Here’s what I wrote in September 2003:
“It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. It’s looking pretty obvious at this point that somebody within the Administration revealed Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. Why really doesn’t matter – the fact that they did should be enough for Americans to demand full accountability from the White House. This isn’t just bad behavior, this is a major violation both of Federal law and of the protection of our intelligence community. Will the arrogance of the Bush Administration cause them to justify this in that smug manner that has characterized so many of their decisions? Will all those Stepford Republicans once again rally ’round, because if a Republican did it, it must be a Good Thing?”
Now Newsweek is reporting that Karl Rove was the source – as many have speculated for many months, and despite Rove’s denials for those many months. Some will adamantly insist that Rove, by possibly not revealing her name but by only identifying her as Joseph Wilson’s wife, did not technically break the law. Didn’t we have to endure Bill Clinton’s impeachment because he relied on “technicalities” to justify his actions?
So, here’s an opinion: Assuming the information is correct, if Karl Rove is not fired, and explicitly and completely separated from the Bush Administration, the minute he is positively identified as the source – if George Bush hesitates to dismiss him immediately – then President George Bush should be impeached. This is far, far more serious than oral sex in the White House, or possibly making a few thousand dollars on a twenty-year-old land deal. This is what the issue should have been all along – are the lives of American intelligence operatives worth more than political expediency, or not? George Bush likes clear-cut, black-and-white issues. Mr. President, it doesn’t get more clear-cut than this.
Chris has some thoughts related to this.
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