Daily Kos: Richard Cohen, Idiot

Richard Cohen, Idiot
by kos
Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 11:39:32 AM CDT

Yeah, still an idiot.

In today's Washington Post, Richard Cohen provides this "clarification" to his October 13 column:

A number of readers, some of them formerly of the CIA, got the impression from my last column that I don't consider the outing of a covert employee a serious matter. I do.

How did anyone get that idea? From Cohen's 10/13 column:

The alleged crime involves the outing of Valerie Plame, a CIA operative... Not nice, but it was what Washington does day in and day out...This is rarely considered a crime.

Lame. Cohen's "clarification" was appended to the bottom of his latest column on an unrelated matter. The terseness betrays the fact that his original column was an opus to his belief that outing a CIA agent was no big deal. It was, at worst, "not nice". As if threatening American national security and putting lives in danger is "not nice". To Cohen, Osama Bin Laden is apparently "not nice". The Taliban? "Not nice". Ghengis Khan? "Not nice".

Cohen demanded Fitzgerald leave the cozy confines of D.C. immediately, lest the special prosecutor actually hold people accountable for this breach of national security. He said everyone did it. He said it was "rarely considered a crime". And now, suddenly, in his terse "clarification", he pretends that outing an undercover CIA agent is a serious matter? Like I said, lame.

For a good look at why outing a NOC matters, see this.

Daily Kos: Richard Cohen, Idiot


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