Working Title: “All The Vice President’s Men?”
The NYTimes reports that Valerie Plame Wilson is shopping around a proposal for a book deal. Well, I say good for her. Since her career in the CIA was cut short by the traitorous betrayal of her NOC cover by Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and others within the Bush Administration, why shouldn’t she be able to tell her side of the story? Or whatever she might be writing about, since the NYTimes story has no information as to whether this is a biography proposal or something else entirely. (And, boy, those non-disclosure agreements with publishing houses work awfully well, don’t they? *cough*)
Before the wingnut-o-sphere gears up its usual screech and moan on this, I wanted to take a moment to catalogue a few authors and titles from conservative publication circles on national security and military matters — you know, the people that the wingnuts like to call "patriots," mainly because they are denouncing "liberals."
Dereliction of Duty by Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson, USAF (Ret.)
Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror by Thomas McInerney and Paul Vallely
Inside CentCom: The Unvarnished Truth about the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by Michael DeLong, Noah Lukeman
Losing bin Laden: How Bill Clinton’s Failures Unleashed Global Terror by Richard Miniter
Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security , Lt. Colonel Robert "Buzz" Patterson (USAF, Ret.)
Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left , David Horowitz
Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House, Gary Aldrich
Women in the Military: Flirting with Disaster, Brian Mitchell
And this is just a drop in the bucket in terms of the titles and issues covered out there. I just hit a few of the national security and military titles — and I mean just a few. There is so much more from the Mighty Wurlitzer — you name an issue plaguing this country, and someone has written a book blaming liberals, the Clintons, anyone but the current President. A number of the books above were written by people with high level access and clearance, after their time in government — some criticising Bill Clinton and his policies while he was still President. (And I don’t recall wingnuts jumping up and down and calling them traitors and asking for them to be indicted or anything for criticising a President while our troops were fighting in Bosnia, so let’s be honest here and say that only those people who agree with their kool-aid submerged world view get to be published and the rest of us should just shut up and take our medicine. Does that just about cover it?)
Intellectual honesty says that criticism of policy or factual issues ought to run across both sides of the political spectrum. Without criticism, how can you honestly evaluate and test your ideas against valid questions that need to be constantly raised to keep our elected representatives honest and standing in the sunshine, instead of operating in the shadows?
Valerie Plame Wilson saw her career with the CIA trashed, her reputation dragged through Victoria Toerag’s mud collection — for what? Because her husband dared to publicly voice criticisms of the Bush Administration’s lies in the run-up to the Iraq War, calling the credibility of Bush, Cheney, Rice and others within the neo-conjob cabal into serious question?
We recently saw David Shuster confirm that Valerie Wilson was working on issues surrounding Iran’s nuclear weapons/production — including potentially running intel networks within Iran that went black after her name and cover company surfaced in the media. That this would be sacrificed — an investigation into a real nuclear production question — to cover false statements about fake WMDs is pathetic, short-sighted, and asinine.
And I, for one, can’t wait to see what Valerie Plame Wilson has to say about all of it. (If Porter Goss’s internal censorship department in the CIA lets us read any of it after the vetting process has concluded.)