Thursday, July 13, 2006

Never happen

The Wilson's are filing suit tomorrow against the Vice President, Scooter Libby and Karl Rove. It'll never happen, and for a couple of reasons.

First off--regardless of which camp you fall in ("The leak was retribution for Wilson's truth-telling" or "Wilson is a lying publicity hound") you'll understand why--this case would revolve around information only obtainable from the CIA, who is, regardless of what you believe about their role in this, not too likely forthcoming with information about Plame's status and role in the Wilson trip.

Secondly, the Wilson's hollow-story of the how and why Joe went to Niger stands to get blown away when faced under oath with direct questions such as:

Why didn't Joe file a written report on his findings?;

Why Joe said the Vice President's office sent him to Niger when upon investigation it was revealed that his wife influenced the CIA decision that appointed him to go?

No, Joe and Valerie don't want to get anywhere near such.

John Podhoretz says of it at the Corner that: Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you, Valerie. Because, you see, if the suit is summarily dismissed, she and Joe will be laughingstocks. And if it goes any further, Dick and Karl and Scooter will have the right to do discovery — and then, I believe, Val 'n' Joe will reap the whirlwind.

I don't know that they'll become "laughingstocks." Frankly, to the right they already are held in such contempt; to the left, they are heroes and the personification of speaking-truth-to-power the likes of which hasn't been seen in at least a generation. Nothing much, I believe, will move either of those perceptions.

And since I firmly believe they don't want the whirlwind, I think they're banking on this going nowhere. Much as I'd love to see it end in disgrace like it ought, I don't think it goes anywhere.

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