The best defense is a good offense. To me that is the operating philosophy of former Amb. Joe Wilson (search) as he tries to protect his CIA wife Valerie.
Wilson and friends are now demanding the resignation of Vice President Dick Cheney (search) for whatever his involvement was or might have been in Cheney's assistant outing Wilson's CIA wife to the press.
Wilson and friends have now managed to get the Senate to consider, to debate and, therefore, to bring to life the possibility of a Senate investigation into what is referred to as the use or misuse of prewar intelligence.
By this method they hope to keep alive the failed Democrat arguments against the war — check that. Those arguments failed in the last election but because President Bush left the subject to the Dems for a long time, the arguments have managed to peel away some of the president's support for the war.
Now the good defense being a good offense. Wilson doesn't want to talk about how he was an anti-war former diplomat who was opposed to regime change for Saddam Hussein (search). He doesn't want to talk about how his wife certainly knew that. He doesn't want to talk about how the very day that Vice President Cheney's office asked for more information on a report Saddam was trying to buy nuke bomb fuel from Niger, on that very day, Wilson's wife wrote a note to her boss saying her husband — Wilson — would be perfect to go to Africa to investigate what she called "this crazy report."
Did the CIA wife send the husband because she was trying to help him scrounge up work or because she and he both had a political agenda about the much talked about coming war and this was a chance to tank a key rationale for the war?
That should be the issue but instead the issue becomes Cheney's effort to silence a war critic and the outing of a covert agent.
Cheney's deputy wasn't charged with outing a CIA agent because she had been outed already by her husband, Joe Wilson, who constantly introduced her as his CIA wife.
And, second, shouldn't Cheney have the right to correct the record and say, "Hey, it wasn't me who sent Joe Wilson to Africa. It was his wife."
Look, now Cheney's on defense and it should be Wilson.
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