Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Fuel for the Flame

Another mainstreat media sources frames the issue correctly. This time it is the Toronto Star - actually the editorial is from a few days ago, but I just happened to notice it now. They get right to the point in the first sentence of the editorial:

U.S. Pays Bloody Price for Rove's Nasty Politics

WASHINGTON—Let us remember the real reason that White House political enforcer Karl Rove was chatting with selected reporters in the summer of 2003.

It was not necessarily to blow the cover of CIA operative Valerie Plame.

It was not, entirely, to mete out vicious retribution against her husband, former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, for writing an op-ed article in The New York Times that discounted administration claims about an alleged Iraqi effort to acquire uranium from Niger.

The malevolence was more fundamental. Rove was trying to sustain the lies that led America into Iraq.

And, the always reliable Minnesota Star-Tribune hits us with this aptly-titled editorial:

Editorial: Karl Rove/Real issue is the case for war

Recently, I have been speculating on two issues:

First, I wonder if either John Bolton on Condoleezza Rice may have been the initial source of the Valerie Plame leak. Both worked in the field of Weapons of Mass Destruction - Bolton looks especially suspicous, since the Whitehouse has failed to release the Bolton's internal survelience records to congress - Could the Plame leak be the reason?

Secondly, I wonder how involved the CIA has been in the Fitzgerald-led investigation into the matter. Several high level officials resigned out of protest around the time of the election. George Tenet himself has said that it was a mistake to include the Niger uranium story in the State of the Union Address. An ally as powerful as the CIA would be of great assistance in Fitzgerald's investigation, and they could well be the driving force behind it.