Timing is everything in elections. When reviewing the findings of Prosecutor’s Fitzgerald’s investigation into the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame one of the significant conclusions that pops out is the time line. The outing of Plame came in a Robert Novak column of July 14, 2003.
The repercussions of the Wilson stories, on that lack of WMD uranium in Africa, triggered discussion and arguments about the reasons for war put forth by the administration. Because of this it became imperative to the damage control people in the Bush Cheney Campaign that Wilson, at all costs, be discredited and silenced as soon as possible. It can be argued that Bush Cheney determined that outing Plame would work to this end by silencing Wilson and others who wanted the truth to be known about misrepresentation of the facts in the run up to war.
It must have been reasoned within the Bush campaign that any findings of an investigation of the breach of national security by the illegal disclosure of Plame’s identity, that was sure to come, would have to be delayed till after November 2004. When Bush subsequently, would be narrowly elected to a second term. It is interesting to look at Prosecutor Fitzgerald’s comments from the press conference.
QUESTION: “In the end, was it worth keeping Judy Miller in jail for 85 days in this case? And can you say how important her testimony was in producing this indictment?FITZGERALD: Let me just say this: No one wanted to have a dispute with the New York Times or anyone else. We can't talk generally about witnesses. There's much said in the public record.
FITZGERALD: I would have wished nothing better that, when the subpoenas were issued in August 2004, witnesses testified then, and we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005. No one (Miller) would have went to jail.”
One has to think that if the American People had known what they know now prior to the November 2004 presidential election, George Bush would not have been elected.
It is significant, in retrospect, that Judith Miller of the New York Times by refusing to name the source of her information for the NYT story, about covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, delayed the investigation. She contested it all the way to the Supreme Court and subsequently spent 90 days in jail for contempt of court. She also claims she needed to be released from her obligation to withhold her source, now known to be Libby, before she was willing to testify. So Libby ultimately has control over the timing of any potential damaging testimony.
Her published collusions in the NYT and special treatment by the White House, which a number of recent news stories have alleged, certainly call into questions her motives for writing what she did in the NYT during a period just prior to the war. The stories seemed to supported administration justification for going to war. It’s a strong indication that she was in bed with the administration all along or, at the very least, being manipulated by them to get favorable stories published in the NYT about the reason the United States should go to war.
This and the indicted perjury and obstructing of “Scooter Libby”, White House aid to Bush and Cheney, ultimately delayed the findings of the investigation until last week. Had the revelations of investigation been known prior to the election it is easy to see that it probably would of change enough votes in key states to give the election to John Kerry. The war and reasons for going to war cover up, and lying about it, would have been a major consideration of most voters. Approximately 100,000 votes in Ohio and 6000 votes in New Mexico would of made those states blue.
Ambassador Joe Wilson’s revelations where seen by the Bush Cheney operatives as a ticking time bomb in the run up to the election should they be allowed to go unchallenged. Wilson’s accusations have led today to obvious conclusion that the Bush administration had contrived many of the main reasons to justify the war with Iraq.
Bush, Cheney, Libby, Rove and Miller stonewalling, obstructing and phony first amendment rights theatrics eventually succeeded, keeping the damaging information under wraps so it could not hurt them in November 2004. In the perverted world of political ethics, that is the Bush administration, the damage control strategy, it turns out, was well worth the risk of any legal problems administration officials face today. It gave them a second term in office.