ENROUTE TO UNITED ARAB EMIRATES -- Attention members of the Fourth Estate. You are missing an extraordinary opportunity to add yet another meaningless moniker to your pathetic pantheon of social stereotypes. To the list that includes such ludicrous labels as "Soccer Moms," "Angry White Males," "Gen Xers," and "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Theorists," you can now add "Beltway Memo Writers."
This group of scribes has not yet reached the vaunted social status of the Judson Welliver Society -- a group of former White House speechwriters -- but if their memoranda continue to impact the literary genre as they have over the past several months, they are well on their way.
Topping the list of recent notable memoranda is one titled, "The Long Hard Slog," by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In it, Rumsfeld posed all the right questions and provided strategic insight to his staff about the steps needed to win the war on terror, but Democrats and their media allies jumped on it as "evidence" that he should be replaced.
In recent weeks, several memos have surfaced that indicate that Democrats and liberal activists are abusing government institutions for political purposes. Among these is a memorandum titled, "Pulling the Trigger," whose author remains anonymous, but is reported to be a Democrat staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The memo outlines a plan to abuse what is supposed to be a nonpartisan committee entrusted with classified intelligence and national security information to attack the president and defeat him in his 2004 bid for re-election.
A series of memos, written by Democrats staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the appointment of federal judges has also come to light. We'll call these "Bigotry and the Bench," for their offensive manipulation of minorities. One, written by a staffer for Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., instructs Democrats on the Judiciary Committee to block the confirmation of Miguel Estrada to the federal bench because, in their eyes, he is "especially dangerous because ... he is Latino." Another memo, written by Teddy Kennedy's staffers, urges Democrat senators to delay the confirmation of one of President Bush's appointees to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals so the new judge could not influence the court's decision on affirmative action.
Then last week, there was public disclosure of "The Osama-Saddam Diaries," a memo written by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith to the Senate Intelligence Committee. In it, Feith recounts extensive connections between Saddam Hussein's regime and Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist organization going back more than 10 years.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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