Sullivan replies to Tom Maguire with an oh-so-fretful observation:
"But it seems to me that a president who routinely decries leaking of classified information has now been revealed as someone who purposefully and with premeditation leaked classified information, gave his veep special clearance to do so, and did so during a very heated debate about possible malfeasance with respect to pre-war intelligence handling."
Let's do a fisking of Sullivan on this one. Wilson goes to Niger, puts an Op-Ed on the NYT asserting that Iraq did not seek uranium [asserting incorrectly that VP Cheney had called for the trip] and Bush should not counter this unauthorized public release of classified info by authorizing [which is totally within his executive privileges] material to counter that unauthorized leak. And Sullivan does not answer Maguire's questioning of Sullivan's presumption that the Cheney leaks were done to embarrass Wilson and Plame, and done with premeditation, as Sullivan said before with this quote:
We have a missing link. No, I don't mean the post-fish. I mean the Bush connection in the Plame leak. It turns out that, according to Libby, it was the president who first sanctioned the leak of the NIE data to discredit Joseph Wilson.[emphasis mine]
Yes, the Plamaniacs are set in their lying ways. Not that Plame was even subject to the law they claim the Bush Administration broke. Once the MSM has a mantra, as with WMDs and talks between UbL & Iraqis pre 9-11, the Kossack groupies froth at the mouth and the sputum flecks their beards with endless ravings and reiterations of discredited dogma. The Left knows it is The Big Lie that gets remembered, not the corrections.