Meanwhile, Bush Stays

05/25/2011 12:25 pm ET
  • Joe Lauria Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Author

The man in the White House invades a nation that didn't threaten us, kills 4,000 Americans, hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis, destabilizes an entire region and it was all based on blatant lies and he gets to stay in office, while Spitzer wanted to have sex, admittedly in an unthinking way, and he has to resign?

I've seen people say he is a hypocrite because he prosecuted Wall Street fraud and now he's spent his own money on a prostitute. Should he not have prosecuted those on Wall Street because he likes hookers? Their crimes affected wide numbers of people, indeed the entire economy was threatened at the end of the 1990s. Who has Spitzer hurt besides his wife and kids? Spitzer's hypocrisy was not on Wall Street but that he prosecuted prostitution rings. Was he using their services at the time or only more recently?

If every politician had to resign because of hypocrisy there would be no one running government. He shouldn't go anywhere. The Republicans in the New York State Senate gave him 48 hours to resign or they will draw up articles of impeachment. Let them. How is going to a prostitute an impeachable offense? The real hypocrisy is American morality that says taking part in an activity that is legal in dozens of countries, even Islamic Turkey, is deemed a more serious offense than launching an illegal war.

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