New York Congressman Anthony Weiner now admits he lied about sending some semi-revealing photographs of himself to assorted women via Twitter. It was a foolish act but no-one has been harmed, except Weiner himself, his wife and family. He didn’t have sex with any of the women but his political career and ambitions lie in ruins, he has been shamed in public and he may have to quit Congress. His cover-up, if it merits the description, has been awarded the suffix reserved for the most egregious efforts to sweep scandal under the carpet: Weinergate.
Most students of the Iraq war have concluded that US President George W Bush lied about Saddam Hussein and WMD’s, as did British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Iraq was invaded and a lengthy war was fought on the basis of that lie, countless tens of thousands were killed, trillions of dollars wasted and the whole Middle East thrown into chaos and instability. Both men retired as respected statesmen and live in security & comfort. Blair has amassed a fortune and works for one of Wall Street’s largest merchant banks. He and Bush have each written autobiographies that have been widely praised and which earned them a great deal of money. Neither has apologised for anything. No ‘gate’ suffix has been added to their misdeeds.
So, who’s the most offending of this bunch, Weiner or Bush & Blair? And whose misbehavior has been more scrutinized by the American media?