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Pot (Rove) calls the kettle (NYTimes) black

In what is simultaneously the height of irony and hypocrisy, Karl Rove is attacking the NY Times for an article in which it named a CIA agent who was involved in the interrogation of terrorist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. Recall that Karl Rove played a central role in the outing of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame as punishment because during the run-up to the Iraq war her husband Joe Wilson pointed out that many of the administration’s claims about Iraq’s WMDs were false.

The NY Times defends their article by pointing out that the agent in question has never been a covert agent, and that CIA agent’s names involved in such interrogations have been mentioned in other articles and even books. Also interesting was the fact that the article was praising the agent, because he refused to use harsh techniques (like waterboarding) and instead developed a rapport with the terrorist which likely provided more and better information than harsh techniques.

But that didn’t stop Rove from going on the offensive for something for which he is far more guilty. It it hard to imagine why he isn’t in jail.