The long national nightmare is over

From the Washington Post:

…it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame’s CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming — falsely, as it turned out — that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush’s closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

From time to time, readers have asked me why I have never, not even once, posted about the Plame affair. This Washington Post summary explains why. I never regarded it as anything but a mild breeze in a tea pot, a partisan pissing match between the mindless cheerleaders of two political parties I hold in near-equal contempt. (It’s hard to decide which is worse, the evil idiocy of the Democrats or the self-deceiving moronics of the Republicans.)

I don’t know why this should surprise anyone. I understand that before finally settling on “Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare seriously toyed with titling the play “The Independent Prosecutor”.