For Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, the week proved to be yet another political mess.
First, the Weekly exposed that Orange County's senior career politician paid his wife 50 percent of the federal campaign contributions he raised in the latest reporting period and that she has taken more than a quarter of a million dollars in contributions since 2006.
Then, Rohrabacher must have also guzzled one too many tequila shots before he blamed President Barack Obama for the top one percent of Americans enjoying a huge income disparity gap that began in 1993, when Obama was an unknown Chicago constitutional law professor.
Now, the man who wasn't brave enough to volunteer for Vietnam War duty when he was eligible to serve in the military is ridiculously touting on Twitter his own brilliance fighting Middle East terrorism.
In an Oct. 27 post, a battered Rohrabacher stated to nobody in
particular: “In 1990s I was one of the few trying to defeat Taliban by
building coaltion [sic] that after 9-11 became Northern Alliance.
Awarded medal for this.”
That statement is a purposely misleading half-truth. It is true that at
one point the congressman had harsh words for the Taliban. But it is
more true that before and after those harsh words he vociferously
supported the Taliban at the very time it harbored Osama bin Laden and
his terrorists prior to the airplane attacks on the World Trade Center
As I've previously reported, Rohrabacher told a Washington, D.C. news
outlet in 1996 that liberals in the American news media had smeared the
noble intentions of the Taliban. In fact, in one of the biggest blunders
in American political history, he stated that Taliban members were not
“terrorists or revolutionaries” and that “their takeover of Afghanistan
would be a positive development” for the United States.
You can stop laughing now. During Bill Clinton's second term as
president, Rohrabacher did ridicule Clinton for, get this, allegedly
doing what the congressman had done: snuggle up to Taliban leaders.
But in April 2001–less than five months before bin Laden's devastating
terrorist attacks, Rohrabacher was back on board with the Taliban–a
move the congressman seems to have conveniently forgotten.
Here's a few line from one of my 2003 news articles:
“On April 11, 2001, Rohrabacher traveled with [Khaled] Saffuri and
others from Washington, D.C. to meet in Qatar with Taliban leader Mullah
Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil. The regime that was protecting bin Laden from
U.S. intelligence operations wanted Rohrabacher to help increase U.S.
aid to it, at the time already more than $100 million annually.
Rohrabacher emerged from those meetings to tell Middle East news media
that the meeting had been “frank and open” and that the Taliban leaders
were “thoughtful and inquisitive” as well as “flexible.”
Rohrabacher was obviously mistaken. Five months later to the day, bid
Laden's terrorists hijacked planes and flew them into the Twin Towers
and the Pentagon. In the days following those attacks, the congressman
claimed he had anticipated the Sept. 11 suicide missions a day before
they were launched, but could not get National Security Advisor
Condoleezza Rice to hear his warnings. He eventually blamed the disaster
on Bill Clinton, who had been out of power for eight months. The Orange
County Register dutifully reported the congressman's attack on Clinton,
but left out his questionable involvement with the Taliban.”
In fact, Rohrabacher's blunder was worse.
Saffuri, his travel companion to Qatar before terrorist attacks, was a
Palestinian known to financially supported the families of anti-Israel
suicide bombers, according to conservative foreign affairs
experts including Frank Gaffney.
–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.