Deliberately dismissing the fact that Novak's initial column referred to not 1, but 2, "senior administration officials" as his source, Mr. Novak almost seems gleeful in rubbing the Armitage disclosure into our face.
Zealous foes of George W. Bush transformed me, improbably, into the president's lapdog. But they cannot fit Armitage into the left-wing fantasy of a well-crafted White House conspiracy to destroy Joe and Valerie Wilson. The news that he, and not Karl Rove, was the leaker was devastating for the left.
Robert, nobody needed to help you transform yourself into the Bush lapdog, that fact is self-evident to anybody who reads your column.
As far as your claims about the administration's non-involvement, this only answers the question about the behavior of one of your sources. Nothing in today's column discusses the 2nd source.
Additionally, considering all we now know about the involvement of both Rove and Scooter Libby, it would not be surprising to learn that Armitage was part of a co-ordinated campaign to discredit Wilson.
Yes, Armitage was hardly part of that tight inner circle, but there is enough evidence on the involvement of Cheney, Rove and Libby to suggest that Armitage was indeed part of an overall White House effort to spin Wilson's trip and destroy Valeria Plame's cover and career.
I, for one, find it not credible that Armitage and the CRV cabal would, coincidentally, be divulging this same information independent of each other.
As for Robert Novak, his credibility is shot. This self-absorbed talking head has never taken responsibility for exposing Plame's identity. We hear endless attacks from the right-wing, of alleged 'treason' from the left. For my money, it doesn't get more treasonous than what Novak wrote in his column on July 14, 2003.
And the shameless Mr. Novak still is not giving us the real answers behind the column. He continues to do his spinning as the Bush administration's lapdog.