Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Wilson, the Plame Leak and National Security

I apologize for blogging so much about Heather Wilson. But I think it must be a confluence of events: the entrance of Madrid into the Congressional races and the Republican’s struggles in Washington are focusing my attention on Wilson.

It occurred to me, on possibly the eve of indictments coming down that could involve White House staff, of the connection this has to Congresswoman Wilson.

Connection you say?

Yes, a connection. The investigation into the leak by the White House of a CIA agent’s name was representative of a larger effort by the White House to discredit those that doubted or sought to prove that the White House’s argument for going to war with Iraq was based on bad intelligence. Frank Rich wrote about this in the Sunday New York Times and identified a White House task force that was assembled with the purpose of marketing the war. Condoleezza Rice, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and others were part of that task force. What’s becoming evident these days is what we all feared—the rationale for going to war was weak and we’ve sacrificed 2,000 based on false information.

To date, there has been little outrage expressed by the Republicans in Washington about the serious implications of this situation to our national defense. I thought the Republicans were supposed to be the party of national defense? They were always the ones calling the dems “weak” on defense. What we are seeing now is embarrassing to the Republicans. Their much lauded defense apparatus was easily manipulated for political purposes. The cold, logical, rational approach of the American military was contortioned. Republicans should be outraged and they should clean up the mess.

Where are the Republicans calling for hearings? Calling for accountability? Where is Heather Wilson?

Indeed, where is Heather? If anyone should be outraged at this entire situation you think it would be Heather.

Let’s go back in time and recall Mrs. Wison’s background. Wilson comes out of the same White House Community that has become the focal point of the US Attorney’s investigation. Wilson, was not only an Air Force officer who worked at NATO, but served in the first Bush White House as the Director for European Defense Policy for the National Security Council. Condoleezza Rice served as a Director as well, on that very same National Security Council as Wilson under President Bush. Wilson is a product of the defense community surrounding President Bush’s father—the same group that stewed for eight years during the Clinton years and re-entered the White house with now President Bush. Part of this group are the infamous Neocons.

Wilson, who holds an impressive résumé, at the highest level of the defense community, should not only be outraged at the performance of the White House of late, but should also be doing everything she can to clear her name and disassociate herself from this renegade, politicized White House. You would think she would, at least.

But she isn’t. Instead Wilson has hoped that no one would bring this up, that no one would say, “Hey, Heather, you know these guys in the White House, you were at the NSC under the President’s father; aren’t you absolutely outraged about what’s going on? Isn’t this a complete embarrassment to the Republicans, the defense community? Since when do Republicans, who are supposed to be so pro-military, leak the names of covert CIA agents? Were the 2,000 lives lost worth it?”

We will see if Heather does anything to hold these guys accountable. She’s stood by and watched for 4+ years, let’s see if a tough congressional races gets her to do something.

1 Comments:

Blogger David Parsons said...

Not surprising. I've had some communications with Heather by email on hot subjects that leave one of two possibilities:
1. She is a participant in the corruption in Washington.
2. She is extremely stupid.
I've met her, listened to her speak, and read her writing. She seems intelligent to me.

11:37 PM  

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