Buried Again

While the papers salivate overTortureGate, we seem to be forgetting about two other important things: The Oil for Food scandal and that $700 million Bush illegally diverted from the Afghanistan effort to the Iraq effort.

I hate to be the guy who cries "conspiracy!" whenever something isn't getting the attention it deserves, but I'd like to remind everyone that we're talking about 1) The biggest financial scandal in the history of the world, and 2) A flagrantly illegal action taken by our president.

Remember what happened the last time a president illegally diverted funds to a military effort? It was called "The Iran-Contra Affair" and it dominated headlines for months. Sometimes, I wonder to myself what it's going to take for the American people to really start demanding accountability. Even the national mood on TortureGate seems to be "Big deal, Saddam did worse."

One thing that I think would help would be if the press stopped burying UNSCAM stories on page A34 and if they would point out the constitutionality (or lack thereof) of a president taking funds earmarked for one military effort and spending it on another.