Forty years ago this past Sunday. That’s how long it’s been since the ill-fated attempt by Nixon operatives to burglarize the headquarters of the Democrat National Committee went awry. Gone, but is it forgotten? Not by a long shot!
Although the once acclaimed Watergate office complex has fallen into some degree of degradation, and although the suite previously occupied by the DNC now houses the office of the military attaché to the Iraqi Embassy, the term Watergate is used regularly by the media to remind us of Republican skullduggery.
With the benefit of hindsight, Watergate was rather harmless when compared to some of the other “gate” events, such as Monica-gate, Trooper-gate, Whitewater-gate, the more recent Secret Service-gate, or even Nipple-gate (Janet Jackson’s costume malfunction). After all, Watergate was just a bit of political chicanery, and pales in comparison to the current administration’s malfeasance that is actually putting lives at risk and destroying any hope of ever again meriting the confidence of our friends and allies as we face the very real threat of international terrorism.
Do we think for a moment that the Watergate incident compares to the seriousness of releasing the identities of the Navy Seals responsible for the capture and death of Osama Ben Laden, thus endangering their lives and the lives of their families? Or bragging that it was the effort of US undercover agents that unleashed the Stuxnet virus to sabotage Iranian nuclear development? Or revealing the identity of the Pakistani doctor who working undercover for the US had obtained information on Osama bin Laden’s location in Abbottabad, and whose outing has resulted in his subsequent arrest, conviction, and sentencing to life imprisonment? And all for the political purpose of enhancing the reputation of candidate Obama, prior to the November election, as being a strong world leader.
Even Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said publicly last week,
“This has to stop. When people say they don’t want to work with the United States because they can’t trust us to keep a secret, that’s serious!”
Then another leak revealed that a double agent in Yemen had obtained a new and improved version of the al-Qaida underwear bomb used by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in his failed attempt last December to bring down a US passenger plane over Detroit. That leak, Feinstein said,
“Endangered an ally and the individual who saved American lives by procuring the bomb.”
Even as you read this, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning sits in a military prison awaiting court-martial for revealing information to the Wilileaks publication that he felt was subversive to the security of our nation, while those responsible for the more serious “intelligence leaks,” which point directly to the White House, remain un-investigated and un-prosecuted by the President and his minion in the Justice Department, Attorney General Holder.
Answers remain obscured concerning the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious program of furnishing thousands of weapons to the Mexican drug cartels. But Watergate is still in the news, and reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who wrote about the incident forty years ago, have received folk-hero status, and are still regular guests on the liberal talking-head TV shows.