On the pages of the New York Times,
July 6th, former ambassador Joe Wilson started the latest Bush bash with
these self-inflated remarks: "I have little choice but to conclude that some
of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted
to exaggerate the Iraqi threat." These "conclusions" that Mr. Wilson reached
were seemingly conclusions he had made long before delving into the pages
of the Times. Joe Wilson was sent to Niger in February of 2002 to
probe if Saddam Hussein had attempted to purchase uranium, or "yellow cake."
This most important trip to Niger as a CIA "investigator" amounted to little
more than a Sub-Saharan tea party, with little investigatory process.
Wilson's findings were of little value to a Bush Administration building
a case against Saddam and his WMD's. But 18 months later, they are of paramount
value to a Democrat Party desperate for the reacquisition of power. Much
has been made of the 16 words used by President Bush in his State of the
Union address regarding Iraq's attempts at buying uranium to reconstitute
its nuclear program, which has everything to do with Wilson's tea-tasting
tour of Niger. To this day, the source of that now infamous line in the speech,
the British government, stands by its intelligence. One can wonder why President
Bush did not. But a question rings in my mind: Did Joe Wilson really try
to find out anything, aside from denial from his hosts in relation to trafficking
in uranium with Iraq?
It is perfectly acceptable to ask this question. In light of what we now
know of the vivaciously prickly Mr. Wilson, it cannot but be asked. A career
diplomat for the majority of his twenty-three years in government, Wilson
has no intelligence expertise to speak of. Though loyally serving as Ambassador
to Iraq under President Bush in 1990, Wilson has made no secrete of his intense
dislike for the present Bush administration. Making the rounds daily on nearly
every anti-Republican network, Wilson has jettisoned any inhibitions he might
have once had in openly proclaiming his distress over the entire administration's
movement to war against Iraq.
What started this modern day flaying of the Bush administration was its supposed
complicity in the outing of CIA operative/officer/analyst Valerie Plame,
who is the wife of Joe Wilson, as reported by Robert Novak in a July 14th
titled "Mission to Niger." Initially ignored by Wilson for two months (but
not the Justice Department), nobody as much as raised an eyebrow over Novak's
column. But with Presidential politics in high gear and Wilson an active
supporter of Oval Office aspirant Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, he
has taken a stroll down partisan lane.
Wilson has some history as a liberal partisan. Besides donating to the Kerry
campaign, he also donated to Vice President Gore's 2000 campaign, as did
his wife. He also worked for then-Senator Gore in the mid 80's as a Congressional
staffer. He has written op-eds for left-leaning rags like The Nation,
where he has penned such remarkable prose as, "America has entered one of
its periods of historical madness" under the leadership of President Bush.
He has addressed the radical leftist group Win Without War. He is an adjunct
scholar for the Middle East Institute. Joe Wilson proclaims "Neo-Conservatives
and religious conservatives have hijacked this administration, and I consider
myself on a personal mission to destroy both." There is no ambiguity in such
a statement, and the diplomat takes a back seat to the partisan hack.
Besides taking daily swipes at President Bush through his administration,
Wilson exhibits old-fashioned hate for the President's point man, Karl Rove.
Keep in mind that that the originator of this story, Bob Novak, has explicitly
stated he did not receive his information from White House sources. Accusing
Rove of being the primary leak source and labeling Wilson's wife as "fair
game" to Washington reporters, Wilson says "At the end of the day it's of
keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched
out of the White House in handcuffs." "We"? Only Joe Wilson knows the full
import of the "we" in that statement. But we who watch this political drama
unfold know the "we" in Joe Wilson's statement has a numerical value of more
than two. It is not for him and his wife alone that he does this.
The President for his part has made the appropriate gestures. "There's just
too many leaks. And if there's a leak out of my administration, I want to
know who it is. And if that person has violated the law, the person will
be taken care of." While nobody has directly accused the President himself,
it matters not at all. Like all demagoguery cast by Democrats, it is always
guilt by association, and the seriousness of the charge. Any proof or lack
of is brazenly ignored by Democrats and the media elites.
The flurry of fictional fury expressed by Democrats is just that: fiction.
Hoping to topple a President by scandal, they air words like "impeachment"
and "Watergate" in hopes of creating an outraged electorate in November 2004.
The truth is the party of Bill and Hillary Clinton could care less about
the outing of Valerie Plame, if that ever happened at all. Better for them
that the Bush Administration never finds out who did what to whom; otherwise
the scandal goes away. This is just par for course in today's eroding Democratic
process, where an entire party can ignore fact, call a sitting President
things like "gang leader," "fraud" and Howard Dean's disgraceful calumny,
"enemy." It has so degraded that even an ex-ambassador turned political shill
can openly jest of who would play his wife's part "in the movie."
A suggestion for the title, Mr. Wilson: The Democrats and Me; Perfect Together.
Vincent Fiore is a freelance writer.