McClellan’s book reveals no new information, rehashes Democrats' arguments

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 | 10:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:45 p.m. CST, Monday, February 2, 2009

Predictably exercising its herd mentality, the left has risen as one body to canonize the erstwhile press secretary for President Bush, Mr. Scott McClellan, for his sudden epiphanic revelation of the administration’s errors of judgment and evil doing. Nevermind that he raised not one issue that had not been reviled nonstop by the Democrats for the past seven-and-a-half years nor did he offer any new evidence to bolster his charges.

Nevermind also that in his iterations that “Bush lied us into war” and “Bush lied about WMD” McClellan all too conveniently ignored the fact that every free world intelligence agency had determined that Iraq indeed owned and was in pursuit of the aforementioned Weapons of Mass Destruction. Moreover, between 1998 and 2002, elected and appointed Democrats to include President Clinton, Vice President Gore, Secretary of State Albright, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Rockefeller, Senators Kerry, Kennedy, Byrd and Clinton and others all agreed that Iraq not only possessed WMD but also constituted a grave threat to our national security.

Perhaps the president did act on incomplete or faulty intelligence data; nevertheless, he did not lack for company in to support his actions as the western powers as well as prominent members of both parties concurred in those beliefs. Most of us have long since given up any hope or thought that those of the left might consider the preponderance of the evidence available along with the long period that Saddam did not permit inspectors in Iraq as prima facie evidence that he did in fact possess the weapons and that he had the time and the opportunity to move them out of country.

Apparently not satisfied with rehashing Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and other personal opinions, McClellan turned on the media for being “too soft” on the administration (perhaps he did not have access to the New York Times, MSNBC etc.) and against the vice president and the White House staff. I dislike further dignifying the allegations of a failed and fired staffer; however, the criticism of Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney over the “outing” of CIA employee Valerie Plame, attacks reiterated further in national and local media, is absurd.

Ms. Plame was not, as is falsely asserted, a covert CIA operative, having been absent from the field for a period of six-years, her employment as an agency analyst was well known in Washington and her identity as such was made public not by Karl Rove but by her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson in his biography in Who’s Who in America.

Divulging the identity of a CIA agent is a crime only if the person(s) who does so knows the agent is covert and reveals same with malicious intent. In the case of Ms. Plame, a mere analyst, the crime did not exist and consequently none was charged by special prosecutor Peter Fitzgerald. Further, it is difficult to fathom why so many media personalities contend with blind conviction that Karl Rove leaked her identity to columnist Robert Novak when it is common knowledge that the culprit was Richard Armitage, deputy secretary of state . Surely if Rove was culpable, a U.S. attorney of the caliber of Fitzgerald would have so determined after subjecting him to five appearances before the grand jury.

When one considers the Democratic leadership has never forgiven President Bush for not surrendering the 2000 election to former Vice President Gore even after the Supreme Court decided by a 7 to 2 vote that the Florida Supreme Court violated its state Constitution in ordering a recount and despite the subsequent recounts by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Miami Herald et al, showing that Bush received the most Florida votes, their paranoia is complete. Simply repeat the phrase “Selected not elected” often enough and loudly enough and it is accepted as gospel by the faithful

Nearly eight years have elapsed along with two presidential and four congressional elections since the year 2000. Would it not be both advisable and prescient to set aside the utterly mindless hatred, cease the name calling and quit the futile calls for impeachment and at least try to propel the wheels of government in the same direction for a change?

Admittedly, we Conservatives will not jump for joy should the Democrats sweep both Houses of Congress and the presidency — neither will we threaten to leave the country, declare the election a fraud nor seek psychiatric counsel — we will cope.

J. Karl Miller of Columbia retired as a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. E-mail him at

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