It is absolutely amusing listening to Administration critics ranting about the ham-handed effort of White House officials to discredit a dishonest critic. Hillary Clinton thinks they were trying to “stifle dissent” while others claim they were trying to “smear” that disingenuous man (Joe Wilson) by telling the truth to reporters to rebut the distorted information he provided to the New York Times, both in comments to a columnist for that paper and in a piece he penned on his own.
Just yesterday that deceitful Democrat testified before the House Judiciary Committee (Via Ben Johnson via Instapundit). Doesn’t seem his ability to “dissent” has been stifled even as the accusations he made against the Bush Administration have been discredited (and here). Imagine if a Republican partisan, after his criticisms of a Democratic president had been shown to be false, being invited to testify before a congressional committee. The MSM would be in an uproar, but they seem to have uttered barely a peep at Mr. Wilson’s appearance yesterday.
In that appearance, he continued to blather on about “the deliberate deceptions” he still claims he disclosed, even as the Senate Intelligence Committee has long since made clear that he did no such thing.
Now this man, like so many on the left, is accusing the President of being involved in an “unseemly smear campaign.”
OK, where’s the smear?
While White House officials may have behaved in a clumsy manner in trying to make known the facts to counter Mr. Wilson’s deceptions, they did not provide false or misleading information.
Look, it’s one thing to criticize the president for his policies, but it’s quite another to distort the truth to allege his policies were criminal or his own actions had malicious intent. It’s a truly sad when dishonest men are invited to testify before a congressional committee and level false accusations against the president of the United States, particularly when those claims have long since been discredited.
I don’t know why the left remains so obsessed with accusing this Administration of practices (dishonesty and smear tactics) which seemed to be staples of the previous Administration. There are ample grounds to criticize President Bush and his team. Dishonesty and Smear Tactics, however, are not among them.
UPDATE (from GPW): Just realized that I had posted a piece with the exact same title nearly a year ago — on this very subject. Despite numerous revelations of his many deceptions, Mr. Wilson continues to spout the same silly nostrums which gained him fame (and perhaps fortune), but hopefully to an ever-shrinking audience.