Saturday, February 17, 2007

FitzFong and Plame Blame Game Autopsy

Victoria Toensing dissects the mouldering corpse of the Plamegate fiasco that the MSM
fervently hoped would somehow involve Karl Rove and hit the jackpot by nailing VP Cheney in some sort of "he/she/it fingerpointing snipe hunt" that would vault Clean-Cut Eliot Ness wannabe Fitzgerald into iconic status as a possible Supreme Court nominee by a leftist president after maligning and undermining the Republican Party.

Last week, I put up a brilliant commenter's one-sentence summary of this unfunny joke and travesty of justice:
That distinction made, in the end, the whole enchilada appears to be that Joe Wilson, a State Department has-been so obsessed by his own vanity that he outed his own wife and who a year earlier said uranium was sought by Iraq in Africa before he said it was not sought by Iraq, was used as a cheap, throwaway dirty trick by the Kerry campaign to dupe lazy pseudojournalists from the NYTimes, Newsweek, WaPo, Time, and NBC, which led Senate Democratic politics-is-a-dirty-game-players like Chuck Schumer, to push for a rabid, unfettered special prosecutor like Fitzgerald, who, in a previous life bested by attorney Scooter Libby, then broke all the DOJ rules in fruitless a hunt to bring down Dick Cheney, and whose investigation immunized the wrong people and didn't follow up the simplest leads that would have lead to Richard Armitage, the original leaker of non-covert operative Valarie Plame Wilson's identity, who likely leaked Plame's relationship to several journalists because of a turf war with the CIA, an organization that, like State, also has leaked like a sieve whenever the bureaucrats disagreed with the administration, and that, like State, has yet to be held accountable by the equally irresponsible Department of Justice.

Victoria goes further and delineates all the motives of the scurvy crew that concocted this Gotcha-Game silliness:
FitzFong wanted to nail Libby for defending Marc Rich, the oil czar Clinton pardoned after wife Denise parlayed personal favors and a gazillion bucks for BillyJeff's Presidential Library. FitzFong took Libby's legal duties as Rich's lawyer as a personal affront. FitzFong also wanted to nail Judy Miller because he thought she alerted a terrorist "charity" that a FitzFong bust was in the works. And FitzFong displayed equal amounts of dishonesty and ignorance, indicting Libby for the Novak leak after he knew that Armitage was responsible. FitzFong loves limelight.

Toensing ladles out indictments to the CIA, engaging in petty interagency squabbles with State and the NSC. And to the washed-up has-been Wilson, who outted his spouse to get good tables at the best restaurants and a meal ticket to every ivory tower anti-American institution in the Ivy universe. Big money for speeches, and invites to the Vanity Fair party circuit.

Toensing reserves special scorn for the media, a mass of hypocrites hyping their own sanctimonious pietas as in multiple prevaricator Russert's "Sister Lucille told me in seventh grade to tell the truth." Here is one para exhibiting the media's shame:
As recently as a week ago, the media were displaying their prejudice in this case. On "Meet the Press," journalists lamented that the Libby trial was revealing how government officials can use their relationships with reporters to plant stories that hurt their political enemies. Where was the voice at the table asking, "Didn't Wilson also use the media with his assertions in the New York Times and The Post?"
No hypocrite in the MSM will answer that honest query.

Finally, careerists like Fleischer, Armitage, Comey, and the entire Dept. of Justice should be indicted for dereliction of duty.

And a dishonorable-mention indictment for twin louts loudmouth Mathews and motormouth Shuster whose tendentious dishonesty and outright lies made MSNBC even less responsible than usual. And, of course, a nod to Lawrence O'Donnell, for being always wrong.

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