Tom DeLay as a proto-George Galloway

We now learn that Tom DeLay was taking Russian money at the time he double-crossed Bill Clinton in support of Serbian genocide in Kosovo against the NATO bombing campaign.

Let’s see…what that was of interest to the Russians could have been on the national agenda back in the late 1990s, when Tom DeLay was lining his pockets with Russian money?

Yes, we all know about the IMF loan.

But there was also the little matter of Serbia, where Russia was openly supporting Milosevic in his genocidal campaign and Bill Clinton, over strong Republican objections, was trying to stop him. Recall that it was DeLay who engineered a public humiliation for the President while the (eventually successful) bombing campaign was going on. The Republican leadership told Clinton that there would be enough Republican votes to pass a resolution supporting the war effort. But that was a lie. DeLay actively lobbied to bring the GOP patriot count down to 31, defeating the motion on a tie vote. No one can say for sure how much that gesture of support for Belgrade against NATO extended the bombing campaign, or how many Serbs and Kosovars were killed or displaced as a result. But the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, at a time when American airmen were risking their lives in the face of the enemy, chose to help the enemy.

With Russian money in his pocket. Feh.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com