Valerie Plame was a covert CIA agent.
Like many Republican potato-heads, Dana Pico doesn’t want to believe it’s so, because that would mean that he had to believe that Plame had a career of her own independent of anything her husband did, and also of course because accepting the facts would mean he’d have to accept that in 2003, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were implicated in the treasonous betrayal of a covert CIA agent, and that over the next four years, both Bush and Cheney had actively conspired to cover up the treasonous leak, right up to and including giving Scooter Libby exemption from going to prison for obstructing the investigation into Plame’s betrayal. (The CIA employees who were retired and thus allowed to speak out about how they felt about this betrayal were not happy.)
Because of course we know that Plame “was a covert CIA employee for whom the CIA was taking affirmative measures to conceal her intelligence relationship to the United States.” We’ve known this for sure since 29th May 2007, though anyone but a moron could have worked it out long ago from the seriousness with which the CIA, the Department of Justice, and the White House, all treated the leaking of her identity. The Republican potatoheads who still claim there’s any doubt are Bush’s reliable morons, soon no doubt to become McCain’s reliable morons: they won’t permit mere facts to sway them.
But here’s the funny part, and really, it is amusing. Dana swears the reason he can’t possibly believe that Valerie Plame was a covert agent, in the teeth of all the evidence, is because he would have to believe that journalists are lying through their scummy teeth.
To accept Mrs Wilson’s version of the story as the truth, I would have to believe that a lot of other people are liars or fools. That the political operators of the Bush Administration could be lying through their scummy teeth just to get even with Joe Wilson is a possibility that I can accept; politics is a hardball sport in our nation’s capital. But I’d also have to believe that a lot of Washington journalists, many of whom are not exactly political friends or allies with the Bush Administration, are also liars or fools.
That’s right. Dana Pico trusts and loves him the journalists of the Washington Post and other Washington journalists, and he knows they wouldn’t lie just because, well…
Never mind the facts! He knows they wouldn’t! Everyone else may know that Valerie Plame is a covert agent, and that Bush & Co committed treason, but Dana won’t believe it, because journalists don’t lie.
Eh. I can always use a good laugh. And the fact that Dana is still harking back to this most public betrayal by Bush and his cronies, and still desperately repeating what he must believe to be true, a kind of Republican catechism, I suppose goes to show that this scandal still has power to wound: Bush & Co committed treason, and on some level of his mind, Dana knows it. Hence his whimpering pleas that no, no, they wouldn’t lie to me.
There is a graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, When the Wind Blows, published in 1982, which depicts a nuclear attack on Britain by the Soviet Union, told from the point of view of a retired couple Hilda and Jim Bloggs, loosely based on Briggs’ own parents. Mr and Mrs Bloggs have got a government handbook Protect and Survive (which was actually published – it was handed around at my school, and scared more schoolchildren into Youth CND than I think anyone can have quite expected) which tells them what to do in the case of nuclear attack, and solemnly, pathetically, they do what the government told them, hopeful even until death that all will be well. When the Wind Blows is almost funny, too, in the early sections…