I’ve been suggesting that one of the stories within a story that will play out as we dig into the CIA leak scandal is the ongoing, but often silent, rift between the administration and many in the CIA. I also think the positioning of Valerie Plame’s CIA role will be paramount.
Here’s former CIA agent Jim Marcinkowski bringing those two topics together:
What has suffered irreversible damage is the credibility of our case officers when they try to convince an overseas contact that their safety is of primary importance to us. Each time the political machine made up of prime-time patriots and partisan ninnies display their ignorance by deriding Valerie Plame as a mere paper pusher or belittling the varying degrees of cover used to protect our officers or continuing to play partisan politics with our national security, it’s a disservice to this country.
Let me make this clear. I get tired of the Dems complaining that Rove and Co play too rough. The idea is to outsmart the other side and to do a better job of messaging.
But this is not politics as usual or just another tough political tactic.
This is an administration that attacked the patriotism of those who have fought in wars while leaking the name of a CIA official working keeping WMD out of the country in an effort to pave the way for other potential future victims of partisan attacks to spend a few years in harm’s way.
That’s a big deal.