While Scooter Libby awaits arraignment on charges threatening 30 years imprisonment and up to a $1.25 million fine for allegedly providing false information to the special prosecutor investigating the leaking of Valerie Plame’s CIA employment to the press, “current and former intelligence officials” operating as part of the internal CIA opposition to the Bush Administration have clearly leaked to the Washington Post intelligence secrets incalculably more important and potentially damaging.
Where is Porter Goss, and what is he doing, permitting opponents of the current administration and its foreign policy within the Agency to cooperate with media partisans and the strategists of the opposition party to gin up a major criminal investigation and political scandal, a scandal artificially contrived to undermine the legitimacy of US military efforts in Iraq, and calculatedly intended to bring down senior administration officials, destroy their reputations, and drive them from office?
Obviously, the Libby indictment of last Friday was the happy outcome of a carefully architected and lovingly tended, partisan operation, modelled on the 1970s Watergate media coup d’etat. It is easy to see that the left hopes to bully Lewis Libby (with all the talk of fantastical 30 years sentences) into a plea bargain involving his implicating the Vice President in some sort of conspiratorial role. In the fondest dreams of the left, Plamegate will succeed in nothing less than firmly delegitimizing the US causus belli for the war in Iraq (promoting the Michael Moore “Bush lied” Big Lie into the realm of established fact). It will also compel the resignation of Dick Cheney, cripple the remaining years of the current administration, and guarantee a democrat victory in 2008. The scary thing is that I am by no means convinced that, however ridiculous the pretext really is, they are certain to fail.
The CIA director works for the president, as does –in theory– the Agency. It is time to have Porter Goss take center stage, and speak for the CIA itself, on Valerie Plame’s non-operative role, the lack of applicability of the law, and the non-consequences to the Agency and its operations of the disclosure of her role as an analyst. It is also time to clean house at the Agency, and to turn the prosecutorial tables on those “current and former intelligence officials” providing today’s headlines in the Washington Post.