The Democrats behind the Valerie Plame/Scooter Libby case have taken a page right out of the old Clinton playbook. In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if one were to scratch the surface and find all of the old Clinton advisors from the 90's running the show, if not the Clintons themselves.
How many times have we seen this pattern?
1) Get caught in questionable and/or unethical (if not downright illegal) activities.
2) Attack those who had the temerity to call you on those activities.
3) Use your cronies in the MSM to spin everything away from you and toward your opponents by endless repetition of half-truths and outright lies.
That is exactly what happened here: Joe Wilson, Valerie Plame and their backers got caught lying and playing embarassing political games, so they attacked those who dared to question them.
No matter how complicated anyone wants to make it, that is the story. It's simple, and we've seen it time and time again.
Ms. Plame, who called the British report of Sadaam Hussein trying to buy yellow cake from Niger "crazy", sent her husband, Joe Wilson, to Niger to confirm her preordained conclusion.
Joe Wilson then lied and said that the Vice President sent him. Whether he meant Dick Cheney himself or the Office of the Vice President is immaterial. Valerie Plame had no business sending her husband. If a Republican had pulled a stunt like that, the cries of "conflict of interest!" from the Left would make your ears bleed.
And do you believe that this "CIA operative" could find no one more qualified?
Hell, she could have just asked someone at one of her Georgetown cocktail parties. Everyone knew that she was a CIA agent anyway, so she wouldn't have had to worry about blowing her cover.