Friday, July 17, 2009

Surprise and Surprise

Surprise #1:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House Intelligence Committee said on Friday it was launching a formal investigation into the concealment of a secret CIA program from Congress that one senator said was withheld on orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Now this is a House investigation... I guess I'm glad to see them investigating something, but it does strike me that an investigation of not being told about something the CIA and Bush administration didn't do is kind of dumb, when there are so many things they did do that scream for deeper inquiry. Still waiting for word on whether Holder will open an inquiry into the torture issue; that's sort of what I was hoping to read here. I don't want to minimize the importance of CIA's legal responsibilities to inform Congressional committees of their actions and decisions, it's just that it seems there's any number of more important issues being ignored.

Surprise #2 (The next paragraph in the story above):
Immediately after the Democrats announced the investigation, Republicans cried foul and called it a partisan effort to protect the Democratic leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
I hate to break it to you, 'pubblekins, but many of us Libs would love to see Pelosi gone. I don't think this has much to do with "protecting" her. But it is sort of a surprise that your first reaction would be a scream of "Persecution!" When did that become a part of your strategery?

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