Bush knowingly lied in the State of the Union Address when he said that Saddam had sought to purchase large quantities of uranium from Africa.
Joe Wilson knew it was a lie because he was the person originally sent to Africa to investigate the allegation, so he wrote an op-ed piece in the New York Times detailing what he knew.
Cheney, Rove, Libby, and probably Bush, launched a campaign to discredit Joe Wilson and take everyone's focus off of what he was saying (that the President knowingly and willfully lied his way into a war, which is treason in my book since war compromises the security of our nation, and an unjustified war compromises our credibility as well).
Now, partly because Americans are ADD, and partly because we wanted to be distracted from evidence of our president committing treason (I mean really, couldn't Mr. Wilson have clued us in before we were knee deep in a war??), we took the bait.
His wife got him the job?
He wasn't really investigating anything!
He was sipping green tea coolers on the beach!
See the ball?
See the ball?
Go get the ball!
But they didn't even throw us a ball!
You know how sometimes when you're feeling really mean, you pretend to throw the ball to your dog, but you really have it behind your back?
So here we are out in the grass caught up in all the gossip and intrigue.
They outed a CIA agent!
Isn't that treason?
Well, classified and covert are two different things, and if they just leaked classified information, that's not treason.
Well it's bad!
Yeah, but it's not treason.
So what do we have them on?
Is that all?
Did we get anyone good like Rove or Cheney?
No, just their lawyer.
Will he go to jail at least?
Probably not, and if so, not for long, and then he has a long, comfortable career ahead of him.
Meanwhile, the ball is behind Bush and Cheney and Rove's back.
The ball is treason; the original lie from which they were trying to distract us:
"The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
This lie is the most provable on the list of high crimes against the United States of America committed by the Bush administration.
Crimes against our security, our freedom, our young soldiers, our honor as a nation, our good will in the world, our decency as a civilized society.
Crimes that will only serve to make them and their cronies richer and richer.
And what are we doing about it?
We're wandering around the grass looking for the goddamn ball.