There should be no excuses. I am deeply sorry that Congressman Foley has had a difficult childhood. I hope that any issues that he has he gets worked out between him and his counselor and or his psychiatrist. Mr. Foley’s attorney read a statement. Mr. Foley denies ever having sex with any young boys. Congressman Foley admits to being gay. He also states that he had a troubled childhood and was molested by clergy.
We’ve heard multiple excuses from the party who was voted in office to clean up Washington over 12 years ago. We’ve seen a parade of Republicans resign positions of leadership and resign from office secondary to poor judgment, sexual scandal and other malfeasance. I completely and totally understand that everyone is human. But, if you are elected because you are morally superior and you turn out to be no different or possibly morally worse than I have issues.
The fallout from this Congressman Foley scandal may be huge. The Republican leadership must find a way in the next 24 to 48 hours to bail the water out of the sinking ship. All of the major media outlets are all over this scandal. If Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is able to weather the storm the Republicans will come out stronger than before. If on the other hand more revelations pop up, Speaker of the House is not able to explain why he did nothing for months if not possibly years since learning about Congressman Foley the Republican leadership in the Republican Party will take a huge hit. Multiple resignations would be expected to follow.
This is simply sickening. We have to come up with some method to secure our schools. Gunmen should not be able to hold our society hostage by picking off our children.
This was an interesting exchange upon terrorism experts. Besides the emotions that are honestly visible in this video clip, this is an incredibly complex issue. Remember the atmosphere which President Bill Clinton was operating in. You have an incredibly divisive Congress. President Clinton could not go to the restroom without criticism from Republican leadership. Although Newt Gingrich praised President Clinton’s missile strikes on suspected Al Qaeda targets, many other Republicans were highly critical. Therefore, it’s hard to imagine how Clinton could have been more aggressive in going after bin Laden under such criticism. There was no way, let me repeat, there was no way that President Clinton could have sent in troops without a complete and total revolt in the Republican-led Congress. If a missile strike was “Wag the Dog,” then what would a commando raid have been called.
Remember, the 9/11 commission was designed to quell angst and the American public. It was not designed to enter questions. Although, they did answer some questions, others were left completely untouched. Recall, that the 9/11 commission did not have access to all of the information. The administration stonewalled some of the “highly sensitive” information was only seen by a couple of the 9/11 commissioners. The executive director of the 9/11 commission, somebody almost completely invisible to the public, was a Bush insider. He had a lot of say on what went into the final report.
I was not terribly critical of the Bush administration lack of focus on Al Qaeda until, they tried to convince the public that there were always on the ball. When President Bush began saying that we were always on top of terrorism, this when I began very critical. This is not true. When the Bush administration came into office they were focused on Iraq and missile defense.
Finally, Michael Sheuer, who led the bin Laden unit in the CIA for many years, he lived, breathed and slept bin Laden. He is about to come unglued during this interview. He mentions that there were 10 instances when we had an opportunity to take out bin Laden. I believe that he is a thoughtful man. I believe that he has a single-mindedness that unfortunately a president cannot have.