Let’s put it this way – they ought to be. Three US Congressmen who took Saddam’s money to come and try and support his murderous regime. I guess its impossible to actually get treason charges filed any more. If they didn’t send Hanoi Jane to Old Sparky for her Vietnam shenanigans, what is the big deal about three traitors going to help a killer like Saddam?
However, let’s name them clearly:
Democrat – Jim McDermott of Washington
Democrat – David Bonior of Michigan
Democrat – Mike Thompson of California
Here’s the sordid details so far:
Saddam Hussein’s intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The three anti-war Democrats made the trip in October 2002, while the Bush administration was trying to persuade Congress to authorize military action against Iraq. While traveling, they called for a diplomatic solution.
Prosecutors say that trip was arranged by Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a Michigan charity official, who was charged Wednesday with setting up the junket at the behest of Saddam’s regime. Iraqi intelligence officials allegedly paid for the trip through an intermediary and rewarded Al-Hanooti with 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil.
The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California. None was charged and Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said investigators “have no information whatsoever” any of them knew the trip was underwritten by Saddam.
I was just following my leftist orders:
Both McDermott and Thompson are popular among liberal voters in their reliably Democratic districts for their anti-war views. Bonior is no longer in Congress.
Is Obama actually going to get some real questions? Looks like handling the press that is not kneeling down in fawning supplication isn’t as much fun:
An exasperated Barack Obama scurried away Monday from the toughest news conference of his campaign, telling reporters who kept shouting questions that he’d spent enough time on the grill.
“Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions,” Obama, looking surprised, told shouting reporters as he fled the room. “We’re running late.”
The first question was about a private talk an Obama economic adviser had with a Canadian official – reportedly saying that the harshness of Obama’s criticisms of the North American Free Trade Agreement was for political show.
Last week, Obama denied an initial media report about the conversation. But after a Canadian government memo surfaced, he acknowledged yesterday there was a conversation.
“When I gave you that information, that was the information that I had at the time,” he said. His camp still disputes the memo’s account of the discussion.
That was the information I had at the time? Oh come on Bambi – nobody lets a Republican get away with that answer.
The questioning then turned to Obama’s links to ex-fund-raiser Tony Rezko, who went on trial in Chicago Monday on corruption charges. A reporter asserted Obama hadn’t fully answered journalists’ questions on Rezko.
Obama insisted he had – during a past news conference with Chicago media. But another persisted that questions remain unanswered, such as ones about fund-raisers Rezko held for him.
Obama replied, “These requests, I think, can just go on forever. …” He said the “pertinent” information had been provided.
When Obama declared the press conference over, one reporter yelled that he was dodging questions just minutes after claiming he wasn’t.
Oh yes – its all the fault of Hillary Clinton, those questions on Rezko, isn’t it Barry?