same arguments for secrecy that were used by the Bush administration. We saw that with the decision to withhold the photos of detainee abuse,” Isikoff whined.

Why would Obama want to do such a thing? Isikoff notes one result of the decision to protect American lives is “to further blunt the calls for accountability and a truth commission on this the harder it is to build the political pressure for some form of accountability” — for detainee abuse cases whose perpetrators have already been ajudicated and punished.

Returning to the Plame case, he said Bush and Cheney discussed how to rebut Joe Wilson’s assertion the president knowingly lied about Iraq seeking yellowcake uranium in Niger, a story the British continue to affirm as true. Isikoff intoned the duo decided to “selectively declassify and leak aspects of the  NIE on Iraqi WMD that they thought would support their case,” and that led to Scooter Libby speaking with Judy Miller, and “that was the fateful conversation when disclosed the fact that Joseph Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame, worked at the CIA.”

The correlation between these two events is nearly as strong as the causal link between pickles and cancer. The declassification of the NIE has absolutely nothing to do with Richard Armitage revealing Valerie Plame’s occupation to Robert Novak. The NIE does not mention her. These unrelated facts are intertwined only to give Isikoff a truth on which to hang his conspiracy theory.

Reading Isikoff’s three part exchange with David Horowitz and Ben Johnson on the book Party of Defeat offers insight into his thinking and “unbiased journalistic” outlook.

Unlike President Bush or Vice President Cheney, Michael Isikoff’s lies really did cause people to die. In May 2005, he and John Barry “reported” in Newsweek that Guantanamo Bay guards had flushed a Koran down a toilet. His story was a lie premised on the flimsiest of pretexts: it was based on one anonymous source, one “no comment,” and the non-denial of an uninformed party. But it demonized U.S. soldiers, and the unsourced story went forward post haste.

In his last exchange, he continued to defend the story, like Mary Mapes continuing to look for proof George W. Bush did not complete his National Guard training, or O.J. looking for the real killer.

In the Left’s obsessive imagination, Plame goes marching on.

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