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THE PLAMEGATE KULTURSMOG: Radical Scribes Lack Vocabulary to Feign Outrage Over Plame Affair

by Richard Poe
Saturday, August 6, 2005

10:15 am Eastern Time
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Say what you like about radical columnist Alexander Cockburn, the man is useful. He often says what he really thinks – a dangerously subversive act in the world of leftwing punditry, where deception, concealment and misdirection are the tools of choice. Mr. Cockburn’s latest thoughts on Plamegate provide a breath of fresh air amidst the suffocating cloud of Bolshevist kultursmog regularly exhaled from the likes of Robert Scheer and David Corn.

In The Nation of August 1, Mr. Cockburn offers a commentary titled, “Don’t You Dare Call It Treason” (whose entire text – and then some – is conveniently reproduced for non-subscribers to The Nation here at portland.indymedia.org: Steal this article!). Addressing his usual audience of fellow leftists, Cockburn writes:

“A leading Democrat, Henry Waxman, howls in Congress that `the intentional disclosure of a covert CIA agent’s identity would be an act of treason. If Rove was part of a conspiracy and intentionally disclosed the name – then that jeopardizes national security.’ Liberal columnists like Robert Scheer of the Los Angeles Times join the Waxman chorus. …

“Thirty-eight years ago Scheer was one of the editors of Ramparts, and in February 1967 that magazine ran an exposé of covert CIA funding of the National Student Association, prompting furious charges that it had endangered national security, which, from the foreign policy establishment’s point of view, it most certainly had. …

“The CIA’s covert wing is not in the business of advancing world peace and general prosperity. The record of sixty years is one of uninterrupted evil. So we should drop all this nonsense about treason and clap Rove warmly on the back for his courageous onslaughts on the cult of secrecy. By all means delight in the White House’s discomfiture, but spare us the claptrap about national security and treason. …

“Who in fact was a prime betrayer of secrets, if one has to be found? On July 7 Steve Terrell reported in the New Mexican that the leaker so eager to disclose a top-secret government probe of Wen Ho Lee at Los Alamos may well be the current governor of New Mexico and possible White House aspirant, Bill Richardson, who was Clinton’s Energy Secretary at the time…

“…the left should be leery of words like `traitor’ and `national security.’ They cut both ways.”

Indeed they do, Mr. Cockburn. However, in the case of Plamegate, where no Republican can be found who betrayed any secrets or in any way endangered national security, it would seem that the knife cuts only in one direction. As Matt Drudge is wont to say… developing…

by Richard Poe
August 6, 2005 10:15 AM ET

Cross-posted from MoonbatCentral.com 08.06.05

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  1. Grace Nearing says:

    However, in the case of Plamegate, where no Republican can be found who betrayed any secrets or in any way endangered national security, it would seem that the knife cuts only in one direction. As Matt Drudge is wont to say… developing…

    I think the more accurate phrase would be: The jury is still out.

  2. blogman says:

    Let me get this straight… Sandy Berger, leading Clinton advisor, goes to the National Archives, steals documents (on matters of national security), and takes them home and destroys them. Democrats’ response? YAWN.

    But Robert Novak specifically says that HE provided Karl Rove the name of Valerie Plame, which was open in “Who’s Who,” and yet Democrats scream “TREASON!” and “VIOLATION OF NATIONAL SECURITY!”

    I must be in Oz. Can the Wizard come out now?

  3. ralphbprice says:

    I concur with blogman. It’s all in the perspective. The left is hell bent on besmirching the administration, and will commit crimes much more horrendous than the alleged crime that they claim Mr. Rove committed. It has been said, “Methinks, thou dost protest too much.”

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