08/02/2005 11:23 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Big Picture

A friend who is an editor at a major national newspaper wonders why, in all the ink that's been spilled on the Plame-Rove-Novak story, there's so little consideration of the Big Picture: that this dispute is but one skirmish in a much larger conflict between the Administration's neoconservatives and the CIA. The Agency agreed to take the hit for the "bad intel" paving the road to Baghdad, even letting its director walk the plank to a Medal of Freedom, but long-time Agency-watchers always thought it was a little much to expect it not to retaliate in some way. I suggested to my friend that coverage of this story, no less than most others, is dominated by personalities, and, specifically, most political reporters' fixation with the possibility that the blood in the water could be coming from the biggest shark. But the neocons vs. the CIA is the web within which these personalities are squirming, and as soon as they solve the Natalee Holloway case, we're sure to hear more about it.