The Republican Scandal Scorecard
There have been so many scandals uncovered lately, that its hard to keep track of each one. Thus, we here at The Bulldog Manifesto decided it would perhaps be best to organize all the running scandals into one article. So lets begin:
1. Karl Rove commits treason
Yeah, we know, its not as bad as a blowjob, nevertheless, its not very often that the President's biggest adviser is revealed to have committed a major crime against the United States of America.
Pursuant to the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 it is illegal to intentionally disclose the identity of a covert agent. On August 29, 2003, retired ambassador Joseph C. Wilson alleged that Rove leaked the identity of his wife, Valerie Plame, as a CIA operative. After Wilson wrote a critically timed New York Times essay exposing George W. Bush's false claim that Iraq had purchased uranium from Niger, Rove (and potentially other high officials in the White House) contacted several Washington reporters and leaked the news that Wilson's wife was a CIA agent.
Initially, the White House denied the allegation (of course!). But according to many insiders, documents disclosed under court order this week will reveal that Karl Rove was, as alleged by Wilson, the culprit. This scandal is just about to explode....and we couldn't be any happier!
Frankly, we don't see how Rove and the White House are going to wiggle out of these charges. They cannot possibly argue that they were ambushed, after all, reporters had done everything within their power to keep their source for this story confidential, risking even jail time to protect Rove. It was only after a court order that the truth was exposed.
We look forward to seeing Rove's resignation, and hopefully, Rove eventually being hauled away in handcuffs. :-) It never ceases to amaze me how these bastards try to say they are supporting the troops and concerned with freedom when, time and time again, they exemplify the complete and utter disdain for the people who risk their lives on the actual frontlines.
But this scandal isn't the only White House scandal involving "military intelligence". Oh no, there are more....
2. The Downing Street Memo
So many smoking guns to be found. It turns out that a series of documents now known as the Downing Street Memos reveal that high level meetings took place between American and British defense and intelligence figures in July of 2002. In those meetings, it is has been disclosed that:
a. Contrary to contemporaneous White House public statements, the United States had already decided to go to war against Iraq way back in July of 2002.
b. The Americans and British were already aware that legal justification for the war was flimsy and that it would be necessary for the "facts and intelligencve to be fixed around the policy" of going to war.
c. Contrary to contemporaneous statements, the USA had "no patience" with the United Nations.
d. As of nine (9) months prior to the actual invasion of Iraq, the USA had already begun covert "spikes of activity" (e.g. bombing Iraq) in an attempt to lure Iraq into attacking the United States.
e. A timetable for invasion was set for thirty (30) days prior to the US Congressional elections (e.g. January of 2003).
f. The British and Americans were well aware that the "case was thin", that Saddam Hussein was "not threatening his neighbors", and that Iraq's "WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran
Although these documents have not been refuted, and although Tony Blair even admitted the validity of the documents, this scandal is proceeding slowly merely because the House and the Senate are controlled by Republicans who have never heard of the term "checks and balances". Nevertheless, Congressman John Conyers has spearheaded a campaign to press this issue, and to date, over 540,000 people, as well as over 100 congressmen, have signed a petition calling for further investigation on the matter.
Recently, a Zogby Poll concluded that 42% of Americans currently approve of impeachment if it can be proven that Bush knowingly lied about Iraq. We believe these numbers are only going to rise as the truth slowly comes out. And perhaps if the Democrats win the House in 2006, we could actually see an impeachment of George W. Bush.
3. The Tom Delay Scandals
Well, it turns out that Senate Majority Leader Tom Delay has been involved in scandals too (surprise, surprise, surprise). On May 26, 2005, a Texas judge ruled that a committee formed by Delay had violated state law by not disclosing over $600,000 worth of fundraising money. Some of the money was spent posting wanted posters on Federal Highways calling for the arrest of Democratic legislators with an 800 number to call if seen after the Democratic caucus left to Oklahoma in order to prevent redistricting legislation from passage.
Also, the Associated Press reported on April 7, 2005 that DeLay's political action committee did not reimburse lobbyist Jack Abramoff for the May 2000 use of a skybox, instead treating it as a type of donation that didn't have to be disclosed to election regulators at the time.
The skybox donation, valued at thousands of dollars, came just three weeks before DeLay accepted a trip to Europe including golf with Abramoff at the world-famous St. Andrews course for himself, his wife and aides that was underwritten by some of the lobbyist's clients.
Two months after the concert and trip, DeLay voted against gambling legislation opposed by some of Abramoff's Indian tribe clients."
4. Halliburton Scandals
We could make a whole scandal sheet just for the Vice President's alter ego, Halliburton. But why bother? After all, the guys at halliburtonwatch.org have already done it for us! Some of the scandals presently under investigation and grand jury review date back to the Dick Cheney days. (Can you imagine?)
5. Randy "Duke" Cunningham: Flag Lover and War Profiteer- A True Patriot!
In June 2005 it was uncovered that a defense contractor, Mitchell Wade, purchased the Duke's Del Mar home in 2003 for $700,000 more than it was worth. Cunningham is a member of the Appropriations subcommittee on defense. Soon after the purchase, Wade began to receive tens of millions of dollars worth of defense and intelligence contracts. It was also revealed that Cunningham also lives on a yacht owned by Wade whenever he is in Washington. The name of the yacht is "The Duke Stir". The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a preliminary investigation regarding the real estate transaction. Yesterday, the FBI searched the Duke's San Diego house and the yacht.
This scandal will likely lead to the end of Duke's political career. Honestly, this really doesn't look good for him. Its quite possible he could even end up in jail.
Please join the fight to rebuke the Duke.
These are just five (5) major scandals. There are over thirty (30) more that are considered substantial. Most of them involve war profiteering, campaign profiteering, gross conflicts of interest, and deceptions resulting in the deaths of countless individuals.
Sad thing is, there are even more scandals. Pat Tillman. The Senator Bill Frist "diagnosis" of Terry Schiavo (now being investigated). The White House Environmental Policy Papers edited by Exxon officials. It just goes on and on. Yet amazingly, these same bastards tried to impeach Clinton for an extra marital affair. Their hypocrisy has no bounds.