Monday, 19 March 2007


Ken Berwitz

Sorry for my lack of blogging over the past few days.  I have been in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with my wife, our son, our daughter in law, her mother and the king of  this trip, our transcendentally beautiful grandson Jacob Simon. 

I'm heading home this afternoon (so are the children and Jacob -- Arleen and Allison's mother Barbara are staying on for a couple more days).  And when I get there I will have a lot to blog about.

Among the items of interest will be the valerie plame, hearing.  The one about this "covert agent" who does Vanity Fair photo shoots.  The one whose covertness, while clear to Democratic politicians, is non-existent to the prosecutor who spent three years trying to find it.  If you like a combination of politics and farce (talk about redundancies!!) this hearing, chaired by Henry Waxman, is everything you dream of.  By the way, is it just me or does Waxman bear an unsettling resemblance to the toad from "The Wind In the Willows"?

I'll also be talking about Nicholas Kristof's column in the NewYork Times which excoriates the USA for not being evenhanded between palestinian Arabs and Israel.  Israel wants to give Gaza and most of the west bank to palestinian Arabs (not give it back,  just give it as a gift, since Israel won Gaza from Egypt and the west bank from Jordan).  They want to recognize this land as the sovereign state of Palestine and they want to peacefully coexist with that state. 

Palestinian Arabs, by contrast, want Gaza, the west bank and all of Israel as well.  They do not want to coexist with Israel, they want Israel to cease existing; preferably with every Jew dead.  And they do not want peace nor do they value it, as proven by the fact that they name their streets and their sporting events, among other things, for "successful" suicide bombers whose great acts of valor include killing Jewish civilians in markets, schoolbuses and pizza parlors. 

Which of these differences, I wonder, would Mr. Kristof like us to meet palestinian Arabs halfway on?  Maybe he wants us to support them if they promise only to take half of Israel and kill half of the Jews there. 

Hmm, I said I would do this later, didn't I?  Yes I did.  I'll add to my commentary on the middle east, and plenty more, tonight and tomorrow.



Ken Berwitz

I'm getting tired of posting the fact that valerie plame and her sleazeball husband joe wilson are liars.  But it seems that no matter how plainly it is stated and how many facts are used to prove it, some people look the other way.

Here's another try, in the form of an editorial from Investor's Business Daily.  Reality is what it is, even if some people spontaneously do an ostrich act every time they see it:-

The Plame 'Truth'

IbdMon Mar 19, 7:00 PM ET

Disinformation: After Scooter Libby's questionable perjury conviction, the special prosecutor announced the end of his probe. But if avenging falsehood under oath grabs him, Valerie Plame herself should have been next.

Lewis Libby just wasn't born with the right color hair. Apparently, you have to be a blonde bombshell to get away with having a faulty memory while under oath. Valerie Plame, the "secret agent" who does glamorous magazine cover shoots, gave testimony last week to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that so contradicted the bipartisan report of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee analyzing prewar intelligence regarding Iraq, the P-word just can't help coming to mind.

"I did not recommend him," Plame claimed before the House panel last Friday. She was referring to her husband, Joseph Wilson, sent to Niger in early 2002 by the CIA to investigate reports that Saddam Hussein sought uranium there. "I did not suggest him," she added.

But the Senate bipartisan report of July 2004 indicates otherwise:

The reports officer of the CIA's Counterproliferation Division (CPD), where Plame worked, told committee staff that Plame "offered up his (Wilson's) name."

In a memo to the CPD deputy chief dated Feb. 12, 2002, Plame wrote, "My husband has good relations with both the PM (prime minister) and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity." That's not a recommendation?

The day after that memo, Plame's CPD division sent a cable "requesting concurrence with CPD's idea to send the former ambassador (Joseph Wilson) to Niger ..."

Plame "told Committee staff that when CPD decided it would like to send the former ambassador to Niger, she approached her husband on behalf of the CIA and told him 'there's this crazy report' on a purported deal for Niger to sell uranium to Iraq."

A CIA analyst intent on discrediting what she calls a "crazy report" is indicative of a spy agency at war -- or at least at odds -- with the White House it is supposed to be serving. The actions of both Mr. and Mrs. Wilson suggest that is exactly what is at the heart of the Plame Affair.

Former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage was the first person we know of to reveal Plame's identity to the press -- first to the Washington Post's Bob Woodward, then to columnist Robert Novak. He was never indicted. Still, he had some very interesting things to say about Plame and Wilson.

On the tape of his conversation with Woodward, played at the Libby trial and apparently recorded a month before he spoke to Novak, Armitage said of Plame's job at the CIA, "Everyone knows it," immediately adding that "Joe Wilson's been calling everybody."

Tellingly, Armitage commented that "the CIA is not going to be hurt by this one," implying that the spy agency thought it would be embarrassed by the White House touting allegations that Saddam Hussein sought nuclear material in Niger.

In the course of her testimony, Plame did a lot of hand-wringing about her blown cover and ruined career. (She's apparently consoling herself with a million-dollar book deal.)

Too bad she never got the chance last Friday to address what Bill Gertz reported in the Washington Times in 2004: that her cover was actually blown at least a decade ago by a Russian spy, exposed then after a botched CIA delivery to the Swiss Embassy in Havana.

The Plame-Wilson PR machine wants Americans to think it's all about a patriotic spy being victimized. The real victim here, repeatedly, is the truth.-

"Most ignorance is vincible ignorance.  We don't know because we don't want to know":  Aldous Huxley

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