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Wednesday, October 1, 2003
Try to Keep it All in Perspective

By Steven Taylor @ 4:23 pm

Let me be clear on something (as it seems some of my commentators keep missing this point): I think that there should be punishment for whomever it is that leaked Plame’s name. And I support the investigation. However, the reaction needs to be commensurate to the harm done, and the nature of that harm has not been spelled out to my satisfaction.

Many Democrats have been a bit hyperbolic on this affair (such as Schumer’s statement that this leak is like putting a gun to Plame’s head) to the degree that one would think that the head of covert ops in Moscow in the days of the Cold War was published on the front page of the New York Times.

It really does matter as to the exact nature of her job, and the harm to her role it the CIA when it comes time to determine the appropriate punishment for the leaker(s)-assuming they can even be found

As I have stated at least twice-the defenders of the admin shouldn’t dismiss this situation as trivial, but similarly it seems reasonable to ask those who oppose the admin to tone it down. In other words, a little proportionality would be nice for a change (but then again, I sometimes may be too much of an optimist…).

Another point that seems to have been missed by some: much of my language in discussing this affair has been tentative, not declarative.

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  1. Let’s see if I can ’splain it to Steven.

    Since this story re-emerged two days ago, you’ve engaged in repeating every meme, talking point, rumor, innuendo and outright fabrication in order to minimize this crime.

    You’re a political scientist; you’ve got the Ph.D. Act like it. For once, stop being a political hack. Stop pulling out all the stops to protect Dubya. Think about what’s happened. Think why it happened. Consider the ramifications.

    Without getting into a debate as to what Plame did or didn’t do in the CIA-consider for a moment what happened to her. She was ‘outted’ by the highest levels of the Executive Branch. Why? Clearly as retribution for her husband telling the truth. I’d add that this retribution was not intended as a message to just one individual but to our intelligence community as a whole.

    The message is simple: stray from the party line and tell the truth-suffer the consequences.

    Another, and more insidious message, is that this WH apparently believes national security is in play as a political tool. Remember, again, this smear job was done by *senior* administration officials-not by some GS-12.

    Consider: if this administration is willing to flush away a national security asset as political revenge, what else are they willing to compromise or lie about?

    Comment by JadeGold — Wednesday, October 1, 2003 @ 7:07 pm

  2. Bryan,

    Ya got me. I am secretly a member of the Haliburton board!


    Comment by Steven — Wednesday, October 1, 2003 @ 9:44 pm

  3. Bravo, Bryan! It certainly didn’t take you long to get to the crux of this issue-it’s all Bill Clinton’s fault. His marital infidelity led Dubya’s adnministration to compromise national security.

    Steven, a word of advice: don’t let the Department Head at Troy State see Bryan’s perceptive and insightful comment. Or you run the very real risk of becoming the assistant assistant Professor of Poli Sci.

    Today’s assignment for our southern Poli Sci whizzes: If Dubya refuses to personally and forcefully pursue a national security risk on his own staff, how can we trust him to keep this country safe?

    Comment by JadeGold — Thursday, October 2, 2003 @ 7:27 am

  4. Today’s assignment for the blindly partisan JadeGold: Explain how a president “personally pursues” a national security risk on his own staff? Drag them all into a room and say, “alright, we’re not leaving here until someone confesses. And if no one comes forward, everyone gets punished!”

    Yeah, that worked for us in junior high too. Does it work for you now, while you’re in junior high, Jade?

    Comment by bryan — Thursday, October 2, 2003 @ 11:51 pm

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