In One Eye
Sunday, July 17, 2005
The way the blogosphere is working these days is this: Bloggers agonize over the issue of the day in their little feifdoms throughout the week, and then Frank Rich synthesizes everything better than anyone could ever hope to. Again, today, Mr. Rich doesn't disappoint.
[The Rove/Plame] case is about Iraq, not Niger. The real victims are the American people, not the Wilsons. The real culprit - the big enchilada, to borrow a 1973 John Ehrlichman phrase from the Nixon tapes - is not Mr. Rove but the gang that sent American sons and daughters to war on trumped-up grounds and in so doing diverted finite resources, human and otherwise, from fighting the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11. That's why the stakes are so high: this scandal is about the unmasking of an ill-conceived war, not the unmasking of a C.I.A. operative who posed for Vanity Fair.Meanwhile, governors are finding that they don't have a lot of armed forces within their states.
The nation's governors voiced sharp worries Saturday for the National Guard troops they share with the federal government, saying changes caused by the huge demands of the war in Iraq need more examination ...While many Republican governors are tiptoeing around this issue, at least they've raised it. To be sure, overseas duty should not be within the purview of Guard and Reserve forces. Since it has become so, it's—not surprisingly—gotten much more difficult to recruit and retain people within those forces.
Or, to paraphrase Goldie Hawn in the deathless Private Benjamin: They did join the Guard, but they joined a different Guard. (For more on the heartbreak of overseas duty, take a look here.)