You know, I wasn’t going to write anything about the whole Wilson/Plame thing, but, jesus, does crap like this piss me off. Let’s start with the sloppy logic of Glenn Reynolds whose credibility is rapidly approaching Ari Fleischer’s:
THE REAL WILSON SCANDAL: Forget Valerie Plame, the big scandal is why anyone in the Bush Administration would ever have tasked a guy with Wilson’s views with an important mission.
Regardless of the rest of the story, heads should roll for that.
Reynolds references Bill Hobbs’ transcription of a speech that Wilson gave on June 14 of this year. Now let’s keep in mind that Wilson went on his mission to Niger last year. So, in the timespace disruption that is Instapundit, why would the Bush people hire someone who has the views he expressed in 2003 for a job he did in 2002? Well, maybe here is a reason:
Ambassador Wilson is CEO of JCWilson International Ventures, Corp., a firm specializing in Strategic Management and International Business Development.
Ambassador Wilson served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from June 1997 until July 1998. In that capacity he was responsible for the coordination of U.S. policy to the 48 countries of sub-Saharan Africa. He was one of the principal architects of President Clintonâ€™s historic trip to Africa in March 1998.
Ambassador Wilson was the Political Advisor to the Commander-in-Chief of United States Armed Forces, Europe, 1995-1997. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic and to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe from 1992 to 1995. From 1988 to 1991, Ambassador Wilson served in Baghdad, Iraq as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy. During â€œDesert Shieldâ€ he was the acting Ambassador and was responsible for the negotiations that resulted in the release of several hundred American hostages. He was the last official American to meet with Saddam Hussein before the launching of â€œDesert Storm.â€
Ambassador Wilson was a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Service from 1976 until 1998. His early assignments included Niamey, Niger, 1976-1978; Lome, Togo, 1978-79; the State Department Bureau of African Affairs, 1979-1981; and Pretoria, South Africa, 1981-1982.
In other words, because he was qualified. What Wilson did in his speech was criticize the conduct of the war and attempt to predict what repercussions it might have on the Middle East, and somehow that makes him “political”. You see, you can only be “apolitical” if you parrot the administration line and pretend to be impartial like Glenn Reynolds or Bill Hobbs.
But let’s not listen to the advice of career Middle East diplomat who has served under both Republican and Democratic administrations. He’s not “apolitical” enough for the diplomats of Franklin County.