The condensed Joseph Wilson.

The condensed Joseph Wilson.

The condensed Joseph Wilson.

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May 6 2004 6:33 PM

The Condensed Joseph Wilson

Slate reads The Politics of Truth so you don't have to.

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Wherein Our Hero Becomes a Pundit

Page 294: Wilson appears with Paula Zahn on CNN and warns of the dangers of regime change. After the show, he moans that he doesn't hear from Zahn's producers for "several weeks."


Page 298: Paula Zahn calls him back.

Page 305: Wilson on Fox News host Sean Hannity: "one of the least interesting people I have ever spoken to"; "has no idea what he is talking about, at least on foreign policy"; makes "ad hominem attacks on the integrity and patriotism of those whose views he does not share." Wilson appears on the show several times.

Page 323: On a Nightline appearance: "[T]he one person whom we would have liked most to influence by our arguments—George W. Bush—was probably already asleep."

Page 357: On a Daily Show appearance: "I was more excited than I had been for any other television appearance I had yet made. This, after all, was not news; it was satire."

Wherein Our Hero Considers Romance

Page 283: Valerie Plame is smitten with Brent Scowcroft. The former national security adviser's "one extravagance is a silver Mercedes convertible. Valerie has a not-so-secret crush on him—not for his car, but for his charm."

Page 351: Wilson: "The next morning I appeared on the Today show. Katie Couric was the interviewer. Unfortunately, I was on remote location, in Washington—my one chance to sit face-to-face with 'America's sweetheart,' and all I could see was the unblinking eye of the camera in front of me."

Wherein Our Hero Attempts Historical Analogy

Page 311: Wilson compares Bush's neocon advisers to Napoleon's generals "as they sat around the table and listened to his plans on the eve of the march on Moscow."