Gen­eral sees a long war ahead

Wor­ries ‘how to main­tain the Amer­i­can will’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Front Page - By Bill Gertz

The Amer­i­can peo­ple need to pre­pare for a long-du­ra­tion war against rad­i­cal Mus­lims who are set to fight for 50 to 100 years to cre­ate an Is­lamist state in the re­gion, a top Pen­tagon strate­gist in the war on ter­ror says.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark O. Schissler said in an in­ter­view that the cur­rent strat­egy for fight­ing Is­lamists in­cludes both mil­i­tary and ide­o­log­i­cal com­po­nents that make it sim­i­lar to the 40-year Cold War against com­mu­nism.

“We’re in a gen­er­a­tional war. You can try and fight the en­emy where they are and where they’re at­tack­ing you, or pre­vent them and de­fend your own home­land,” said Gen. Schissler, deputy di­rec­tor for the war on ter­ror­ism within the strate­gic plans of­fice of the Pen­tagon’s Joint Staff.

e-mails that Mr. Fo­ley sent to a for­mer page in the sum­mer of 2005.

An Emanuel aide on Dec. 11 con­firmed to The Wash­ing­ton Times that DCCC staffer Bill Bur­ton told the con­gress­man about the Fo­ley e-mails in fall 2005. The aide said Mr. Emanuel took no ac­tion be­cause the emails were men­tioned in pass­ing as a “ru­mor” about Mr. Fo­ley.

On Oct. 8, Mr. Emanuel was put on the spot dur­ing his ap­pear­ance on ABC’s “This Week.”

“Did you or your staff know any­thing about th­ese e-mails or in­stant mes­sages be­fore they came out?” host Ge­orge Stephanopou­los asked. Mr. Emanuel in­ter­rupted with “No.”

“Ge­orge — Never saw ‘em,” he said twice.

When Rep. Adam H. Put­nam, chair­man of the Repub­li­can Pol­icy Com­mit­tee and a guest on the show, started ques­tion­ing Mr. Emanuel, the DCCC chair­man blanched.

“What you guys want to do is take your dirty laun­dry and throw it over the fence and try to blame other peo­ple for the prob­lems,” Mr. Emanuel told the Florida Repub­li­can.

Rep. Pa­trick T. McHenry, North Carolina Repub­li­can, called the news “stun­ning,” and ac­cused Mr. Emanuel of let­ting a “preda­tor roam free” for “cold, cal­cu­lated po­lit­i­cal ad­van­tage.”

The DCCC aide also told The Times that Democrats had no knowl­edge of the in­ter­est Mr. Fo­ley had been dis­play­ing in pages, ac­tions that prompted one Repub­li­can to tell the ethics panel Mr. Fo­ley was like a “tick­ing time bomb.”

The ethics re­port out­lined the Repub­li­cans who were un­com­fort­able for a decade with Mr. Fo­ley’s be­hav­ior to­ward the pages, crit­i­ciz­ing law­mak­ers for fail­ing to fol­low up, but rec­om­mend­ing no penalty. The panel found “po­lit­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions played a role in de­ci­sions that were made,” and the­o­rized Repub­li­cans didn’t act for fear of ex­pos­ing Mr. Fo­ley’s ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

The page, spon­sored by Repub­li­can Rep. Rod­ney Alexan­der of Louisiana, said Mr. Fo­ley was “start­ing to freak me out,” the panel re­ported. The 16-year-old for­warded the Fo­ley e-mails to fel­low Alexan­der staffer Danielle Savoy, won­der­ing whether he was just be­ing “para­noid.”

Ac­cord­ing to the panel, Miss Savoy for­warded the e-mails to a lob­by­ist friend, who for­warded them to her boyfriend, Justin Field, a staffer for the House Demo­cratic Cau­cus. Mr. Field gave cau­cus press aide Matt Miller a copy of the e-mails. Mr. Miller tes­ti­fied he “feared noth­ing would come” of for­ward­ing the mes­sages to the ethics panel, which at the time was not even meet­ing be­cause of par­ti­san dead­lock over other mat­ters.

In­stead, Mr. Miller redacted the page’s name and faxed copies of the e-mails to re­porters in Florida. Mr. Miller then alerted Mr. Bur­ton, who worked for Mr. Emanuel at the DCCC, to see if his hunch was cor­rect that a Fo­ley story was brew­ing.

Mr. Bur­ton spoke with a few re­porters about the e-mails and men­tioned them to Mr. Emanuel in pass­ing, the DCCC aide said.

Ac­cord­ing to ethics panel tes­ti­mony by the page’s fa­ther, a staffer for Mr. Alexan­der told the fam­ily they did not have to speak with re­porters who had been call­ing. The fa­ther also told the ethics panel that the staffer warned them that “Democrats would like to use some­thing like this” for po­lit­i­cal gain.

ABC News first re­ported the ex­is­tence of the e-mails to one page and later broke the news that Mr. Fo­ley also had been send­ing sex­u­ally sug­ges­tive in­stant mes­sages to other teenage pages. The news prompted Mr. Fo­ley to re­sign and, ac­cord­ing to most an­a­lysts, con­trib­uted to the Demo­cratic wins in Novem­ber.

The ethics re­port out­lined sev­eral Repub­li­cans and staffers who were aware of Mr. Fo­ley’s drunken late-night visit to the page dor­mi­tory, but con­cluded no Repub­li­cans knew about the sex­u­ally ex­plicit in­stant mes­sages.

The ethics panel said the tone of the e-mails and in­stant mes­sages were vastly dif­fer­ent, but said Repub­li­cans failed to ex­er­cise due dili­gence about the emails back in 2005, when the for­mer page told his friends on Capi­tol Hill the Fo­ley e-mails were “sick.”

Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi of Cal­i­for­nia on Dec. 11 an­nounced changes to the page board’s struc­ture and over­sight in light of the ethics re­port. She said the board’s mem­ber­ship will ex­pand to in­clude two page par­ents and that it will now have equal num­bers of Repub­li­cans and Democrats.

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