The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. - Wm. Blake

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


OK, one tiny sidelight issue on the whole Plame matter. I keep seeing the term "boondoggle" being used as if it were synonymous with "junket." But it isn't. As Apple's handy built-in Oxford Dictionary puts it, a boondoggle is
work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value;
• a public project of questionable merit that typically involves political patronage and graft.

I would say that the second definition is precisely how Rove, et al. have tried to spin Wilson's mission, and is, from their POV, accurate. I would argue that it's inaccurate (just as the White House's statements about the Plame matter and about Iraq's nuclear program were inaccurate), and it could be argued that they're hinting that Wilson's mission was somehow plum, but I find objections to the term boondoggle on the basis that Niger is an undesirable destination to be beside the point.


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