Hogan's Alley

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Other Shoe Drops On Judy Miller

The Times' website is reporting that the paper and reporter Judy Miller have, "reached and agreement." The agreement apparently provides for her retirement, a severance package and a public exchange of clarifying letters. The glee on the left side of the blogosphere can now begin. According to the current orthodoxy, Miller, in collusion with Scooter Libby, Rove and Cheney are entirely responsible for our entry into the war in Iraq. Her reporting, it is believed, misled her readers and allowed the White House conspirators to assert a WMD danger and rationale for action.

This currently PC view, of course, conveniently forgets the scores of Democrats who also asserted a WMD danger presumably based on their knowledge of US and foreign intelligence reports. It also forgets the larger rationale which posited that Saddam was a danger in more general terms and that the displacement of this dictator would sow positive seeds in the reason and send a message to others of his ilk. But let's not confuse the little dears.

It will be interesting to watch the reaction of hero worship for any reporters subpoenaed for printing any of the leaks of intelligence currently flowing from the CIA. Even if Miller's submission to hard time was questionable in its necessity, it was an act of moral bravery, now completely discarded as egoism.