We can be pleased that a movie has been made that exposes how the Cabal's Bush-puppet junta criminally outed an undercover CIA agent. The movie reveals how the cabal lied to the American people, started a war to reap huge oil profits for its top members, and reconfigured the Middle East as part of its military imperialist machinations.
The movie tells the personal story of former CIA agent Valerie Plame and her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson, how she paid the price--losing her cover, job, home and nearly her marriage--when Wilson publicly challenged the Bush administration's reasons for going to war with Iraq in 2003. The movie script follows fairly closely the facts as presented in Plame's memoirs, Fair Game.
Wilson was hired by the CIA to discover whether there was indeed undercover trade in yellowcake uranium going on between Niger and Iraq. At the request of the CIA, operative Valerie Plame had recommended her husband, former U.S. ambassador to Gabon, a career diplomat for twenty-two years, well schooled in African culture and politics.
Wilson visited Niger and researched it at least as thoroughly as had Hans Blix and the U.N., toured Iraq in search of WMD, even into Sadam's personal bedroom bureau, and found not a trace. Wilson then wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times picking apart the Bush administration's argument that Saddam Hussein was building a nuclear weapon. Wilson's op-ed gave the lie to Bush's "sixteen words" about yellow cake in his 2003 State of the Union speech.
In retaliation, Vice President Cheney, Karl Rove, and Cheney's assistant, Scooter Libby, decided to teach Plame and Wilson a lesson they wouldn't forget: mess with us and your lives are in jeopardy and your careers are ruined!
The treasonous trio first leaked to political columnist Robert Novak that Plame was a CIA agent. Totally unprincipled, Novak published the news, criminally outing an active CIA agent.
Then Cheney and Rove cranked up the right-wing smear machine, various White House officials and reactionary Fox-News pundits: slanderous statements were made about Valerie Plame's role at the CIA. The propagandists claimed that she was "just a secretary," or a "low-level internal CIA paper-pusher," and slanders implying that she was a "marginal CIA agent with questionable capabilities."
The truth was that Valerie Plme had been a very capable and successful agent for eighteen years, with responsibility for running covert, secret operations all over the globe. After her outing as an agent, many individuals involved in those covert operations were either killed or just disappeared and haven't been seen or heard of since.
Director Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity") decided the movie should focus on how the outing and smear by the White House affectd Plame and Wilson's marriage--instead of concentrating as much on the treason that had been perpetrated by Dubya, Cheney, Rove, Libby, and a cast of thousands.
So the movie is primarily about how the Plame-Wilson marriage was finally able to withstand external and personal stress. "At the heart of the story is an extraordinary situation in which a couple is put under phenomenal pressure by the government--she wanted to keep it all secret and he was a whistle-blower who would speak the truth whatever the cost," says Jeremy Butterworth, who co-wrote the script with his brother John-Henry.
The movie, therefore, doesn't focus as much as I think it should on the the Cabal-puppet Bush junta starting an unnecessary war that killed millions of Iraqis, tens of thousands of American and Allied soldiers, left millions homeless, and is still costing American tax payers trillions of dollars. The only obvious beneficiaries of this invasion and occupation were Cabal-capitalist oil corporations nailing down Iraqi oil leases.
If the depiction of Valeria Plame in the movie is accurate, then it proves, at least, that she was not a knee-jerk liberal with a desire to betray her allegiance to the CIA at the first sign of personal distress. The fact that she had to overcome her reluctance to go against the government and sue the perpetrators of the treasonous outing reveals that she was a person who had genuine principles.
We can take hope from the fact that this movie was made at a time when the capitalist cabal has seized almost all reins of power. The movie should outrage all decent people, moving them to work against this capitalist gang of thugs who've seized economic and political power throughout the world.
"For all of this to have happened, and for all of the instigators of these illegal activities to still be walking around free and not under any federal investigation . . . this is just more proof that this so-called 'democratic republic' of ours is becoming a 3rd world nation. Instead of this being a country by and for; 'We the people . . .', this nation is instead, now being run by the power and the wealth of the top 1% of corporate America." 1
At the end of the movie, Joe Wilson is speaking to a group of college students. He makes the point that they know the name of his wife (Valerie Plame) but they don't remember the sixteen words that President George W. Bush used in his State of the Union Address when he deliberately lied to the American people about Iraq buying yellowcake uranium from Niger. Wilson's point was that the treasonous outing of a CIA agent by a corrupt government and the conviction and incarceration of Scooter Libby for treason, is much more important for Americans to be aware of than what happened to him and his wife.
Liman should have stayed with that theme and focused more on the treason perpetrated by the Bush II administration--and less on the plight of the Plame-Wilson marriage--since that is the real story of this episode in American history.
1 From a movie review by G. Ater in American Chronicle, 11/22/2010
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