Raising A Zombie

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When necromancy is performed, the Baron Samedi is invoked in a cemetery. Three people must be present. They dress the cross on the grave with Baron Samedi's traditional clothes, and burn incense and herbs. Then they request his help. They know the Baron has arrived when the clothes on the cross flap as if disturbed by wind. Some actually claim to see him – a tall black man with white beard and eyeless sockets in his head, though he can see very well.

The participants ask the corpse various questions. If it answers them, the corpse is rewarded by a limited time as a zombie. The zombie acts as the servant of the people who raised him, and performs tasks for them.

(Encyclopedia Mythica)

Jeff Greenfield does his very best to keep the Plame flap alive despite the stake driven through the heart of the allegations by the revelation the Richard Armitage made was the original source – and he did it inadvertently.

This week numerous news organizations, including CNN, have identified former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage as the original source for Robert Novak's column that identified Valerie Plame as a CIA operative.

According to CNN's sources, Armitage revealed Plame's identity inadvertently to Novak, who then confirmed Plame's identity with White House adviser Karl Rove.

It's a twist that has many on the Right saying, "we told you so" and some on the Left saying "not so fast."

The controversy began in July 2003, when former career diplomat Joseph Wilson wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times, debunking a key assertion by President Bush about Saddam's intentions.

In his 2003 State of the Union address, Bush had said: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."

In his op-ed, Wilson wrote that he had been dispatched to Niger in 2002 by the CIA, and found no evidence of such an effort.

A week later, a column by Novak revealed that Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA employee. The point of the disclosure, apparently, was to suggest that Wilson's tip had been a nepotistic favor.

Notice that Greenfield repeats Wilson's canard despite the fact that investigations both here and in Britain have proven – conclusively – that Wilson did not tell the truth in his op-ed. So we're right back with false allegations about non-events. Notice the desperate attempt to spin this all back up. Like a mad gerbil on an exercise wheel, the rpms increase along with the squeaking noises.

Paging Baron Samedi.

UPDATE: Clarice Feldman has a bit more on just how wrong Wilson may have been. (Link relayed via Larwyn).

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