The "Who outed Valerie Plame?" story gets weirder and weirder.
First, the definition of weird:
Weird is when someone treats an obvious fact as if it's a shocker.
For instance, Monday there's a story that Vice President Dick Cheney wrote a note about Plame in the margins of the op-ed piece her husband Joe Wilson wrote saying the administration had ignored his findings that Saddam was not trying to buy nuke bomb material from Niger.
Cheney's note was something along the lines of: Plame sent her husband on a junket.
Now why would Cheney be scribbling in the margins of an op-ed piece torn out of a newspaper? Because the op-ed piece implied that Dick Cheney had sent Joe Wilson — Plame's husband — to Niger to investigate the Saddam yellowcake connection.
Cheney would have a natural curiosity about this because he did not send Joe Wilson on any such trip and he might have wondered who did and why Wilson was saying Cheney did.
In Wilson's oddly titled book, "The Politics of Truth," he tells the story that his wife heard the V.P.'s office was inquiring about Saddam and yellowcake from Niger and she said immediately: "My husband Joe used to be the ambassador in the region. He speaks French as they do. He'd be perfect to go look into this."
She failed to mention her husband was opposed to regime change on Saddam, had opposed it in '91, and was darn unlikely to come back with a report that would help launch a regime change war on Saddam.
Wilson's book also said Plame called him and asked if he'd go check out this "crazy report." Translation: This story needs to be knocked down. Can you do that honey?
She brought him to CIA headquarters, introduced him to the team investigating, and Wilson got the gig.
Off he went. He knocked on some doors. People told him, "Oh, no. It's not true." He reported back.
A year later he was upset that he'd evidently been ignored and he became the Bush opponent we see today.
Cheney wrote: Plame sent her husband on a junket.
Oh if it were only that benign.
Instead, she sent him on a mission to kill a justification for the war.
Cheney had many reasons to want to know about Wilson and his wife the CIA agent. Not the least of which was: "Why did this guy say I sent him when it was his wife?"
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