"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Democrats forced a closed session of the U.S. Senate today to call for an investigation into the Bush administration's use of intelligence about Iraq, a maneuver Republicans dismissed as a political ``stunt.''
Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid invoked a rule that requires a closed session on the Senate floor in which the galleries are cleared of visitors. Democrats threatened to use the tactic daily until Republicans convene hearings into the administration's use of intelligence surrounding the war in which more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers have died.
``Be prepared to face this motion every day until you face this reality,'' said Senator Richard Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat.
Oh, please - do you really mean it this time? Are you really going to hold their feet to the righteous fire? Because, if you are, I might just start calling myself a Democrat, rather than just a liberal - and feeling like one, too. If you really intend to make this stand, count me with you; but please, please, don't be teasing this time. This time, it's really important to get it right. And that's why I need to remind you that an empty threat is worse than nothing. It's a tactical and strategic win for the enemy, and it's exactly the sort of thing that alienates me from the Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist called the move ``an affront to the leadership of this grand institution.'' Typically, such sessions over intelligence matters occur only after the leaders in both parties agree, he said.
Of course, given that Frist himself - as greasy as any who ever suckled at the public teat - is among the leadership of "this grand institution," I believe the affront is all mine.
``The U.S. Senate has been hijacked by the Democratic leaders,'' he said. Reid and Durbin orchestrated a ``pure stunt,'' Frist said.
Damn! "Hijacked"! I thought we were winning the Global War on Terror®, and now the bastards turn up in the Senate, disguised as Democrats!
Reid said the indictment Friday of I. Lewis Libby, vice President Richard Cheney's chief of staff, requires a full investigation that he said was promised by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts a year and a half ago.
Right - the indictment. That again. Well: No matter how much some folks may wish the subject would go away, it's not budging for a while. There are too many people paying attention, asking questions, and making noise - and there's Harry Reid, egging them on.
Harry Reid has played this well, so far, I think.