Politics of Truth: How Joe Wilson Lied His Way to Fame
It seems that we have another suspect in the outing of Valerie Plame Wilson. This time, however, it's a name we've heard before. Many times before. And that would be the name of Joe Wilson, IV, her narcissitic, camera preening egomaniac husband. Per Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, Wilson blabbed about his "CIA wife" who worked in the WMD section. And he regularly and openly made note of her status as such.
And there's nothing wrong with that, as he knew he was not committing a crime. Like the shameless self-promoter he is, he was just dropping names. Cheesy, but legal.
The problem starts when he touches off a firestorm about his wife's cover being blown, a serious breach of national security, putting her life in danger, etc. when the White House, in an effort to correct only the first of Mr. Wilson's many knowing misstatements about his voyage to Niger, dispelled the notion that he was sent at the behest of Dick Cheney, but rather at the suggestion of his wife. The White House did it for two major reasons--the first, to avoid the impression that Wilson tried to create, namely that he was someone selected by the Vice President, thereby giving his alleged findings and conclusions an appearance of greater validity--an effort to correct the record. The second was a little more in the way of paybacks and hardball.
Wilson was and remains a troublemaker. He has done nothing but attempt to generate coverage for himself by using any possible angle, delivered with his own form of false righteous indignance, to create harm for the Administration. And in Washington, there is almost always a price for that. So when he claimed to be close to the Administration and an important fellow when he first attacked the "16 words" of the 2003 State of the Union Address, the Administration wanted to make clear that he was a nobody who got a job because his politically connected wife set him up with it.
And so having been caught in an embarrassing lie, he fired back all the harder in a furious rage at the White House for having committed the very same act that he had been doing for at least a year prior to advance his personal stock. But this time, he pretended that it was a crime that had been committed to keep his name above the fold, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and two years of an investigation for an act that the chief accuser knew was not a crime.
And I think it's time that Wilson's name made it again, above the fold. If Wilson was making it known that his wife worked at the CIA, nothing more than anyone at the White House did, and pretended that her cover was blown, causing an investigation and the besmirching of someone's character for his own personal political gain, perhaps it is time that he come before a grand jury of his own.