THE REAL ARKANSAS STORY
AS WE WIND DOWN our serialized timeline of Arkansas' Clinton years, today's excerpt includes a couple of remarkable items: what GOP senators told impeachment special counsel David Schippers as the issue moved from the House to the Senate and what GOP Senator D'Amato told one of Clinton's bodyguards in a men's room specially cleared for the purpose.
Both incidents remind us of a tremendously important point missing from media coverage, Democratic Party defenses of Clinton and even GOP attacks on Clinton's pre-presidential activities. Simply put, there was far more bipartisanship to the Arkansas scandals than was ever revealed to much of the public.
That is what the GOP senators told counsel Schippers - a Chicago Democrat by the way: furgetaboutit. And D'Amato seemed oddly anxious to cast the Mena story in such a way that it wouldn't harm the Republican creators - including Dubya's daddy - of that combination CIA, Conta and drug operation. It also was reflected in future Bush DEA director Asa Hutchinson's mangling of several drug cases while an Arkansas US Attorney. And it was reflected in the way investigative trails suddenly were deserted by the Republicans when they started getting too close to home.
To understand the Arkansas saga, it is important to understand that it was heavily about the illegal drug trade and politicians' reactions to it. Not just the Clintons, but Papa Bush and other Washington Republicans. The Arkansas mini-narco republic scandals offered the media and politicians a chance to face the terrible truth about what the war on drugs had done to this country, but they chose not to do so.
As with prohibition, the drug war has corrupted everything from politicians of both parties, to federal agencies and local police and to major businesses. And still the story continues, uncovered and undebated.
What does this have to do with Hillary Clinton? Her direct involvement in the drug aspects of the story appear quite limited but her involvement with the characters and morality that grew out of the Arkansas narco state was substantial. Prohibition does that. It creates a holistic underworld of actions, behavior and indifference to integrity.
As we have pointed out, Rudolph Giuliani has much to atone for and explain in this regard as well. But whether it was the Dixie Mafia or the New York Mafia that created the political penumbra in which the candidate thrived, the best thing an ordinary voter can do is look elsewhere.
Neither Clinton nor Giuliani - the two frontrunners - offer a single thing that could not be gained without the same taint of deep corruption - simply by choosing any one of the other major candidates.
For the Democrats, the danger is the greatest because the Republicans are clearly holding their fire until Clinton is nominated. All morality aside, to nominate Clinton is lousy politics.
This publication was the first in America to provide the broad outline of what would become known as the Whitewater scandals. Our report was published several months before the Democrats nominated Bill Clinton.
Our expanded report on the Clintons in Arkansas has now been published while there is even more time to do something about it. Without much hope,we rest our case.