When Treason is Fashionable . . .
Vol: 51 Issue: 26 Monday, December 26, 2005
Treason – n. 1. “Violation of allegiance toward one’s country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one’s country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies. 2. betrayal of trust or confidence.” (American Heritage Dictionary)
It wasn’t that long ago that the alleged outing of Valerie Plame was being trumpeted as one of the ‘greatest intelligence leaks of our time’ by such luminaries as Teddy Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, etc., ad nauseam.
Plame, you’ll recall, was named in a column by Bob Novak as an officer with the CIA. Her name surfaced as Novak was attempting to explain the answer to a nagging question.
Why would the Vice-President sent such a rabidly anti-administration partisan on an investigative mission to Niger? Especially after Wilson went on to carve out a new career out as the world’s leading expert on Niger’s secret yellowcake uranium trade with mad dictators.
Novak discovered the answer to the question was Valerie Plame, who wrote a memo to the CIA offering husband Joe’s services, (since Joe was a former ambassador somewhere, once).
Asked and answered. Plame used her position in the CIA to get Joe Wilson the assignment. Wilson’s subsequent campaign against the war effort so damaged the administration that it has yet to recover. Wilson and Plame were both subsequently dismissed by the 9/11 Commission as credible sources of information, but the damage lingers to this day.
Let’s consider some of that damage in context. If the administration has been dying a death of a thousand cuts, one of the deepest was the Plame-Wilson affair.
Plame wrote the memo that made the snowball. Joe Wilson started it down the hill, testifying that the administration lied to make its case for war against Iraq. He did so after the vice president denied Wilson’s statement that he went to Niger at Cheney’s request.
Pretty soon, the far Left started talking up the ‘Bush lied’ story, elevating Wilson to the status of infallibility, and carefully guarding the real reason he went to Niger.
The snowball continued to roll downhill, picking up a special prosecutor and eventually the Vice President’s chief of staff, Lewis Libby. The scandal so disempowered the VP’s office that Cheney, once the most powerful and active vice president in history, has been pushed back into the traditional role as national Master of Ceremonies.
America was split down the middle domestically, and overwhelmingly opposed internationally, as it prepared for war with Iraq.
America’s own leaders started showing up in Baghdad on the eve of war to condemn the administration, as did liberal Congressmen Jim McDermott and David Bonior.
As seen from inside a cave somewhere in Afghanistan, Saddam had all the allies. Bush had only enemies abroad, and only precarious support for the war at home. Saddam was doomed, but that left Iraq wide-open for the taking, if America could be pushed back out afterwards. Then Osama and his friends could move out of their caves into a nice palace somewhere in Baghdad.
Valerie Plame’s memo to her CIA superiors played a major role in the chain of events that so divided the country that the plan could actually work.
Following the Gulf War, the US promised to back an Iraqi insurrection. Iraqi rebels rose up against Saddam, but facing domestic opposition, the first Bush administration backed down and withdrew support.
It is estimated that two hundred thousand Iraqis were massacred.
Along comes another George Bush, with even less domestic support, asking them to trust that America won’t let them down again.
Osama’s guys are running around Iraq reminding them about the last time and warning them that if they don’t join the insurgency, then when America backs out this time, they will join their relatives in mass graves.
And every day, they are bombarded with American political propaganda telling them that America won’t stay the course, that it should abandon Iraq, that it isn’t America’s fight, and so forth.
The Bush administration had wrongly assumed that our forces would be met by throngs of grateful Iraqis throwing flowers. Bush’s OWN PEOPLE tell them that he is a liar, interested only in stealing their oil before abandoning them like his father did.
Then Bush asks them to put their lives on the line by trusting him.
Who would YOU believe, when betting wrong could get you lined up in front of a trench? Osama, the UN, the crowned heads of Europe, and almost half of the American political establishment?
Or George Bush?
The liberals are fond of reminding America that more of our forces have been killed since the declaration of the end of major combat operations than were killed defeating Saddam’s military machine.
Imagine, for a second, if Americans were fully behind the war effort. If the Iraqis hadn’t the slightest doubt of American resolve, would they have defied the terrorists and Ba’athist leaders among them and met us with flowers instead of bombs?
If there were no doubt that the terrorists and Ba’athist were CERTAIN to be defeated, would they still be able to recruit new fighters? If they had absolutely no hope of driving America out, would they still try?
How many Americans have died because the enemy believes they will win the war for Iraq if they can only hang on until the next US election?
Last week, the New York Times published classified information leaked to it about the NSA conducting warrantless wiretaps against suspected terrorists making phone calls into the US from abroad.
The White House said the leak seriously compromised US national security. Delighted, the New York Times published more leaked classified information in its Christmas Eve edition.
Citing current and former government officials the Times says were “granted anonymity because it remains classified” the report outlined almost the entire US spy operation, before admitting, deep in the body of the report, the obvious truth that, “because the program is highly classified, many details of how the NSA is conducting it remain unknown.”
The New York Times admitted — twice –that it was revealing leaked, classified military information that it knows is damaging to US national security.
The information is ‘classified’ to keep it out of enemy hands — the New York Times knows that, too. That’s why it “granted anonymity” to the leakers — to protect them from possible prosecution for treason.
Valerie Plame used her job at the CIA, then lied about it, to get Joe Wilson sent to Niger. Wilson used his appointment to smear the US government’s image and help divide the country over the war.
Yet Plame and Wilson are the darlings of the press. Plame, whose public identification may yet destroy the administration, graces magazine covers across the country. Joe Wilson is making a fat living off book royalties and speaking fees.
The New York Times has, twice in a week, published classified information critical to the successful prosecution of the war effort, for the express purpose of further weakening the nation and dividing the country — in the midst of a war.
It argues that the people’s ‘right to know’ details of secret intelligence operations trumps the government’s NEED to know details of secret ENEMY intelligence operations — if revealing those details might embarrass the administration.
The New York Times is feted as ‘America’s Newspaper of Record’ — a motto undoubtedly recited by enemy agents provocateur recruiting new terrorists when they turn to its pages as evidence of American malevolence.
By any reasonable understanding of the word ‘treason’ the New York Times editorial board, Wilson, Plame, about a third of the Congress and most of the Hollywood elite should be sitting in a federal lockup somewhere awaiting trial.
Instead, it is precisely those people charged with protecting America that are looking over their shoulders.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be . . . trucebreakers. . . false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. . .” (2nd Timothy 3:1-4)
2005 is the year that treason became fashionable. Calling a traitor a traitor makes one a ‘right-wing partisan.’ Calling for the impeachment of the president in the midst of wartime makes one a ‘patriot’ — or so those calling for Bush’s impeachment are styling themselves.
Protecting officials secretly undermining the government war effort by leaking classified information to the press makes on a champion of constitutional freedom and publishing those secrets is an exercise in journalistic impartiality.
On the other hand, protecting America by using whatever means necessary means fighting a two-front war.
As in any war, the most dangerous enemy is the one with the means to defeat you. That threat doesn’t come from al-Qaeda, or the Iraqi insurgency, or the global jihadists seeking our military destruction. It is much closer to home than that.
“And a man’s foes shall be those of his own household.” (Matthew 10:36)
A Personal Note:
I pray each of you had a warm and wonderful Christmas, surrounded by friends and loved ones and joy and cheer.
On Christmas, we remember the Promise to the world that was fulfilled in the Lord’s First Advent.
Today’s post-Christmas Omega Letter isn’t particularly cheerful, but it is another evidence of the coming fulfillment of His Promise to the Church.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:3)
As the world gets ready for 2006, prospects for peace and safety are not looking good. Please try and remember that what is bad news for the world is good news for the Church.
What looks like impending chaos is, for the Church, evidence that the Lord remains on His Throne. His Word continues to unfold before our eyes, with the same precision and attention to detail as it unfolded in a stable in Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago.
“And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.” (John 14:29)
It is coming to pass, just as He promised. I pray our Lord’s provision and protection over us all in the coming New Year. Until He comes.
Maybe 2006? Stay tuned.