More “slime and defend”

Latest GOP line on Valerie Plame:

Now that Joseph Wilson has endorsed Kerry for President, any crime that might have been committed by revealing his wife’s identity as a covert agent is retroactively made innocent.

Yeah, I know that logic is hard to follow, but see if you can extract anything else from Senator John Cronyn’s comments quoted — without, of course, any comment or response — in this Washington Times story.

The Times, pushing its theme that any discussion of possible national-security felonies committed by top White House officials must be just a Democratic plot, also conveniently omits mentioning that Cannistraro and two colleages had testified in a closed hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee. And of course it omits any mention of what the three CIA veterans actually said at the open meeting, including Cannistraro’s shocking accusation that Valerie Plame’s identity was leaked as a demonsration of the White House’s hostility and contempt for the CIA and the people who work there.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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