Birds of a feather flock together. Just like ex-convict Anwar Ibrahim, both Al Gore and Paul Wolfowitz are tainted with scandals and therefore lack the credibility to even try to make each other look good. In other words, they lack moral ground.
So I am sure, those who read the joint article by Al Gore and Wolfowitz in the Wall Street Journal on Aug 3 asking their Government to interfere in the Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trial would have simply laughed it off.
Wolfowitz, as we know, had an adulterous affair with his staff Shaha Riza and rewarded her for her "services" with a handsome pay package. He had to beg and plead to keep his job as World Bank President.
Al Gore also had his fair share of scandals. At least two more women have come forward claiming that they were sexually abused by the former Vice President.
Shortly following the announcement that he was divorcing Tipper, his wife of 40 years, Star Magazine reported that Gore was in the midst of a 2-year affair with Laurie David, the ex-wife of Larry David.
Then came the sexual assault allegations. Massage therapist Molly Hagerty accused Gore of sexually harassing her in Portland, Oregon, four years ago -- and she showed off her semen-stained pants on the cover of the National Enquirer to prove it. Gore emphatically denied her allegations.
Hagerty reported the incident to the authorities in 2006, and again in 2009, but they closed the case. Earlier this month, the Portland police reopened the investigation.
And now, two unidentified women -- both massage therapists -- claim that Al Gore made some unwanted advances towards them.
And in Anwar's case, although the Federal Court had in 2004 overturned the sodomy charge against him due to technicalities, the court held that there was evidence confirming that Anwar did engage in homosexual activities.
Given these scandals, it seems comical to me that both Wolfowitz and Al Gore have come together to support Anwar. And they even have the gall to say that Anwar's sodomy charges are "trumped up".
Denying their scandals at all cost is all they can do now! And for that, they need each other's help.
My name is Mohd Ashraf Abdullah. I was born and raised in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. I am a journalist at heart. I served the New Straits Times as a journalist for 17 years, beginning as a cadet reporter in 1988. I was trained to be a political writer. I served the NST in various capacities including as Staff Correspondent of the Kuantan Bureau and London Correspondent. I resigned as News Editor in 2004 to join Golden Hope Plantations Berhad as Deputy General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. Two years later I was made General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. When Golden Hope and Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad were merged with Sime Darby Berhad in November 2007, I chose not to accept the offer of employment by the merged entity. I was a scholar of the British Government and possess a Masters Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I am also a Jefferson's Fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.