I haven't seen this point made before, so I thought I'd bring it up. If this administration had done even a mediocre job of occupying and rebuilding Iraq, nobody would give two shits that they lied us into it. Nobody would really care about Valerie Plame. This investigation could have been handed to a political hack and nobody would have paid any attention.
The only reason they are paying a price for their dishonesty is their incompetence.