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Rice and Foley and the Republican Party in Power. Incompetence, Pedophilia, Hypocrisy and Hubris.

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I get this picture of Congressman Mark Foley in a Red Pinstriped suit with Italian black leather boots typing at his keyboard, "Do I make you horny? ... Yeah baby, yeah!" Only eight years ago, this Pedophilic version of Austin Powers was voting "Yea" on the Articles of Impeachment against President Clinton, something that involved consensual sex between two adults which congress had no business investigating in the first place.

Perhaps now we see why they did. Republican Congress People like the now disgraced Mark Foley are being exposed as some of the most extreme closet perverts in the country. They probably ogled the Paula Jones and Lewinsky testimony and details like a pimply faced teenage boy who just got his hands on his first porno mag. Let's not forget another former Republican congressman who was all up in arms about Clinton's transgressions, Bob Livingston, who was speaker elect at the time and was forced to resign when it was revealed that he too was engaged in an adulterous affair. At the time, Hustler's Larry Flint explained that he had hired private investigators and he had evidence of adultery or other more reprehensible sexual conduct by several dozen additional sitting Republican Congress People or Senators. It was none other than President Clinton who requested that Flint not go ahead with outing the rest of them. Yes, Clinton, who according to Right Wing Pundits as well as Free Republic and other bastions of Right Wing Thought, is a mortal enemy who lives only to destroy and attack Republicans and would take any opportunity to do so. How soon they forget. I think it is time for Larry Flint to name names and provide evidence, because it is high time to reveal the full extent of GOP hypocrisy and show what little the idea of good moral values really means to the Republican Party. We also need to see exactly who was aware of the Foley emails before they were made public. Allegations exist that one or more members of the House Republican Leadership, including Dennis Hastert, knew of these emails several months ago but did nothing about it. This needs a complete and independent investigation.

To sum up, adultery, pedophilia and other perverted acts and cover-ups of same are OK as far as Republicans are concerned, provided a Republican is doing the deed. If it is suspected that a Democrat is doing any of these, including consensual sex between non-married adults, we must investigate and if possible, put the object of the investigation under oath to see if we can get them to lie and thus be subject to perjury and obstruction of justice charges. As a matter of fact, I am sure that House Republicans would like to carefully investigate consensual sex between married adults, to include film and soundtrack, just to make sure the married couple isn't doing anything bad or wrong, of course. Please provide enough copies (on DVD and preferably in Wide Angle High Def) so that all of the House GOP Caucus can separately but thoroughly investigate each individual act.

Condoleeza Rice and the Never Imparted Terror Information and Warnings

Secretary Condoleeza Rice has turned out to be one of the worst cabinet members of a Presidential administration in the history of this country. She has skyrocketed ahead of Donald Rumsfeld in this category, not an easy feat to accomplish at all. Repeatedly warned of the threat from Al Qaeda by the Clinton transition team and CIA Director George Tenet among others, she ignored all such warnings and did nothing to stop Al Qaeda in the critical 8 1/2 months between Bush's swearing in and the September 11 attacks. If you read through the posts regarding Democrats and the War on Terror on websites like Free Republic and other Right Wing blogs, you will see how they believe we Democrats can not be trusted to do enough to fight the war on terror. The truth is now becoming clear that it was the GOP who completely dropped the ball and allowed 9/11 to happen. It is the GOP who cannot be trusted to do the right things to protect the country.

Getting back to Secretary Rice, to put her failings into perspective, Admiral Kimmel and General Short were the senior Navy and Army commanders at Pearl Harbor during and leading up to the Japanese attacks on December 7th 1941. They DID things to prepare against different sorts of perceived Japanese threats, particularly sabotage. Both were fired/relieved from duty, stripped of rank, forced to leave the armed forces as a result of a perception of their not doing ENOUGH or the CORRECT things to protect against the December 7th attacks (Note: Please see comments below for previous text of this sentence as well as a discussion of Kimmel and Short's role). When talking about Condi Rice who was the President's National Security Advisor during Bush's first term, we're talking about doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to protect against the terrorist threat from Al Qaeda that produced 9/11 even when repeatedly warned of the threat from Al Qaeda. Even when Rice was warned one month before 9/11 that the terrorists might use Airplanes as weapons. Where are the consequences for Condi? Where are the consequences for the rest of the Bush administration to include Bush himself?

What is Rice's reaction? She says she doesn't remember any of these warnings about Al-Qaeda and that it is incomprehensible that it happened and she doesn't remember. Here are the problems for Condi. First, the 9/11 commission investigated and verified that the Clinton transition team provided Rice and the Bush administration stern warnings about the threat from Al-Qaeda. Second, the 9/11 commission and the congressional inquiry also forced Condi to read from a memo sent to her on August 2001 warning her about the threat that Al-Qaeda might use airplanes as weapons. Third, Bob Woodward uncovered evidence about, and former CIA Director George Tenet admitted to the meeting he and CIA counterterrorism chief J. Cofer Black had with Rice in July of 2001 where they tried to hammer home the threat from Al-Qaeda. Three separate instances with paper trails that then National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice was warned about Al Qaeda and their methods. Where are the consequences?

The GOP has wallowed in incompetence, pedophilia, hypocrisy and hubris for the better part of the last eight years. Where are the consequences?
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