The Politics of Truth: A Diplomat's Memoir: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity
by Joseph Wilson,
published May 2004
One of the obvious highlights of his career, according to the short biography on the back cover flap, was the "Ron Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling" that he received in October 2003. Yet by early 2004, when Wilson was everywhere promoting his book about "truth", almost everything he wrote in the book was proven to be wrong or outright lies by the 9/11 Commission.
Although the book continues with Wilson's absurd contention that someone in the Bush Administration 'outed' his wife as payback, the real crime is, if there is one, that CIA operative Valerie Plame, successfully sought an appointment for her husband as head of the delegation to Niger. If someone did, in fact, out Ms. Plame to newsman Robert Novak, that person should be eligible for whistleblower protection for having exposed the nepotism and spoils system at the CIA. Joe Wilson should never have been appointed for the mission to Niger in the first place, as he had NO experience in investigations nor in uranium.
"Were they suggesting that my wife had somehow influenced a decision to send me ...? Were they implying that this had been nepotism, or some kind of a junket? Apart from being the conduit of a message from a colleague in her office ... Valerie had had nothing to do with the matter. She definitely had not proposed that I make the trip." (page 5 of "The Politics of Truth")The award winning "Truth-Teller" writes that his wife did not get him the job, however, an e-mail entered into the 9/11 Report shows otherwise. In fact, the bipartisan 9/11 commission found that Wilson lied at least three times: he lied about his wife's role in sending him, he lied about his findings which actually strengthened the case that Iraq tried to obtain yellowcake, as did other nations, and he claimed knowledge of forged documents purporting to show an Iraq-Niger uranium deal, yet, those documents never reached U.S. intelligence until eight months after his trip.
When columnist Robert Novak named Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, to be a CIA operative, Joseph Wilson jumped to accusations that it was Karl Rove who unlawfully leaked the information, and Wilson made a famous remark about seeing Rove "frog marched" out of the White House. Wilson later retracted that slur, as he had no evidence. In The Politics of Truth, he found new culprits to blame. Once again without evidence, he fingers Dick Cheney's chief-of-staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby and national security aide Eliot Abrams. Karl Rove is no longer in the running. Too bad, all the moonbats on the left, including Lawrence O'Donnell, have not read Wilson's book, as they are continuing to expect to see Rove brought down as the leaker.
Ambassador Joseph Wilson, award winning truth-teller, lied to us all. At a time of war, he misrepresented important facts to the American people. Revelations by the British government, The Financial Times, the 9-11 Committee, the 9-11 Senate Report and The Washington POST, have exposed Mr. Wilson's "facts" into serious question. Iraq was trying to get yellowcake uranium and the Nigerians even told Wilson that when he went there, at government expense, to "investigate."
Did Wilson lie solely to undercut President Bush for not having appointed him to a high administration position? We can only speculate on the real reason that Wilson lied about everything, but we can be sure that, whatever it was, it was a totally self-serving reason.
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