Tuesday, May 01, 2007

DC Madam: putting the fox to watch the chickens

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A call girl scandal was all that was missing in Bush's Washington. Most Europeans, (except for the British), won't know what all the fuss is about, as wherever men with money and power abound, prostitution flourishes and has flourished since money and power exist. To eliminate prostitution, first you would have to eliminate money and power... and men too, probably.

As such this is not very damaging to Bush, although it may lead to a lot of embarrassing revelations of all kinds that cross and recross party lines. This is because prostitution is never "political party-specific" and as one sharp Washington observer said, "nothing is more bi-partisan than a sex scandal".

However, what does give an unmistakable Bushie odor to the thing so far, is that the first victim of the scandal is the deputy secretary of state who ran Bush's program to crack down of prostitution all over the world and also was the coordinator of America's global Aids program which discourages the use of condoms and advocates sexual abstinence.... Now that does fit in with Haliburton's Iraq and with Wolfie and Shaha and with Katrina and with a host of other, similar situations, all defined by what we have come to know as the Bush signature or trademark, which is that: The fox has been set to watch the chickens. DS

'DC Madam' vows to name clients - BBC News
Abstract: A woman accused of running a high-class prostitution ring in Washington DC has said she plans to call her prominent customers to testify at her trial. Deborah Palfrey says among them will be Randall Tobias, who resigned as deputy secretary of state on Friday, shortly after confirming he had been a client.(...) Mr Tobias resigned last week shortly after US media told him Ms Palfrey had revealed he had made calls to her business. He told ABC News that he "had some gals come over to the condo for a massage", but denied having sex with any of them. Before he stepped down, Mr Tobias ran the Bush administration's programme to crack down on prostitution worldwide. He was also criticised in his role as US Global Aids co-ordinator when he advocated partner fidelity and abstinence, instead of condoms, to help limit the spread of the HIV virus. READ IT ALL

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