THE PLAME AFFAIR:
Fair game - Updated
George W. “Dubya” Bush seems to have used a lie as a pretext to invade Iraq. This lie, concocted by either him, Dick Cheney or any of the stooges in his immediate entourage, wanted to make everyone believe that Saddam Hussein, Iraq's dictator/leader, was stockpiling yellowcake uranium and had built weapons of mass destruction (WMD) with it. Hussein was hung for his troubles, with the words “What, me WMD?” probably still floating in a little cloud over his head as the trap was sprung.
Valerie Plame was a CIA agent, working covertly under non-official cover (NOC), a most dangerous occupation. Because her husband, a diplomat, revealed that the whole yellowcake story was a lie, the Bush administration exacted revenge on his wife. Valerie Plame was burnt by her employers. Yes, you read that right : the US government exposed one of its own secret service agents under NOC for all the world to see, just for spite!
“She immediately started jotting down a checklist of things she needed to do to limit the damage to people she knew and to projects she was working on.”
“It has been, as Gen. William Odom suggested, the greatest strategic blunder in the history of our country.”
- Joseph C. Wilson IV, Los Angeles Times
We strongly recommend reading her husband Joseph C. Wilson's article, titled “Our 27 months of hell”, for more information on these shameful events and their consequences on the couple, on other people involved and the USA (link in references).
A stooge named Scooter Libby (an incredibly apt name, that) took the bullet for the administration and was found guilty on four counts. His sentence was commuted by Bush and then, of course, he was subsequently pardoned by Trump.
Carry on. Nothing to see here.
The couple consequently sued the government for this egregious act of internal treason and revenge, but it seems like the Bush government could pull just about any dirty deed imaginable without any consequences, because the case was thrown out by some judge who was, of course, a Bush appointee and seemed to be the Bush administration's go-to judge in all and sundry matters. Bush was then free to go on to new heights of sterling acts of leadership, like ignoring the devastation brought on by hurricane Katrina and painting a picture of his toes in the bath tub.
Carry on. Still nothing to see here. Of course.
According to The Daily Caller, Valerie Plame told The New York Times about how female spies were misrepresented :
“They always tend to be cardboard characters, with heavy reliance on physicality. Of course the job has a lot of glamor (sic). But it really is about being smarter than your average bear. Your mind is your best weapon. It’s great when you’re a good shot with an AK-47, but it’s about being clever.”
Clever. Plame has earned two master's degrees, one from the London School of Economics and Political Science and one from the College of Europe (Collège d'Europe), in Bruges, Belgium. In addition to English, she speaks French, German, and Greek.
But there's good news! Hollywood made a movie starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn called, you guessed it, Fair Game about her and her husband's adventures that garnered a 79% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Not bad at all by their standards.
The good news is also that Valerie Plame Wilson has written the novel, titled Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, of which the movie is an adaptation, and she is now writing very interesting and well rated spy fiction novels that you can now find at your friendly neighborhood librarian, or Amazon.
In August 2017, Valerie Plame Wilson attempted to have U.S. President Donald Trump kicked off Twitter, arguing that Donald Trump 'emboldens white supremacists' and encourages 'violence against journalists'. To no avail, of course, but good try!
Tonight, this writer will raise his glass to a strong, smart, courageous woman who, along with her husband, has gamely dealt with injustice of the very highest order.
Would you like to know more?
Fair Game Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Movie Tie-In: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House
The Politics of Truth: A Diplomat's Memoir: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity