Accountability is only there if we get Rove

David Corn was one of the first to suggest that there was a serious breach of law in Novak’s revelation of the identity of Mrs. Wilson. His point of view provides a good illustration of the sorts of thing that debase modern political dialog.

Rove may be in trouble. Or this could be a false alert. But this did-Rove-do-it bubble is a useful reminder. Two years ago, senior Bush administration officials revealed classified information, undid the career of a national security official, and endangered ongoing anti-WMD programs in order to pursue a political vendetta against a critic, and to date there has been no accountability.

The assumption is that someone in the administration is guilty of a serious (“despicable”) crime of intentionally revealing the identity of a CIA operative in order to discredit a critic. The hope, the presumed guilty party, is Rove and this is welcomed because that would get the President’s right hand man frogmarched out of the White House in chains. Oh what satisfaction that would bring.

Two years later, the heat is not on the administration but rather on a couple of reporters who refused to cooperate with the grand jury investigating the situation. It has also come to light that it was Wilson who had credibility problems with his ‘Iraq not seeking uranium from Africa’ report and other matters. It also appears that the identity that was revealed was not so unknown as Corn et al choose to insist.

O’Donnel, who is renown for shouting down O’Neil on Scarborough, claimed that the reporter information would reveal that Rove was the source. This turns out to be another overheated expression of desire.

Meanwhile, the Corn Crowd has taken the basic assumptions and created a massive scandal and conspiracy to rival Watergate and done so out of whole cloth with invisible threads. The conspiracy has to exist in order to explain away all of the anomolies that arise from the faulty assumptions and logical inconsistencies and grossly strange implications of their view of what actually happened.

The sad part is that their measure of reality has trancended observation into the realm of belief. Standard issues of accuracy, precision, and perception can not be tolerated. The effort to prove out the fiction must either succumb to reason and reality or it will end in catastrophic breakdown. The latter is frightening, especially in light of the view of its probability and the damage it will cause given essays like Corns.

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