Joe Wilson's 15 Minutes of Fame Are Up

After three years of investigations into the leak of CIA employee Valerie Plame’s name in connection with a suspected conspiracy by the White House to mislead the nation in the war in Iraq, it is now apparent that the White House had absolutely nothing to do with the leak, which was published by Robert Novak in a 2003 column. There goes another campaign issue for Democrats.

The Washington Post reported that former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was the source of the leak. Armitage, who was opposed to the administration’s invasion of Iraq, passed along Plame’s name in an “offhand manner, virtually as gossip,” to Novak, according to a story by Post reporter R. Jeffrey Smith.

The CIA leak case had been one of the most serious and sensationalized charges against the Bush White House, and no doubt has contributed to Bush’s slip in the polls. Special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald last year levied an indictment against Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Scooter Libby. Before the criminal proceedings commenced, a serious charge had been launched at the White House, and a New York Times reporter was martyred when Judith Miller went to prison rather than release her source.

Liberals of course, acting like the mob they are, pounced on the charges like Massachusetts Puritans on a witch-hunt. Long before the facts came out, the Democratic National Committee was asking online contributors to “Help Fight the Republican Culture of Corruption.” That strategy, of course, went down in a ball of flames when FBI agents found over $100,000 in the freezer of Rep. William Jefferson (D.-La.), a case that is still under investigation.

The old adage “history repeats itself” has never rung truer. Much like the claimed McCarthy witch-hunt turned out to be a legitimate case when Soviet cables were linked to the Rosenberg’s, who liberals said were the victims of a smear campaign. It turns out that Joe Wilson was not punished for his intelligence gathering; in fact there was no need of it. The entire international intelligence community had evidenced which suggested that Saddam indeed possessed weapons of mass destruction. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testified to the Senate that yellowcake or no yellowcake, the uranium shopping by Iraq in Niger was a minor part of the intelligence of Saddam. The idea that Wilson was somehow smeared to make the case for war is another instance in the alternative reality in which Democrats reside.

The Post began its editorial by saying, “We’re reluctant to return to the subject of former CIA employee Valerie Plame because of our oft-stated belief that far too much attention and debate in Washington has been devoted to her story and that of her husband….” The opening line is laughable if it wasn’t so deceptive. The Washington Post and the New York Times simply are enraged by the fact that the media’s “Gotcha!” game is over. The Washington Post does however, deserve credit for saying that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is her husband, who made false claims that he had debunked suspicions that Iraq was attempting to acquire uranium.

The sad part is, that just when the polls show that twisted liberal rhetoric is pushing the election in their favor, the truth comes out. All those Democratic congressmen and senators who placed Joe Wilson on a martyr’s pedestal look like bumbling imbeciles … again.