White House Press Secretary Jay Carney sharply rejected criticism Friday from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has suggested the Secret Service sex scandal -- coupled with other Beltway exposes, including reports of over the top convention spending by the General Services Agency, show a White House not in control. The allegations have surfaced at the same time as graphic photographs of soldiers in Afghanistan posing with corpses..
"It is preposterous to politicize the Secret Service; to politicize the terrible conduct of some soldiers in Afghanistan in a war that's been going on for 10 years," Carney said, accusing Palin and Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions, who has been critical of the Secret Service incident and GSA imbroglio of looking to turn the incidents to their political advantage.
"It's a ridiculous assertion that trivializes both the very serious nature of the endeavor that our military is engaged in in Afghanistan and the very serious nature both of the work that the Secret Service does," Carney said.