Friday, September 01, 2006

Compare and Contrast

Final paragraph from today's editorial in the Washington Post; a well-regarded paper whose editorial page has typically been hostile to the Bush Administration (emphasis mine):

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

Final paragraph from today's editorial in the Star Tribune; a lowly-regarded, Pulitzerless paper that has been hysterically hostile to the Bush administration, anyone to the right of Fidel Castro and common sense everywhere (emphasis mine):

Wilson may be a showboat, but he is also an experienced African hand who was sent on a legitimate mission by the CIA (not by his wife), and convincingly disproved the Niger-Iraq uranium stories central to the Bush case for war -- stories Bush used long after he had reason to know they were false. For that, the White House tried to smear him, and it used liberally the opening provided inadvertently by Armitage. Libby apparently lied about the effort and got caught. The others may not have broken federal law, but they certainly showed, if anyone needed further proof, how low they will stoop to smear a critic rather than argue an issue on its merits.

Discuss.

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