|May 5, 2011|
|Welcome Back, Harriet Miers, Pakistan Lobbyist|
|By Kevin McCauley|
|President Bush, who went from wanting Osama bin Laden “dead or alive” in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to “really just don’t spend too much time on bin Laden” a year later after the murderer's trail ran cold, congratulated President Obama for his decisive leadership that took out the terror kingpin. |
Kudos to the former Commander-in-Chief for graciously emerging from the shadows to praise his successor.
Another Bush aide will soon take center stage. Welcome back, Harriet Miers.
Ms. Miers had a brief fling with the white hot Washington spotlight in 2005 when Dubya suggested she would make a heckuva Supreme Court Justice. Alas, Miers, who was GWB’s personal counsel, withdrew her nomination after a storm of protest over her qualifications.
With that dramatic exit, Miers returned to her old stomping grounds, Locke Liddell & Sapp law firm and specifically its Locke Lord Strategies lobbying arm.
Who does Miers represent? She is registered lobbyist for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan President and co-chair of the PPP Asif Ali Zardari. Miers even reps Zardari’s kids, according to her Justice Dept. filing.
She began working for Pakistan, a $75K a month account for LLS, in August 2008 during the wind-down of Bush II’s second term.
Many Americans find it hard to believe that Pakistan, which the Wall Street Journal reported has been trying to get Afghanistan to boot the U.S. from its soil, had no clue that OBL was living the high life a mere 1,000 yards from the country’s equivalent of West Point. Inquiring minds like Sen. Carl Levin, chair of the Armed Services Committee, said:
“I think the Pakistani army and intelligence have a lot of questions to answer, given the location, the length of time and the apparent fact that this facility was actually built for bin Laden and its closeness to the central location of the Pakistani army.”
A Pakistani editor told NPR this morning that Americans would be beyond naïve to believe that the country’s military and intelligences forces had no clue about bin Laden.
Locke Lord’s contract calls for “clarifying Pakistan’s role as a key partner for the U.S. the efforts to enhance security and stability in a region of broad strategic importance.”
As Dubya would say, Locke Lord’s client has a lot of splainin' to do.
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