March 11, 2007

Goldberg Lies Again: The Libby Verdict

Has Jonah Goldberg become a parody of himself? Inquiring minds want to know ...

... There's no need to dwell on the hardships faced by former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV: that arduous junket to Niger helped along by his wife, Valerie Plame; the endless cups of sweet mint tea he had to drink; the awkwardness that his findings, as briefed to the CIA, supported President Bush's famous "16 words" although Wilson said the exact opposite on the New York Times op-ed page and in 12 trillion television studios. ...

Even if he has (though we hear that mint tea is the new caviar), it's clear that the Washington Post who aided and abetted his particularly delusional column is nearly a parody of a newspaper:

... Mr. Wilson was embraced by many because he was early in publicly charging that the Bush administration had "twisted," if not invented, facts in making the case for war against Iraq. In conversations with journalists or in a July 6, 2003, op-ed, he claimed to have debunked evidence that Iraq was seeking uranium from Niger; suggested that he had been dispatched by Mr. Cheney to look into the matter; and alleged that his report had circulated at the highest levels of the administration.

A bipartisan investigation by the Senate intelligence committee subsequently established that all of these claims were false -- and that Mr. Wilson was recommended for the Niger trip by Ms. Plame, his wife.

... Mr. Wilson's case has besmirched nearly everyone it touched. The former ambassador will be remembered as a blowhard. ...

I don't know about how much this incident has besmirched Mr. Wilson, the Washington Post's editorial board, on the other hand, has been reduced to lying down with Jonah Goldberg and the people who give him his marching orders. Ouch.

Posted by natasha at March 11, 2007 05:22 PM | Law/Justice | Technorati links |