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What Do WMDs, Valerie Plame and Male Intuition Have in Common? (A Lot, I Hope)

07/25/2005 12:24 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Bush isn’t the Teflon President, but will Karl Rove become the Teflon King-maker? I am not optimistic that much is really sticking.

Several weeks ago my husband announced: “Bush will not survive the term of his Presidency”.

“Huh?”

“He’ll either be impeached or resign over WMDs and Valerie Plame,” he explained.

“How d’you figure that?” the cynical wife replied.

“Male intuition,” he calmly responded.

While I have long prided myself on my intuition, his track record has not (yet) been chronicled. I bet him $500 he was wrong. Today, after reading Frank Rich’s impressive article “Eight Days In July” in the New York Times, he offered me 50 cents on the dollar as settlement. We have a joint bank account and I am a “glass is half empty” person, so instead, I doubled the bet.

Maybe I am too much of a cynic, but my instinct tells me this is a story that doesn’t feel destined to stick whether revenge in the White House is a motive, Judy Miller is still in jail, Matt Cooper has testified or there are or ever were WMDs. The question is, why not?

Perhaps it is because people want to believe in their leader. Perhaps because in the end we have all been trained to believe in our news-sources of choice. Perhaps because not enough Americans care about what happens overseas?

With a Supreme Court seat up for grabs, I am impressed by just how deeply the American people believe in their judicial system (and few more so than my Democrat husband). It seems we will have to rely on Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald to make a true mountain out of this series of molehills, if there is one. Because in this political climate, at least as evidenced by comments in The Huffington Post, any scrutiny of why we are at war outside of the judicial system is branded “unpatriotic”, “pacifistic”, “left-wing”, “unfeeling” and “liberal”. It is a shame because the court of public opinion should be cherished, not admonished, in a democracy.

I firmly believe that in order to look at any war from a moral perspective, we MUST ask whether it is "worthwhile," and we must continually look at the cost in terms of human life and economics.

I am hoping that I lose this bet. I hope there is enough male intuition percolating up in this country that this President will take full responsibility for misinformation and misleading the American people, if we are allowed to determine whether that’s what happened. I am also hoping that we can be free to scrutinize this war and any others without being branded traitors and unpatriotic. Some wars are worth fighting and some are not. Without dispassionately looking at the facts and uncovering the truth, how can we know the difference?