There are similarities between David Petraeus and Bo Xilai. Both involved high level officials in a scandal. When it comes to political scandals, timing is everything. America has David Patraeus, China Bo Xilai. In David Patreaus’ case, his scandal came immediately after the U.S. elections, to make sure it would not disrupt the U.S. elections. This must have been done deliberately, as the U.S. oligarchs have complete control over the corporate media and could have destroyed the reputation of the Obama regime overnight, giving way to a Romney government. As intrusive as the NSA is to American lives, there is no way, the ruling class would not know about Patreaus’ affair ahead of time.
On the other side of the world, the Bo Xilai scandal came right before the 18th National Congress, making situations very tense, and nervous for the entire country. Westerners were spreading rumours that there was a possible coup. Things would have gone a lot smoother, and there would have been a lot less security had Bo’s scandal came afterwards, but at the same time, if the Bo Scandal had not come out, Bo might be in a very different position today. Some even believe that Bo would have filled Xi’s place. Perhaps this was a way for China’s ruling class to say they wanted Xi instead of Bo. Likewise, in America, some were hoping Patraeus would run for president.
It looks like China will not be the only place with a shake up of military leaders. Now stories have erupted about a second man being investigated in the U.S.. General John Allen is being investigated for sending inappropriate messages to Jill Kelley, the woman involved in the alleged scandal with David Patreas. Ok, so John Allen is not investigated for blowing up millions of Iraqis, Libyans, and Afghans, but he is investigated for “sending inappropriate messages”. I am glad to see corporate America has its priorities straight.
Maybe if Romney was smart, or if western democracy was half way legitimate, Romney would have done his homework, and exposed this scandal before the election. That way, he would have won. One possible reason this was not done is that Romney is just an actor putting on a show for the people of America. America really is no democracy, because if it was, then why not expose Patreas earlier?
Bo Xilai has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and his public office, according to a decision made at a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on Friday.
The meeting also decided to transfer Bo’s suspected legal violations and relevant clues to judicial organs.
The decisions were made after a meeting deliberating and adopting an investigation report on Bo’s severe disciplinary violations submitted by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
At a meeting held on April 10, members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee were briefed on the investigation of the entry of former Chongqing vice-mayor Wang Lijun into the US Consulate General in Chengdu without permission as well as the reinvestigation into the suspected murder of British citizen Neil Heywood by Bogu Kailai, Bo’s wife.
Based on Bo’s mistakes and responsibilities in the two cases and clues to his other discipline violations found in the probe of the two cases, the CPC Central Committee decided to suspend Bo’s membership in the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and in the CPC Central Committee. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection filed the case for investigation.
Investigations found that Bo seriously violated Party discipline while heading the city of Dalian, Liaoning province, and the Ministry of Commerce, as well as serving as a member of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau and party chief of Chongqing municipality.
Bo abused his power, made severe mistakes and bore major responsibility in the Wang Lijun incident and the intentional homicide case of Bogu Kailai.
He took advantage of his office to seek profits for others and received huge bribes personally and through his family.
His position was also abused by his wife Bogu Kailai to seek profits for others, and his family thereby accepted a huge amount of money and property from others.
Bo had or maintained improper sexual relationships with a number of women.
He was also found to have violated organizational and personnel discipline and made wrong decisions in personnel promotion, which led to serious consequences.
The investigation also found clues to his suspected involvement in other crimes.
Bo’s behaviors have brought serious consequences, badly undermined the reputation of the Party and the country, created a very negative impact at home and abroad and significantly damaged the cause of the Party and people.
The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee decided to expel Bo from the Party in accordance with the Party Constitution and CPC intra-party supervisory disciplinary regulations.
The Party sanctions will be endorsed by the seventh plenary meeting of the 17th CPC Central Committee, which will be held ahead of the Party’s 18th National Congress set to convene on Nov 8.
The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee decided to remove Bo from public office in accordance with the country’s Law on Public Servants.
The CPC Central Committee stressed that the investigation and handling of Bo’s severe discipline violations further show the CPC’s basic requirement of being strict with Party members, its concept of governing the country in accordance with the law and its distinct position and resolution to fight corruption.
The CPC Central Committee said the entire Party must fully realize the perennial, complex and arduous nature of the anti-corruption fight and give fighting corruption and building a clean government a more prominent place on its agenda in order to wage a resolute battle against corruption, leaving no room for corrupt figures to hide within the Party.
Party organizations at various levels must use Bo’s case as a negative example to enhance cadre education, management and supervision, maintain strict Party discipline, improve the Party’s working style, speed up the building
of the system for punishing and preventing corruption, and constantly enhance the Party’s capabilities of self-purification, self-improvement and self-innovation – all in a bid to maintain the Party’s advanced nature and purity.
The CPC Central Committee called for strengthened nurturing of the Party spirit so that leading Party officials can develop appropriate views toward the world and power.
Party officials were told to consciously abide by Party discipline, always keep pace with the CPC Central Committee, earnestly implement democratic centralism and voluntarily accept supervision from Party organizations and the people.
They were told to strictly carry out the Party’s cadre promotion policy and guidelines, and rectify unhealthy tendencies in selecting officials.
They were urged to boost their awareness of the law and absolutely safeguard the dignity and sanctity of the law.
The CPC Central Committee also urged adherence to running the Party strictly and with persistence in punishing and preventing corruption.
Cases involving disciplinary and legal violations should be dealt with severely, it said, vowing no mercy for corrupt figures no matter who is involved or how great his or her power is.
The CPC Central Committee called on the Party, the country and people of all ethnic groups to closely unite around the CPC Central Committee led by General Secretary Hu Jintao and hold high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, under the guidance of Deng Xiaoping Theory and the important Thought of the Three Represents.
It urged deeply implementing the Scientific Outlook on Development and unswervingly advancing along the socialist path with Chinese characteristics in order to make new achievements in anti-corruption campaigns and the construction of a clean Party and government, strive for the overall building of a well-off society and create new progress for the socialist cause with Chinese characteristics.