May 12, 2004
DeLay (The Hill):
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) continued his ferocious counter-offensive against Democrats yesterday, accusing them of trying to gain political advantage from the abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison.
DeLay picked up yesterday where he left off on Thursday. He dedicated most of his 30-minute weekly meeting with the press to the war. He fielded only two questions that related to other subjects.
“We tried their way,” DeLay said, referring to the Clinton administration’s policies toward Iraq and al Qaeda, “and we got 9-11. We were attacked.”
DeLay declared: “It is unconscionable that the DCCC, the DNC and the Kerry campaign are using this tragedy as a creepy fundraising gimmick. It is one thing for our enemies to use this propaganda; it is quite another for one of our major political parties to do the same.”
He lambasted Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and the Democrats’ fundraising committees for posting a petition on Kerry’s website calling for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s ouster and using it to raise money. Kerry’s website claims 320,000 people have signed the petition, but there is no direct link to contribute money.
For the record, just about any email from a committee has a fundraising button, which Tom DeLay knows full well. That’s what we do instead of just selling legislation to the highest bidder. And while we’re at it, let’s have a look at what the NRCC does in its free time:
It seems the NRCC has more than ruffled feathers among two important U.S. allies in the war on terror by rushing out an “Ask America 2004” policy survey to Republican campaign donors.
One question read: “Should America broaden the war on terrorism into other countries that harbor and aid terrorists such as Thailand, Syria, Somalia, the Philippines etc?”
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo, who has been praised by President Bush for her role in helping America and was feted at a State Dinner last May, expressed personal alarm at the charge.
Arroyo told the New Straits Times, a Malaysian newspaper, that she was asking her foreign office to demand an apology for the “unfair and baseless accusation” from the House GOP leadership.
Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Sihasak Phuangketkeow took the news a little better, telling the newspaper that the slur would not affect diplomatic relations with the United States because it was a mishap caused by political operatives — not the State Department or anything like that.
We call for his resignation because, as he says, he is responsible.
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