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Karl Rove Won't Be Frog-Marched Across White House Lawn

I have said much over a very long period of time about former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his charge that his CIA analyst-wife Valerie Plame Wilson was outed by the White House in retaliation against Wilson.

Wilson went public with his dispute with the White House over the crucial pre-war question: Was Saddam Hussein seeking nuke-bomb material in Africa?

The Washington Post revealed last week that the person who actually leaked Valerie Plame's name was Richard Armitage, a former State Department official who was not entirely onboard with the Bush administration's plans to invade Iraq. Hardly someone who would out her to punish her husband.

Today The Washington Post editorial page said the following:

"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."

The paper then picked up on a point I have been trying to make for months:

"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."

Wilson knew this, and The Post accuses Wilson directly by saying:

"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."

It is unfortunate. But so much for Joe Wilson and frog-marching Karl Rove across the White House lawn.

On some days they really hit the nail on the head over there at The Post.

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