Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Defense of Treason continues at RedState

I used to enjoy going to RedState for the dialogue and discussion that used to occur between people of opposing political ideologies. Unfortunately, that time ended long ago. Now I peruse RedState for a different reason: just seeing what they'll come up with next.

Case in point: defending treason.

One would imagine that the unmasking of a covert operative working on WMD intelligence in the middle east would make even Republicans and RedStaters want to get to the bottom of the scandal and find out who was responsible. But no. The days of loyalty to the country are over, and the flag of the elephant now flies higher than the flag of the United States--as evidenced by passages like this:

If this is true, then Libby did not know that Plame was classified as James Bond in drag, super-secret, licensed-to-kill with an AK-47 when he let the cat out of the bag.

This mockery of a CIA agent toiling thanklessly and risking her life on behalf of her country is something we think we shouldn't expect from Republicans--but actually, we should start expecting it more and more. We all know what Bush has done for soldiers in addition to sending them to Iraq: stop loss, cutting combat pay, cutting VA benefits, and everything else. We see that Rush Limbaugh called Paul Hackett a "staff puke" as his thanks for Paul's service in the Armed Forces of the United States.

And last but not least, I'm tired of comments like this one: handwringing about how exposure of the leakers in this case will make leaking of important information less likely. No, guys, you have it wrong: exposure of the leakers will make BLOWING THE COVER OF CLASSIFIED PERSONNEL FOR POLITICAL REVENGE less likely. I will repeat something I started this blog with: this case has nothing whatsoever to do with whistleblowing. Whistleblowing is the exposure of illegal or unethical activity. Sometimes, classified information must be exposed to blow the whistle--but this case shares no similarities to this, and the MSM can continue to be confident that anonymous leaks by whistleblowers should be able to continue as planned.

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