Skip to comments.Robert Novak's Final Words on the Plame Case: "The Hell with You!"
Posted on 08/18/2009 12:55:46 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
NEW YORK A lengthy Q and A with the ailing columnist Robert Novak-- who died today at age 78-- appeared last November in the Washingtonian. At the end, Barbara Matusow got around to asking about the CIA leak case and outed spy Valerie Plame Wilson.
Novak replied: "From a personal point of view, I said in the book I probably should have ignored what Id been told about Mrs. Wilson.
"Now Im much less ambivalent. Id go full speed ahead because of the hateful and beastly way in which my left-wing critics in the press and Congress tried to make a political affair out of it and tried to ruin me. My response now is this: The hell with you. They didnt ruin me. I have my faith, my family, and a good life. A lot of people love meor like me.
"So they failed. I would do the same thing over again because I dont think I hurt Valerie Plame whatsoever."
"... I would do the same thing over again because I dont think I hurt Valerie Plame whatsoever."
Probably true. But George Bush wasn't much helped by it. Of course, Richard Armitage is the real smelly turd in the whole affair.
So long, Bob Novak. You had your moments...
CIA confirmed her employment there to him over the phone. If CIA gives you up to a reporter over the phone, you are not covert.
>> “So they failed. I would do the same thing over again because I dont think I hurt Valerie Plame whatsoever.”
Who cares about Plame. I do, however, care about Scooter Libby and the others in the Bush administration that Novak helped to screw by being a total self-serving prick during the whole affair.
Rest well, Mr. Novak. It’s appointed to every man once to die... and then the judgment. You don’t have to worry about what I, or anyone on earth, thinks about you any more. On the other hand...
>>>> Probably true. But George Bush wasn’t much helped by it. <<<<
George Bush was the President and would have had NO problem defending himself if he had chosen to do so.
Ever. Even once.
CIA confirmed her employment there to him over the phone.
...Hadn’t heard that
At the time, Bush was still in his first term and sort of trying to do the right thing.
>>>> Novak helped to screw by being a total self-serving prick during the whole affair. <<<<<
Novak was a solo columnist with only his personal resources and character to defend himself from a vicious and out-of-control (Bush-appointed) prosecutor.
The insinuation that the Bush White House was in even the minutest conceivable way “victimized” by little Bobby Novak is simply obscene.
I totally agree with you.
>>>> At the time, Bush was still in his first term and sort of trying to do the right thing. <<<<<
Ridiculous. How can you even *think* about making President George W. Bush the “victim” of Bob Novak.
So long, Bob Novak. You had your moments...
I think Cheney's upcoming book will do quite a bit to shed light on the subject.
Until then, rest in peace, Mr. Novak. Life is about more than politics.
Never happy to see anyone move on to the next realm. I just never really liked this guy on TV or in the paper. I am sure he was a decent man, just always seemed mean.
Just my two cents worth.
That’s your opinion (not fact, mind you, but opinion), and you’re certainly entitled to it.
I’m sticking to my opinion as well.
“They asked me not to use her name, but never indicated it would endanger her or anybody else. According to a confidential source at the CIA, Mrs. Wilson was an analyst, not a spy, not a covert operative and not in charge of undercover operators,” Novak said.
I've been trying to confirm whether he was or not. Do you have a link to backup your statement?
The Plame Case—— a dirty tarnishment of an otherwise fairly undistinguished and non-descript career. Robt Novak — he was what passed for a conservative in D.C.
Unfortunately, by not “defending” himself, nor his administration, he left Scooter Libby out to dry and didn’t even have the decency to absolve him on the way out of town, when nothing could have been done about it.
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