Amid all the Foley and Woodward madness from the past few days, I forgot to look into the Jack Abramoff report and document dump from the House Government Reform Committee that was released last week. While Foley is (rightfully) dominating the headlines right now and could be the most immediate catalyst for a major political scandal to shake up the House leadership, voters and the media should keep their eyes on the other two big scandals on Capitol Hill: Jack Abramoff and Duke Cunningham.
A Daily Kos diarist unearthed this little gem [according to the Committee website, the email files are down but will be posted again soon]
The following is available in doc dump two, page 26:
From: Jack Abramoff
Monday, March 18, 2002 8:31 AM
Subject: RE: Sunday
I was sitting yesterday with Karl Rove, Bush’s top advisor, at the NCAA basketball game, discussing Israel when this email came in. I showed it to him. It seems that the President was very sad to have to come out negatively regarding Israel, but that they needed to mollify the Arabs for the upcoming war on Iraq. That did not seem to work anyway. Bush seems to love Sharon and Israel, and thinks Arabfat [sic], is nothing but a liar. I thought I’d pass that on.
Look at the date: March 2002. The significance is astonishing – Jack Abramoff,a private lobbyist with no government security clearances that I know of, knew the United States was going to invade Iraq a full year before the actual invasion itself.