On Thursday, former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson retweeted an article from Unz Review called: “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.”
This is not a joke.
Following swift backlash, Plame Wilson defended her social media anti-Semitism in a series of tweets. She has since deleted the tweets, but the internet is forever.
Plame Wilson wrote:
First of all, calm down. Re-tweets don’t imply endorsement. Yes, very provocative, but thoughtful. Many neocon hawks ARE Jewish. Just FYI, I am of Jewish decent. I am not in favor of war with Iran, or getting out of the Iran nuclear treaty. There are simply too many who are so ready to go to war. Haven’t we had enough for awhile? Read the entire article and try, just for a moment, to put aside your biases and think clearly.
Following further criticism, Plame Wilson tweeted: “OK folks, look, I messed up. I skimmed this piece, zeroed in on the neocon criticism, and shared it without seeing and considering the rest. … I’m not perfect and make mistakes. This was a doozy. All I can do is admit them, try to be better, and read more thoroughly next time. Ugh.”
On Sunday, Plame Wilson resigned from her position on the board of Ploughshares Fund, and apologized again for sharing the article.
The former CIA operative began her mea culpa with the following tweet:
She continued from there:
The anti-Semitic tropes in the piece are vile and I do not, nor ever have, endorsed them. I regret adding to the already chaotic and sometimes hate-filled conversation on social media. In the past, I have also carelessly retweeted articles from this same site, the Unz Review, without closely examining content and authors.
The white supremacist and anti-Semitic propaganda espoused by this website is disgusting and I strongly condemn it. It is an affront to human dignity and does not reflect my values. I unequivocally oppose anti-Semitism and prejudice in every form. I believe we all have a moral responsibility to speak out when we see injustice and racism.
Although I have strong opinions on public policy matters, going forward I will endeavor to avoid resorting to stereotypes to express my positions and ensure my arguments are grounded in facts. While intending to underscore the madness around those fanning flames of war w/ Iran and their efforts to kill the Iran nuclear deal, I made a grave mistake and am deeply sorry for perpetuating any conversation that gives credence to anti-Semitism.
Actions have consequences, and while I have been honored to serve on the board of the Ploughshares Fund, to avoid detracting from their mission, I have resigned. I take full responsibility for my thoughtless and hurtful actions, and there are no excuses for what I did.
However, as The Daily Wire previously reported, Plame Wilson shared another article from Unz Review in 2014. In the piece, titled “Why I Still Dislike Israel,” Philip Giraldi calls Israel “a racist apartheid style state,” and condemns the nation for “crying wolf” over the Iranian threat.
One has to wonder if Plame Wilson’s apology is genuine. If it is, she may just be functionally illiterate. If it’s not, she’s just an anti-Semitic piece of garbage.