Missourians should be collectively embarrassed by the political trickery of the honorable Rep. Dick Gephardt of our fine state. The union-backed liberal darling of the far left extreme, Gephardt wants so much to be president that he will stoop to any imaginable and some unimaginable levels to advance his partisan agenda. He showed his true colors this week following a report on the Sept. 11 tragedies.
The White House confirmed this week that American intelligence had warned in August that a bin Laden attack on some American forces was a strong possibility. Gephardt used the news to call for Congressional hearings akin to the Watergate investigation to find out just what the administration knew and when they knew it.
But no sooner had Gephardt fired his leftist arrow than news surfaced on Friday that actually American intelligence had an even more specific warning two years earlier when you-know-who was President. That FBI warning came darned close to predicting the actual events that were to occur on Sept. 11, 2001. The silence from Gephardt on this latest revelation was deafening.
The national political scene is an ugly mess and I rarely address issues of this sort because I'm simply a spectator like everyone else. But Gephardt provided a textbook look into the partisan world of Washington - warts and all.
It was just a matter of time before someone in Washington would try to make political mileage out of this American tragedy. And with the mid-term elections just around the corner, Gephardt took the lead in the smear campaign. It's both amusing and sickening that he failed to comment on the follow-up report that indicates information was available on bin Laden long before President Bush took office.
If Dick Gephardt truly represents the views of a majority of Missourians, I'll eat my hat. He may represent his union-rich district and his east coast buddies but he doesn't speak for me. Perhaps not for you as well.
The honorable Mr. Gephardt owes an apology to the American public and to President Bush specifically. He took an isolated report and tried to turn it into political gain. And then when his indignation was publicized, he was not man enough to acknowledge that he spoke on poor and incomplete information. Typical Gephardt.