Sunday, October 09, 2005

Ex FBI Director Highlights 'Scandals'

Democrats today declare ‘scandal’ on a daily basis. I happened to run across this article shortly after reading a few comments from my trolls on Friday’s post. I thought it would be an appropriate topic.

Former FBI Director Freeh, with CBS News to plug for him, was nice enough to remind us that the Dems are adept at practicing selective outrage when it comes to ‘scandals’.

Ex-FBI Chief On Clinton's Scandals

As FBI Director, Freeh rarely sat down one-on-one with reporters. But now he’s written a book, My FBI, and speaks out for the first time about his years as director, and his toxic relationship with Bill Clinton.

“The problem was with Bill Clinton, the scandals and rumored scandals, the incubating ones and the dying ones never ended. Whatever moral compass the president was consulting was leading him in the wrong direction. His closets were full of skeletons just waiting to burst out.”

Freeh says he was preoccupied for eight years with multiple investigations, including Whitewater, Jennifer Flowers and the Monica Lewinsky affair.

Freeh says he stayed on longer as FBI director because he didn’t want to give Clinton a chance to name his successor. “I was concerned about who he would put in there as FBI director because he had expressed antipathy for the FBI, for the director. I was going to stay there and make sure that he couldn’t replace me.”

The FBI wanted access to the suspects the Saudis had arrested but then-Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar said the only way to get access to prisoners would be if the president personally asked the crown prince for access.

Freeh says Clinton did not help him. He writes in his book:

“Bill Clinton raised the subject only to tell the crown prince that he understood the Saudi’s reluctance to cooperate, and then he hit Abdullah up for a contribution to the Clinton Presidential Library.”

But then, after Al Qaeda terrorists blew a hole in the U.S.S. Cole and demolished two U.S. Embassies in East Africa, and America did little to retaliate and Freeh writes how frustrated that made him because he believes that not retaliating only encouraged more attacks.

In his book, he writes “America seemed like a lumbering giant stumbling around with a sign on its back reading ‘Kick me.”

“We sent a missile into Iraqi intelligence headquarters in Baghdad after working hours. So, we were targeting the custodial staff and not the agents who had tried to kill the president,” says Freeh.

My point here is not to dump on Clinton. That's been done enough. His greatest scandal, the transfer of missile and rocket technology to China, is not even mentioned. Indeed, I find it irritating when public officials cash in following their days of service. No, my point is to illustrate how absurd Democrats are today. They can find a scandal behind every bush, no pun intended. Bush lied, Bush invaded New Orleans, Karl Rove is the Devil, etc, etc. Yet back in the day, even once Clinton was impeached, they felt the need to have a lovefest on the White House Lawn.

All of the commotion from the left today is political fog. 'Scandal' is simply a cheap, though failing, means to power. What Dems need to do is come up with a platform, but that goal eludes them. As Republicans did, justified or not, in the '90s with Clinton, Democrats today are so wrapped around the axle over Bush that they cannot offer even the most simple of alternatives to what they perceive to be so many injustices.