WASHINGTON - This was the last day of work at the C-I-A for the officer whose exposure led to a criminal investigation in the Bush White House.Two people who have known Valerie Plame for years say today was her last day with the C-I-A. Neither the agency nor Plame's husband has confirmed that. Plame is married to Bush administration critic and former U-S Ambassador Joseph Wilson.
Plame had served for years at overseas jobs. Her employment was classified until disclosed by conservative columnist Robert Novak. The investigation that followed led to the indictment of Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, Lewis Libby.
Amazed is how I still feel about all the hubbub made over this woman. A woman who was essentially nothing but a highly paid receptionist for the country's intelligence agency. That said, regardless if anyone really "outed" Valerie Plame, who cares? She did nothing for the CIA anyway, thereby negating any "secret agent" status or any lawbreaking or otherwise on the part of Karl Rove or any of his associates. In between answering phones she even spent a fair amount of time referring to Ambassador Joe Wilson, as "Clown Wilson" and the fact that her "cover" has long been blown did nothing to endanger our nation's security. Yet, for the Left, Plame is just another example of how desperate they are to hurt George W. Bush. And for what? Because an intern nearly brought down Clinton, they gotta get even by using a receptionist to bring down Bush?
The reality is that Valerie Plame has been used. She's been nothing but a smokescreen for the insane hatred the Left has for our President. And what did they get for all their trouble? The Vice President's chief-of-staff?
In fact, if Marc Rich can be pardoned so too should "Scooter" Libby, that's if he's actually found guilty of anything which he shouldn't be. In truth, the hope here is that now that Valerie Plame is finally quitting her highly-paid receptionist job, maybe, just maybe she'll see the light. Maybe she'll see that her husband, a liar, a con artist, a media hog and a longtime Bush antagonist, used her just as much as the Left has. Then too, if she's smart like Hillary maybe she'll score some cash with a book deal talking about all her "troubles", but go away never to be heard from again.
Now that would be nice.