In an unsigned editorial in today's Washington Post, the latest storm and fury about the President "leaking" material is addressed pretty well. Although calling the handling of the leak clumsy, they also note that it was done for good reasons. All the revisionist, 20/20 hindsight aside, it was the strongest evidence the administration had at the time. They also point out that much of what Bush's fiercest critics believe is simply wrong. Joseph Wilson is a liar, and they call him on it.
The affair concerns, once again, former ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV and his absurdly over-examined visit to the African country of Niger in 2002. Each time the case surfaces, opponents of the war in Iraq use it to raise a different set of charges, so it's worth recalling the previous iterations. Mr. Wilson originally claimed in a 2003 New York Times op-ed and in conversations with numerous reporters that he had debunked a report that Iraq was seeking to purchase uranium from Niger and that Mr. Bush's subsequent inclusion of that allegation in his State of the Union address showed that he had deliberately "twisted" intelligence "to exaggerate the Iraq threat." The material that Mr. Bush ordered declassified established, as have several subsequent investigations, that Mr. Wilson was the one guilty of twisting the truth. In fact, his report supported the conclusion that Iraq had sought uranium. (Emphasis added)
As Mr. Fitzgerald pointed out at the time of Mr. Libby's indictment last fall, none of this is particularly relevant to the question of whether the grounds for war in Iraq were sound or bogus. It's unfortunate that those who seek to prove the latter would now claim that Mr. Bush did something wrong by releasing for public review some of the intelligence he used in making his most momentous decision.
This is, I think, enough for reasonable people to let this matter go. Though I rather doubt a lot of people will.
UPDATE: Captain Ed has some interesting information up about this as well.
UPDATE: Gateway Pundit has an astonishingly complete roundup of Joe Wilson's lies. There's a lot of links there, folks.
UPDATE: Christopher Hitchens, obviously no fan of the Bush administration (since he's, like, suing it) has put out an article that demolishes the "Bush Lied" meme about Niger and Iraq's attempt to buy uranium. Joe Wilson looks worse and worse. I would suspect that the left would be better served to kick Wilson and his bull to the curb than to keep trying to ride this horse. I have to say, I admire a man so principled that he will defend someone he is taking legal action against when the other party is being wrongfully accused. Kudos. Mr. Hitchens.