damnum absque injuria

November 6, 2005

Larry Johnson: Lyin’ Joe Wilson Lied

Filed under:   by Xrlq @ 12:55 pm

Moonbat extraordinaire Larry Johnson, in a piece designed to prove that everyone in the world except Lyin’ Joe Wilson is a liar, ends up inadvertently confirming one of Lyin’ Joe’s principal lies as a lie. In this connexion, Lyin’ Larry write:

The Republicans insist on the lie that Val got her husband the job. She did not. She was not a division director, instead she was the equivalent of an Army major. Yes it is true she recommended her husband to do the job that needed to be done but the decision to send Joe Wilson on this mission was made by her bosses.
[Emphasis added.]

This would be a really dandy counter-argument if the Republicans had ever claimed that Valerie Wilson/Plame – can I call her “Val?” – made the final decision to send Lyin’ Joe to Niger. Of course, they never did make any such claim, merely that she had recommended him for the trip, a fact Lyin’ Larry just conceded even while attempting to prove the Republicans were liars and Lyin’ Joe was not. Of course, Lyin’ Larry’s lie can only work if Lyin’ Joe’s lie were vague enough to lend itself to the interpretation Lyin’ Larry made up. Fortunately for Lyin’ Larry, Lyin’ Joe’s lie was nuanced indeed. Last year, Lyin’ Joe wrote:

I don’t know if Val recommended me or not, and frankly I don’t much care. Despite never having served in the CIA myself, I’m familiar enough with their procedures to know that the higher-ups would never have selected me based on her recommendation anyway. hell, the most she’d have ever gotten out of that is one of those referral bonuses. Doesn’t your company have those, too? Anyhoo, if Val played any role in this matter – and if Lyin’ Larry gets to call her ‘Val,’ them dammit, I do, too – then her role was too piddly to speak of, the that rat bastard Libby really should have let it drop.

That’s a defensible position, albeit one with which I disagree. Oops, I almost forgot; that wasn’t what Lyin’ Joe wrote, after all; in fact, Lyin’ Xrlq just made it up. Sorry about that. Actually, that’s a lie, too; I’m not sorry about that, but am ready to move on. Here’s what Lyin’ Joe actually wrote: (h/t: Patrick Non-Fitzgerald):

“Valerie had nothing to do with the matter,” Wilson wrote in a memoir published [in 2004]. “She definitely had not proposed that I make the trip.”

Sorry to break the news to you, Lyin’ Larry and Lyin’ Joe, but if you expect people to believe your lies, your best bet is to make sure everyone on board tells the same lie, or at least not mutually contradictory ones. But I do thank you for playing, Lyin’ Larry.


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