I was wondering what took them so long. With all the moistness with which the evangelical Bush administration pushes "family values", you just had to know this was going to happen:
ABC News’ Brian Ross revealed tonight that the list of customers of an alleged Washington-based prostitution service includes White House and Pentagon officials as well as prominent attorneys.So far, this has already had the effect of taking out Deputy Secretary of State Randy Tobias. Although Tobias states that he never had sex with any of the women; he simply had them come to his condo to give him a massage. Why to the words, "I never inhaled" keep marching through my mind?
“There are thousands of names, tens of thousands of phone numbers,” Ross said. “And there are people there at the Pentagon, lobbyists, others at the White House, prominent lawyers — a long, long list.” Ross added that the women who worked for the service, potentially as prostitutes, “include university professors, legal secretaries, scientists, military officers.”
It's worth revisiting a little of Tobias' past utterances.
As the Bush administration's so-called "AIDS czar," Tobias was criticized by some for emphasizing faithfulness and abstinence over condom use to prevent the spread of AIDS. In a 2004 interview, Tobias explained his approach as "A and B and C. . . Abstinence works. 'Be faithful' works. Condoms work. They all have a role. But it's not a multiple choice, where there is only one answer." As a top official overseeing global AIDS funding to other countries, Tobias was responsible for enforcing a U.S. policy, enacted during the Bush administration, that requires recipients to swear they oppose prostitution and sex trafficking. USAID adopted a similar policy in 2004.And "massages" work... to relieve all that tension.
I suspect one of the names we will not see on the list is that of Karl Rove. Nope, I'm figuring he's squeaky clean on this one. After all, Karl doesn't like to be touched, especially by attractive women.