Sunday, December 5, 2010

Plame Game Revisited

One of the most infuriating episodes of the Bush administration was the non-scandal of Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson. Her claims of having been "outed" by Bush's staff were nonsense -- she was not a covert agent; and her husband's insistence that it was revenge for his having exposed Bush as a liar was well, a lie. But the left and the media (but I repeat myself) reported falsely for years that a serious breach of national security had been committed in the name of political retaliation.

Well, now the movie's out and, lo and behold, the Washington Post's editorial staff has thoroughly debunked it.

Hollywood has a habit of making movies about historical events without regard for the truth; "Fair Game" is just one more example. But the film's reception illustrates a more troubling trend of political debates in Washington in which established facts are willfully ignored. Mr. Wilson claimed that he had proved that Mr. Bush deliberately twisted the truth about Iraq, and he was eagerly embraced by those who insist the former president lied the country into a war. Though it was long ago established that Mr. Wilson himself was not telling the truth - not about his mission to Niger and not about his wife - the myth endures. We'll join the former president in hoping that future historians get it right.

That's good -- and very refreshing. But where the hell were they when it was all going on?

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