by Scoobie Davis
Where's The Outrage?
The Valerie Plame scandal seems to have died down (though the FBI is investigating). As others have noted, when there were some FBI files that were mistakenly sent to the Clinton White House, there was a tidal wave of outrage by America's self-appointed guardians of patriotism; there was talk about dirty tricks by the Clinton White House and they even gave the incident a name: filegate. Of course, when numerous investigations found no wrongdoing, there were no retractions or apologies.
Now we have a real scandal that involved the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame by Bush administration officials. This was a dirty trick used against Plame's husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson because he dared to tell the truth and shed light on Bush's lies. Not only was it a dirty trick (something former White House counsel John Dean wrote was far worse than anything the Nixon White House did, because Nixon at least didn't go after the families of his enemies), but it was illegal and treasonous (because Plame's job was to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction).
Why isn't the supposedly liberal media not jumping on this as they did with the filegate nonscandal? Why aren't the right wing commentators and bloggers expressing outrage? I have an idea: someone should ask Ann Coulter what she thinks about this--her book is called Treason. She will be a guest on Duffy & company in Los Angeles today (apparently the listed time is wrong; I think that Coulter will be on the show from 6:00 to 6:30 Pacific Time). I won't be around to call but someone else can. The call-in number is 1-800-LA TALKS.