The Good of the Country
The smear campaign against former U.S. Ambassador Joe Wilson has gone into overdrive since last week's revelations about Karl Rove's involvement. Wednesday, the Statesman
published two letters that closely followed the talking points designed to discredit Wilson that have been circulated by the Republican National Committee.
A group of 11 former intelligence officials has now released a letter (pdf)
to the Congressional leadership calling the disclosure of Valerie Palme's name "a shameful event" that "may have damaged U.S. national security and [that] poses a threat to the ability of U.S. intelligence gathering using human sources." They also call on Congress to speak with "a single non-partisan voice on this issue." They then close with "For the good of our country, we ask you to please stand up for every man and woman who works for the U.S. intelligence community."
Unfortunately, the good of the country seems to be the last thing that the Administration and its supporters are thinking of.