New connections between Tom DeLay, Russian business and security interests, and a particularly nasty House vote in 1999 are being made.
JIM LEHRER: The bombing war was more intense today than it has been since it began. Does that make kind of the House of Representatives almost irrelevant in this? Have they made themselves irrelevant?
PAUL GIGOT: I doubt it was irrelevant to Slobodan Milosevic. What message do you think he took with a 213 to 213 vote? Do you think he thinks Bill Clinton is leading a unified country? I don't think so.
So there you have it. Tom DeLay and the House repubs playing politics with soldier's lives, attempting to undercut Clinton's power at home with a cynical vote against his policy, a vote to put our own soldiers in harm's way.
Fast forward to today:
DeLay reported that the trip was sponsored by a Washington-based nonprofit organization. But interviews with those involved in planning DeLay's trip say the expenses were covered by a mysterious company registered in the Bahamas that also paid for an intensive $440,000 lobbying campaign.
In this case, travel funds did not come directly from lobbyists; the money came from a firm, Chelsea Commercial Enterprises Ltd., that funded the lobbying campaign, according to the sources. Chelsea was coordinating the effort with a Russian oil and gas company -- Naftasib -- that has business ties with Russian security institutions, the sources said.
So DeLay's trip was paid for by a firm associated with Russian security interests. Kevin Drum asks this question:
Bugman is unAmerican, in the sense that his interests lie not with those of the betterment of the American people. He is quite American, in the sense that his interests lie solely in expanding his estate, no matter the cost to fellow human beings, be they American soldiers or the American people.
Update [2005-4-7 19:20:7 by lapin]: Check out the American Prospect's Tapped for a more in depth and very much up to date review of the DeLay/Russian connection.
Update [2005-4-7 19:41:3 by lapin]: Hey, I got my first hate mail due to this post! It's really mild, but still, it's the first. I'll remember it forever.
Subject: Delay Conspired with the Russians
And Ted Kennedy conspired with the KGB in '79-'80 to get the presidential nomination over Carter, and Clinton sold military secrets to China for foreign cash contributions .. whats your point ???
So I replied:
Right back at you: what's your point? You got a problem with the post, get a user id and make a comment on the diary. That way, your thoughts can enlighten us all.
So then Michael said:
You moron left wing American haters "censored" me and I was banned after 2 posts.. So much for "compassion" and allowing other opinions to partake in the conversation. But thats what you get from a bunch of baby killing terrorist supporting panty wearing tree hugging liberals.
I didn't know I wore panties!