Reporting on the administration’s bungle that blew the cover of the CIA’s Afghanistan station chief, Paul Richter of the Los Angeles Times does a little egregious falsifying of the historical record. The objective, apparently, was to remind readers of how nasty the Bush administration was by comparison. Obama, you see, might be inept. But Bush … well, he was evil.
So, one reads that:
In 2003, another CIA operative, Valerie Plame, was publicly identified by I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, in an apparent attempt to discredit her husband, who had publicly raised questions about the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq. Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, but his sentence was commuted by President Bush.
It wasn’t Libby, though. And the guy who did slip the information to a journalist was an opponent of the war. And it was actually more a bungle than anything else.
But anything to buff up the image of the present administration.
*The LAT did publish a correction. But, then, how could it not have.