by Dinsdale Piranha
Democrats all over the country are salivating at the prospect
of "Enron-Gate" seriously damaging the residency of George
W. Bush. There is no doubt that it will have some detrimental
effect on him from a public perspective.
He will now have little chance of defending that long held
charge against him that he is bought and beholden to corporate
America but the chances of "Enron-Gate" causing major damage
are fairly slim.
I've no doubt that the Republicans have their fall guys in
place to take the rap and protect Bush, if need be.
So expect others like Commerce Secretary Don Evans, Secretary
of the Treasury Paul O'Neill and even he of"the undisclosed
location himself, Richard Cheney, to take the blame for any
government wrongdoings before The Teflon Kid George Dubya
But there is another scandal that could, should and would
create a major headache for the Bushista's, a story that gained
some attention just before "Enron-Gate" gathered a head of
steam and virtually knocked it off everyones radar.
I'm speaking of "Taliban-Gate."
The day before the Enron story really took off, former UN
weapons inspector Richard Butler, in an interview with CNN's
Paula Zahn, spoke of the allegations coming from a recently
published book that alleges that not long after coming into
office, the Bush administration slowed down FBI investigations
into Al Qaeda and terrorism in Afghanistan so that they could
more easily negotiate with the Taliban over a proposed oil
pipeline that would run through Afghanistan.
If these allegations are true, this story could make "Enron-Gate"
seem like a minor worry for the Bush administration.
But this story seems to have stopped, it has been superseded
by the Enron story and has seemingly been ignored and forgotten
And I'm sure there are people in the White House who are
more than happy with that if indeed this "Taliban-Gate" story
does have truth to it.
One can only imagine the serious damage this story could
do to the presidency of George W. Bush if it was true. It
would do a lot more damage than the Enron story ever will
and one wonders how he could ever recover, yet alone stay
in office if the allegation was ever proven.
So while the media places its complete attention towards
the Enron scandal, let's not forget that there are possibly
bigger fish to fry out there and one of them has the potential
to bring the Bush II presidency crashing to its knees.