Valerie Plame has become a cult heroine of the left. Peddling a falsified version of her story as an “outed” CIA operative, she has been touted as a modern-day Joan of Arc by Hollywood liberals. She was heralded in a film that bears as much resemblance to the actual events as “Gone with the Wind” does to the Civil War. Her niche, if one can call it that, is to provide an excuse for the embittered left to howl about the George W. Bush administration. In their telling, the left portrays Dick Cheney as the villain, she as the martyr. The actual villain, Richard Armitage, who cowardly refused to step forward to confess his own role in her outing is ignored, and the true victim of Inspector Javert’s obsession, Scooter Libby, are not worthy of their concern.
So it came as a surprise to me when the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington announced an event celebrating women’s philanthropy, featuring none other than Valerie Plame. The invite features this account of her career:
As a covert CIA Operations Officer, Valerie Plame Wilson worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Without warning, in 2003 she found herself at the heart of a political firestorm when senior White House and State Department officials revealed her secret status to several national journalists — one of which published her name. Throughout the controversy, Wilson remained silent. That silence was broken with her much anticipated best-selling autobiography, “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House” and the release of the major motion picture of the same name starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.
It’s bad enough that Plame trafficks in concocted tales of heroism, but must the Jewish Federation aid and abet her antics? There has been consternation about the choice of Plame in certain quarters. Isn’t the Federation supposed to be aiding the poor and needy and supporting Israel rather than pushing the left’s tripe? The Federation, I am informed, has responded by denying that Plame is being “honored” (umm, take a look at that invitation and judge for yourself). The Federation insists that she’s a swell fundraiser. But will the Plame fundraiser’s haul make up for the donations lost from other disgusted patrons, who decide to close their checkbooks to protest the Federation’s plunge into the left’s fever swamp? And by the way, her bio for the event is devoid of any reference to her philanthropy on behalf of the Federation. An odd choice for an event about Jewish philanthropy, no?
To quote one of the Plame film’s most scorching takedowns (which was directed at White House counsel Fred Fielding, who played a key role in denying Libby’s pardon), “Shame, shame, shame,” Federation.