Saturday, October 04, 2003

'Captain - she can't take much more of this!' 

I don't think the Valerie Plame outing goes to treason, which I think way too many people are throwing around. Treason has a very specific definition, right there in the Constitution, stating what constitutes the crime. Part of the definition is that the person who receives the info must be an enemy of the US. Now, I don't really care for Mr. Novak - he pretty much personifies everything I'm against (and also happens to embody the typical Republican constituent: fat, white, old, and rich) - but I don't think he qualifies as an enemy of state.

The bottom line is that somebody needs to be fired and likely prosecuted. That's a minimum of what I think will come out of this, and provided there's a genuine effort to cooperate that will probably be that. Serve up a sacrificial lamb and hope the wolves don't go back for more. But volunteering information, even when sought by a court order, and transparency is not what we've come to expect from this bunch.

But if there isn't, or even if there isn't the perception that there is, well, the coverup is always much worse than the crime. The Watergate break-in was a bungled burglary by a President who was on his way to a landslide victory. This is a much more serious crime.

An interesting aspect of this is purely political. It's interesting that a White House that is fairly good at changing the subject (credit where credit is due) has been stuck in damage control mode for almost a week now. Close to 3 months if you count the fact that this whole business came out of the Niger story that was breaking in early July.

It sure is fun to watch these people on the defensive for a change.

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