Uneasy Nights for the Hypocrites in Washington, DC
If you believed Bill Clinton -- who "smoked but didn't inhale" -- then you gotta give this guy the benefit of the doubt. Glenn Kessler in the Post
: "Randall L. Tobias, the deputy secretary of state responsible for U.S. foreign aid, abruptly resigned yesterday after he was asked about an upscale escort service allegedly involved in prostitution, U.S. government sources said."Mr. Tobias told ABC News that "he had used the service to provide massages, not sex". Why didn't he use a licensed massage therapist ? Mr. Tobias is 65....and married.
Mr. Tobias took a leading role in promoting Bush Administration's abstinence only program overseas. It figures. There must be quite a few prominent men....and women in Washington who are spending uneasy nights.
This story, described as Hookergate by some, could have legs. There were earlier reports about Kyle "Dusty" Foggo who held a high position at the CIA. The sudden resignation of Porter Goss, who took over the helm of the CIA after George Tenet, was also alluded to involvement with high-priced call girls provided by defense contractor Brent R. Wilkes
. Former Republican Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham is serving a prison sentence for taking bribes. Wilkes is under investigation.
Palfrey piqued fascination -- and anxiety -- by first threatening to sell phone records that could unveil thousands of clients, and then handing them over, apparently for free, to ABC News. She is scheduled to appear tomorrow in U.S. District Court in the District.
And the nights cannot be too restful for Paul Dundes Wolfowitz.
The former Deputy Secretary of Defense and champion of the invasion of Iraq, is scrambling to save his job as president of the World Bank after giving his squeeze, Shaha Ali Riza
(a high-level employee at the bank) a huge pay raise. Mr. Wolfowitz was engaged in fighting corruption among nations that receive funding from the bank. Currently, the program is said to be in a state of flux because of what Mr. Wolfowitz did for Ms. Riza. He is scheduled to appear before the bank's directors tomorrow (April 30th) to plead his case.*****