ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Before we change the name of this blog to "Another Rovian Frog March"

Let's see what actually occurred by letting the investigation play out. The press isn't judge, jury, & executioner. Glenn Reynolds and NRO have some interesting comments:

From Glenn Reynolds

[...]All I know is that the same people who are sure they know what's going on now were sure they knew what was going on when they claimed that the leaker was Scooter Libby. I suspect that the special prosecutor will let us know what's really going on soon enough, and that when that happens some people will be surprised

And from NRO:
Luskin told NRO that the circumstances of Rove's conversation with Cooper undercut Time's suggestion of a White House "war on Wilson." According to Luskin, Cooper originally called Rove — not the other way around — and said he was working on a story on welfare reform. After some conversation about that issue, Luskin said, Cooper changed the subject to the weapons of mass destruction issue, and that was when the two had the brief talk that became the subject of so much legal wrangling. According to Luskin, the fact that Rove did not call Cooper; that the original purpose of the call, as Cooper told Rove, was welfare reform; that only after Cooper brought the WMD issue up did Rove discuss Wilson — all are "indications that this was not a calculated effort by the White House to get this story out."
[...]
Luskin also addressed the question of whether Rove is a "subject" of the investigation. Luskin says Fitzgerald has told Rove he is not a "target" of the investigation, but, according to Luskin, Fitzgerald has also made it clear that virtually anyone whose conduct falls within the scope of the investigation, including Rove, is considered a "subject" of the probe. "'Target' is something we all understand, a very alarming term," Luskin says. On the other hand, Fitzgerald "has indicated to us that he takes a very broad view of what a subject is."

Finally, Luskin conceded that Rove is legally free to publicly discuss his actions, including his grand-jury testimony. Rove has not spoken publicly, Luskin says, because Fitzgerald specifically asked him not to.

So... all of those on the Left who think that Karl should be lead out in handcuffs should recognize that:
1 - It's unlikely that Rove committed a crime; and
2 - Let the investigation run its course before you give political / legal advice to the Bush administration.

***Update***
See the guys at Powerline for more info.

And this Podhoretz post at the Corner indicates that Wilson may have leaked the info to Miller.
WELL, WELL, WELL... [John Podhoretz]
...it appears Joe Wilson has issued a statement IN DEFENSE OF Judith Miller. (Hat tip: IVQ.)

Which is odd on its face, because if Wilson is so concerned about finding out who revealed the name of his wife -- who Wilson claims was somehow placed in personal jeopardy by the revelation -- shouldn't he want her to testify and reveal who told her what?

Here are Wilson's words: "The sentencing of Judith Miller to jail for refusing to disclose her sources is the direct result of the culture of unaccountability that infects the Bush White House from top to bottom....Thus has Ms Miller joined my wife, Valerie, and her twenty years of service to this nation as collateral damage in the smear campaign launched when I had the temerity to challenge the President on his assertion that Iraq had attempted to purchase uranium yellowcake from Africa."

This makes no sense. Judy Miller's jailing is the direct result of an effort to find out who revealed his wife's name. But there is at least one way in which it might make sense -- if Wilson is himself the original source.

This is especially strange, since Joe Wilson made the following comment:
Retired career diplomat Joseph Wilson said Sunday that he would to love to see whoever blew the cover on his wife as a CIA operative "frog-marched out of the White House."

And, more directly, this:
It's of keen interest to me to see whether or not we can get Karl Rove frog-marched out of the White House in handcuffs. And trust me, when I use that name, I measure my words.

Well, Joey... if you think Rove is the source, Miller can spill the beans and you can see that frog-march for yourself. BTW, what story did Miller write that referenced Plame? There isn't one. Which leads to the possibility that SHE leaked to someone else (Cooper? Novak?) and isn't willing to disclose her source. Also, if Judith didn't write a story about Plame, how can she hide behind journalistic integrity??

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler