A top intelligence officer Mary McCarthy was fired after learning that she
leaked information that damaged Americaís intelligence community and our
nationís security. McCarthy worked in the CIA's inspector general's office.
Then-National Security Advisor Samuel R. Berger appointed McCarthy to be
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence
Programs in 1998. Berger recently plea bargained a charge of destroying top
secret documents while he was doing research for Bill Clintonís testimony
before the 9-11 hearings.
Besides being a Clintonista, McCarthy was a major backer of Sen. John
Kerryís 2004 campaign for the presidency.
McCarthy made the leaks of information to Dana Priest of the Washington
Post. It is expected that the Justice Department will convene grand juries
to investigate the press and McCarthy.
Kerry supports New Hampshire
Sen. John Kerry has thrown his support for the traditional kick-off of the
nationís presidential contest to Iowa and New Hampshire, according to the
On ABC's "This Week," the Massachusetts Democrat bridled when told an
unnamed Democratic strategist said that, by supporting the status quo,
"you're basically saying only white people's votes count in those early
"That's so much bunk," Kerry responded. "I don't know how to describe that
comment in any other way than to say that that's absolutely ridiculous. The
converse of that is to suggest that the people in New Hampshire and Iowa are
insensitive to those issues and don't care about them."
The Democrat National Committee recently met in New Orleans to consider
placing different ethnically dominated caucus states between Iowa and New
Hampshire overturning years of tradition of Iowa and then New Hampshire as
the start of the presidential nominating process.
Warner in Iowa
Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner showed up in Iowa and gave the predictable
call that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should resign. Warnerís visit is
one more indication that Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsackís candidacy for the
presidency is going nowhere.
Vilsack is trying to get his candidate Mike Blouin the Democrat nomination
for governor. With less than seven weeks to go before the primary election,
most would bet on Secretary of State Chet Culver to win the nomination.
Warner, on the other hand, has already ensconced his Lt. Governor into his
former post as Governor of Virginia, a red state.
United Nationís failure
The United Nations continues to be a place where self-interest seems to
prevail over even genocide. China and Russia are going to block proposals in
the U.N.ís Security Council to place sanctions on Darfur. The resolution,
which would impose a travel ban and a freeze on financial assets on the four
Sudanese, are the first sanctions by the council on participants in the
The four are: Maj.-Gen. Gaffar Mohamed El-Haassan, the former Sudan Air
Force commander for the western military region, which includes Darfur;
Sheikh Musa Hilal, chief of the Jalul Tribe in North Darfur and a pro-Sudan
government or Janjaweed paramilitary leader; Adam Yacub Shant, a rebel
Sudanese Liberation Army Commander; and Gabril Abdul Kareem Badri, whose
name has also been spelled Badi, a field commander of the rebel National
Movement for Reform and Development.
China's U.N. Ambassador Wang Guangya said last week. "We believe that the
resolution like this might harden the positions of some of the parties to
China has oil interests in Sudan and supplies weapons to the Khartoum
Democrat exits ethics committee
The top Democrat on the House ethics committee, Alan Mollohan, Democratic
leader Nancy Pelosi announced that Mollohan would be stepping down. Mollohan
has been accused of several ethics violations.
Reidís home front
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is losing support in his home state. Nevada voters
have given their senator a 10 percentage point drop in his favorable ranking
since 2004 Ė it's now down to 43 percent. The number who viewed him
unfavorably increased 14 points to 39 percent, according to a poll
commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Democrat National Chairman Howard Dean took his party to New Orleans and
declared that, "Katrina will put the GOP out of business."
It is a question of how a corrupt urban Democrat machine that failed not
only at the lowest level of the city but at the highest level of the state
puts the GOP out of business.
Frist in Iowa
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is in Iowa Monday, Apr. 24 to address the
Iowa Health Centerís Spring forum.