"INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY VALERIE WILSON WAS PART OF AN OPERATION THREE YEARS AGO TRACKING THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS MATERIAL INTO IRAN. AND THE SOURCES ALLEGE THAT WHEN MRS. WILSON'S COVER WAS BLOWN, THE ADMINISTRATION'S ABILITY TO TRACK IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS WAS DAMAGED AS WELL."
So not only was the outing of Plame, politically motivated, stupid, unethical, and illegal, it is also now hampering our efforts to conduct negotiations with Iran regarding their nuclear power technology and its alleged misuse for WMD proliferation. The very intel we need in order to negotiate a reasonable outcome in Iran has been chucked out like trash and we might end up mistakenly or hastily taking military action against Iran as a result. One might suspect a certain species of deep and devious planning to be involved if it weren't so patent that this Administration is incapable of that level of competence, even in doing evil.
Outside of Iraq, which is obviously the gravest current threat to American security, Iran is certainly among our most important immediate security concerns, and these jackasses in Bush Administration have willfully destroyed a key asset for managing that threat? Not to mention that outing Plame may have compromised other counter-proliferation agents who have used Brewster-Jennings & Associates for non-official cover.
It was bad before, now it's just downright treasonous...