Richard Cohen’s WaPo 10/14 column on the Plame leak being no big deal, is creating a lot of negative attention. Which may reinforce what I suggested to him last year after a really absurd column on being purple: “maybe he needs some time off to unwind and get refocused.” Meanwhile, a small NBC/WSJ survey has some startling numbers worth looking at. Salon has an excellent rebuttal to Cohen’s 10/14 Column “Let This Leak Go” on the investigation of Plamegate.
Cohen’s assertion that no crime was done because the intention was to smear Wilson, not get Plame killed brings Grieve to refute the assumption:
“It’s very difficult to believe that at this stage any intelligent commentator could in good faith dispute the idea that the leaking of Plame’s identity was wrong and dangerous.” (My Dad would have said : “Oh, Malarkey”)
Grieve’s link to Larry Johnson’s response provides the compelling security argument to keep the Intelligence community OUT of politics – if you want to have an operational system.
My own argument is that Cohen also misses the reality on control of information. That is what it is about. However Cohen implies that the controlled information was about the misinformation the WH used to lead the country to war. Which in fact was well known – at least to those of us outside the beltway- even if the MSM failed to report it.
“If anything good comes out of the Iraq war, it has to be a realization that bad things can happen to good people when the administration — any administration — is in sole control of knowledge and those who know the truth are afraid to speak up. ” Like the media – who also had the information the rest of us did?
That is quite different from giving out information that was NOT generally known because it was, for good reason, classified. There are times when following the intent of the law if not the letter may be an appropriate defense. This is not one of them. Regardless of whether they were just trying to discredit Wilson and used Plame’s undercover status, classified information was released.
On a brighter note, Salon also covers a survey that could be an indicator that more Americans are not willing to swallow the Admin, GOP, MSM or columnists rhetoric. The NBC/WSJ survey was quite small, the numbers are still big.
“A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll contains the stunning information that President Bush’s approval rating among African-Americans has fallen to 2 percent in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.”
A larger poll might not be so drastic, more than likely it would still be stunning.
Especially for W and the GOP. The poll also had these intriguing numbers:
“Along with the president’s sinking popularity, the poll found that 48 percent of respondents want a “Democratic-controlled Congress,” while 39 percent prefer Republicans to be in control. The nine-point difference is the “largest margin between the parties in eleven years.”
The wind is changing. We need to get the sails up.
Memo to the liberal/progressive/populist blogs with flame war rooms: the sails won’t work if we don’t pull up, or cut, the anchors.