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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Joe Wilson's Pathetic Last Stand - Liar's Recap

The media finally acknowledged Joe Wilson has lost all credibility; "It's Unfortunate That So Many People Took Him Seriously." The Washington Post: "[I]t 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." (Editorial, "End Of An Affair," The Washington Post, 9/1/06) The Washington Post: "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." (Editorial, "End Of An Affair," The Washington Post, 9/1/06) Slate's Christopher Hitchens: "[T]here was always another layer to the Joseph Wilson fantasy. ... [t]here remained the charge that his nonreport on a real threat had led to a government-sponsored vendetta against him and his wife, Valerie Plame." (Christopher Hitchens, "Plame Out," Slate, 8/29/06) Mort Kondracke, Executive Editor Of Roll Call: "[T]his whole conspiracy theory of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney masterminding this entire plot to out Valerie Plame ... and violate the intelligence agent's identity's act and all this stuff ... it's empty." (Fox News' "Special Report," 8/28/06) The [Manchester] Union Leader: "Wilson ... promoted the erroneous ideas that he was sent on behalf of Vice President Dick Cheney and that his trip was some sort of definitive investigation rather than a diplomatic courtesy call." (Editorial, "End Of The Affair: No Blame In Plame Game," The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 8/30/06) The [Manchester] Union Leader: "Those were intentional deceits. Wilson misled ... The facts are quite clear. There was no conspiracy to out an undercover CIA agent. None. Zero. Nada. It did not happen. End of story." (Editorial, "End Of The Affair: No Blame In Plame Game," The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 8/30/06) The Chicago Tribune: "The facile saga of vengeful White House warmongers recruiting [Bob] Novak to help them destroy beleaguered Joe Wilson appears to be myth." (Editorial, "A Surprise In The Plame Case," The Chicago Tribune, 9/1/06) National Review: "This revelation lays waste to the notion that Vice President Dick Cheney, former Cheney chief of staff Lewis Libby, and top White House aide Karl Rove conspired to 'out' Plame as a way of smearing her husband, the anti-Bush gadfly Joseph Wilson." (Editorial, "The Real Scandal," National Review, 8/30/06) Fred Barnes, Executive Editor Of The Weekly Standard: "So, the Bush White House, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and others were hung out to dry and the charge grew and was widely proclaimed in the press and among Democrats and among critics of the White House, that the White House had smeared an innocent man, Joe Wilson, who merely told the truth. And it turns out that was wrong from the beginning." (Fox News' "Special Report," 8/28/06) FLASHBACK: Wilson Claimed He Was The Victim Of An Organized Smear Campaign:
xxx Joe Wilson: "[T]he smear campaign ... was being undertaken by the Republican National Committee and this administration's right wing allies." (CNN's "Larry King Live," 11/1/05) Wilson: "Obviously, there's been this orchestrated campaign, this smear campaign. I happen to think that it's because the RNC, the Republican National Committee's been involved in this in a big way ..." (CNN's "Late Edition," 7/18/04) Wilson: "[T]here have been a number of articles written attacking me. ... I've since learned from a couple of different reporters that White House sources have been telling [them] the story is Wilson and his wife... It's a breach of national security. My understanding is it may, in fact, be a violation of American law." (NBC's "Today Show," 7/22/03) Wilson: "It's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. And trust me, when I use that name, I measure my words." (Timothy Noah, "Did Rove Blow A Spook's Cover?" Slate, 9/16/03) FLASHBACK: Democrats Have Hailed Wilson As A Hero Of The Left: On The Eve Of His Lawsuit Announcement, Joe Wilson Attended Senate Democrats' Policy Luncheon.
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Fox News' Brit Hume: "Plame [was] seen ... with her husband Joe Wilson arriving for a policy luncheon with Senate Democrats today." (Fox News' "Special Report," 7/13/06) Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): "It was you [Nutroots] who defended Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson against Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove." (Sen. Harry Reid, Remarks At Yearly Kos Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 6/10/06) Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "I am pleased to be here today with Ambassador Joe Wilson ... his wife, an undercover CIA employee, was exposed for what appeared to be political motivations. ... [Joe Wilson] has served his country, has - and his wife as well - have risked themselves in many ways for this country. And it was they who had politics played upon them, not the other way around." (Sen. Charles Schumer, Press Conference, 7/14/05) Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA): "Joe Wilson is here my pal! ... [Joe] you deserve the thanks of a nation and instead of that they went after your family and it is despicable and cowardly and I'm so proud of you." (Sen. Barbara Boxer, Remarks At The Yearly Kos Convention, Las Vegas, NV, 6/9/06) Joe Wilson Attended Fundraisers For Democrat Parties, Candidates, And Causes. "Joseph Wilson ... will headline two DFL Party fundraisers in the Twin Cities ... and has made numerous appearances in recent years on behalf of Democratic candidates and causes ..." (Conrad Defiebre "Lightning Rod On Iraq War To Headline Two DFL Fundraisers," [Minneapolis, MN] Star Tribune, 12/7/05) xxx Source: GOP.com

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