First, some background.
The Valerie Plame affair during the Bush Administration is one of the most mendacious, destructive and bad-faith episodes in the history of the Democratic Party. Plame, a Democrat who worked a desk job at the CIA, arranged for her husband, former diplomat Joe Wilson, to go to Nigeria to investigate whether Saddam Hussein had sought to purchase "yellow cake" from that country. Yellow cake is a concentrate of uranium needed for producing atomic weapons. Wilson at first reported that Saddam Hussein did attempt the purchase. He later changed his story claiming that his investigation revealed the opposite. His change was apparently for political reasons only -- to further undermine Bush on the "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq as a reason for going to war. The Post editorial explains:
The movie portrays Mr. Wilson as a whistle-blower who debunked a Bush administration claim that Iraq had tried to purchase uranium from the African country of Niger. In fact, an investigation by the Senate intelligence committee found that Mr. Wilson's reporting did not affect the intelligence community's view on the matter, and an official British investigation found that President George W. Bush's statement in a State of the Union address that Britain believed that Iraq had sought uranium in Niger was well-founded.After that, someone in the State Department inadvertantly leaked Valerie Plame's identity to the media, i.e. had identified her as a CIA agent. Plame claimed her undercover identity had been exposed, on purpose by the Bush Administration, to punish her for Wilson for refuting Bush's claim that Hussein had sought to buy Yellow Cake from Nigeria. (Actually, Bush only repeated what British intelligence had said about the Yellow Cake.)
A great public clamor was then created: did Bush "out" Valerie Plame as a secret CIA agent? Did he do so to punish her for her husband's (politically-motivated) statements about the Yellow Cake? The answer to these questions is, no, Bush did no such thing. It was just another false controversy manufactured by the Democratic Party who views all political opponents as mortal enemies to be destroyed, by any means possible. The Post editorial states:
"Fair Game" also resells the couple's story that Ms. Plame's exposure was the result of a White House conspiracy. A lengthy and wasteful investigation by a special prosecutor found no such conspiracy - but it did confirm that the prime source of a newspaper column identifying Ms. Plame was a State Department official, not a White House political operative.The Post's editorial confirms what we on the right have known for some time: that the Wilsons are self-promoting liars with no shred of personal integrity whatsoever. They are the most extreme form of narcissistic leftists who would sacrifice anyone or anything in furtherance of their political agenda, personal notoriety and self-promotion. The Post sums it up:
Hollywood has a habit of making movies about historical events without regard for the truth; "Fair Game" is just one more example. But the film's reception illustrates a more troubling trend of political debates in Washington in which established facts are willfully ignored.Read it all here.