Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Party Before Country 

Via our indefatigable colleague Susie Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla: eriposte of The Left Coaster has posted the first half of an exhaustive, heavily-annotated e-mail exchange in which former ambassador Joseph Wilson dispels various right-wing talking points about his trip to Niger and his wife's part in arranging it:

TLC: Considering your previous, long-time ties to the Republican Party and the commendations that the current President's father sent your way for your service to the U.S., especially against Saddam Hussein (not to mention his positive feedback to your articles advising restraint prior to the Iraq invasion by his son), have you privately (or publicly) gotten sympathies from any Republicans after your wife's identity was exposed? Have any of them called or written to offer their regrets or apologies? Are there any Republicans (in the current administration, Congress or national/state leadership) that you are aware of who actually expressed outrage about the expose of your wife's secret identity by senior-most officials in the Bush administration?

Amb. Wilson: In 1999, former President George H.W. Bush called those who would expose sources the most insidious of traitors. Now, a mere six years later, with Karl Rove and Scooter Libby exposed as sources of the leak of a covert operative, not a single Republican of national stature has even said that what they did was wrong. On the contrary, they have tried to turn this into a partisan issue and tied the RNC to the leak in a way that may well not benefit Republicans if indictments result.

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