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Kerik, Body Armor, Scalia

Tuesday, 14 December 2004 12:00 AM

Kerik's misdeeds were originally two – employing an illegal alien as a nanny and, second, not paying the Social Security taxes due on her salary. Now his troubles are growing. One ugly story involves allegations of his having two mistresses while married with two children. The others include violating city regulations by allegedly accepting unreported gifts when he was New York City's police commissioner and earlier the city's corrections commissioner. It is alleged that he was friends in the latter capacity with a racketeer who provided him with gifts.

But the final outrage, at least for me, was when I heard Kerik say on CNN that it was “Late Wednesday evening I became aware of a problem.” What trash talk on his part. Most people who can afford a nanny know what questions to ask to determine if she is able to legally work in the U.S. Even if he were not the smartest cop on the beat – and Giuliani appointed him police commissioner – he had to know it was illegal on his part not to pay Social Security taxes on her employment.

But instead of admitting his transgressions, he chose instead to opine that his kids loved their nanny. If kids don’t love their nanny, the nanny should be replaced immediately. He went on to describe her as a lovely lady. Aren’t they always. This lovely lady was also a very cooperative lovely lady who went back to Mexico recently and permanently and now can’t be interviewed about her employment.

Kerik has disgraced himself. He also put into question Rudy Giuliani’s judgment in appointing him as New York City’s corrections commissioner and subsequently as police commissioner. Didn’t Kerik employ a nanny when he held those posts? Was he honest with the city in his interviews at those times? Did the city conduct proper investigations of Kerik at those times? Shouldn’t the city now release those reports? Shouldn’t both Kerik and Giuliani ask for their release? What Social Security taxes does Kerik owe from those earlier periods, if any?

Don Rumsfeld is a capable secretary of defense and overall has done a very good job. There were some major mistakes in the conduct of the war against Iraq, e.g., disbanding the Iraqi army after we won the war at the front instead of using them to prevent the looting that followed and worse still, the current ongoing insurgency. But the worst decision still not adequately addressed is sending U.S. soldiers into harm’s way without adequate armor plating on many of their vehicles and without, in some cases, personal body armor.

There are those who criticize the reporter, Edward Lee Pitts of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, for prepping a soldier to ask the question about the use of “hillybilly armor” – explained as make-do by soldiers not provided with government-issue armor in their Humvees – of Rumsfeld, who invited questions from them while announcing there would be no questions from the media and that this was a total soldier event.

It is ridiculous to criticize the reporter for getting a soldier to ask his question. He was doing his job and it enormously helped soldiers everywhere by giving such wide attention to the issue.

Rumsfeld’s answer was that he would do everything he could. His response was not adequate unless U.S. factories that produce the armor have since been placed on a 24-hour operating basis. In World War II, cargo ships needed to transport military goods to Britain, which normally took up to a year to build, were ultimately turned out in 10 days by Henry J. Kaiser.

We can do a better job building armored Humvees. Our soldiers in the field should be provided the armor for vehicles and their bodies immediately. If troops elsewhere, e.g., Europe, Japan, Korea, have body armor, it should be sent to Iraq today by cargo plane.

Soldiers today wounded on the field of battle in Iraq who would have died in earlier wars are now saved because medical care is so immediate and close to the battlefield. The corollary to that positive result is that injuries with catastrophic outcomes no longer end in death on the battlefield. Those catastrophic injuries – many resulting from explosives – can be reduced if vehicle and body armor are available. This should be the nation’s highest priority.

On December 10, The New York Times ran a ridiculous editorial criticizing U.S. Senator Henry Reid, Democratic U.S. Senate minority leader, for stating that it would be acceptable to Democrats if the president nominated Antonin Scalia as chief justice. The Times, disagreeing with many of the conservative opinions of Scalia, declares he is not “mainstream.” The Times’ definition of that term apparently means someone who agrees with it and who reviles Bush and what he stands for. That thinking is absurd, unless you believe that the spoils of victory belong to the losers.

Chief Justice Rehnquist, a conservative U.S. Supreme Court justice, is highly respected by the members of his court and is considered fair in the administration of the court by his fellow justices. How do I know? One of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices told me so. I will not – I am a journalist – identify my source.

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