Saturday, November 11, 2006


This past Wednesday, I posted:
If Bush remains intransigent....then investigative power becomes more important; it gives the Dems leverage to force changes in Iraq policy, and it will allow them to neutralize Republican charges of "defeatism" and "not supporting the troops" by exposing the underbelly to an angry public and keeping the outrage factor on their side.
From today's Boston Globe:
And while some Democratic leaders such as Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware warned this week that the party should not go overboard in pursuing investigations, interviews with House aides suggest that party leaders see the investigations as a key -- and in some ways the most important -- tool for exerting pressure on the administration regarding Iraq.

"You can expect Democratic-led committees, in many cases in cooperation with the Republican leadership at the committee level, to have some vigorous oversight until there is some consensus on what to do on Iraq," said David Dumke , former legislative director for Representative John D. Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who is expected to head the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Archimedes (adapted for 2006): "Give me a subpoena long enough and a hearing room to use, and I will move the administration."

Let it begin....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

if the right thing is not done by reps or dems, must have faith that the american people will do something about it...the elite would do well to remember the history of the american people...a people who know freedom without having that word made a slogan...they are not thieves and bullies and will only take so much thievery and bullying done in their names ...if the elite dont serve the people...have faith the american people will teach them too...even those of them in white houses throwing stones

11/11/2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger jj said...

Yes, the Dems now have a powerful whip to rein in the beast, but I still have fears about what this wounded, nasty animal might do.

11/11/2006 3:23 PM  
Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Then let it begin. If the wounded animal or beast does as you, or I, or many others I know think they might, they will show themselves for the failures and creeps they are. The more the American people know about this administration, the faster they'll turn on Bush and Co. with a vengenance.

11/11/2006 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Awake! said...

The beast has been stung; muzzle slapped and snarling in frustrated rage. But it is not quelled and yet straddles the critical executive stream of power. Does anyone think the beast would hesitate to assign a few incompetent cronies to some essential intelligence-gathering listening posts and checkpoints? It would not do that before, as it has with so many other agencies, since defense from attack was its essential camouflage but what will the litany be when terrorists then infiltrate and attack a US target? That the Democrats "tied my hands? Trust me, I alone can protect you."

Do not underestimate the beast, it is a beast that thinks; forget that at your peril.

11/11/2006 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to remember that Dems assurances against impeachment doesn't in any way suggest that they won't investigate. Their most prudent move is to leave the impeachment to the public - demonstrate the depth that the administration has gone in Iraq and let the public vote a Dem into the White House in 2008.

11/12/2006 2:27 AM  
Blogger jj said...

Jimmy, I tend to agree with you. It's one thing to violate every norm of human decency and international law (let alone our own Constitution) when you have the buffer of a supplicant Congress and 60, 70, 80 percent approval rating; quite another when the house of cards is rapidly falling apart and you are being ridiculed and exposed at every turn. Hell, I don't think the military would obey their order to bomb Iran right now. The generals have already made them take nukes off the table. So the remaining worry would be what awake speaks to above, the most vile of treasonous subversion. We shall see.

11/12/2006 5:50 AM  
Blogger jj said...

Tho I suppose, awake!, you would say we already have witnessed such treason.

11/12/2006 5:52 AM  
Anonymous semper fubar said...

Reason #2308 why that piece of wet toilet paper Joe Biden should never, and will never, be the Democratic presidential candidate.

11/12/2006 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

As our host, CR, puts so eloquently: "Vigilance"

Now as much as ever.

11/13/2006 1:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear cr was right about this coming too...its not written out out of 68th and park though...

found it in Peace's warrior's latest...

almost feel a bit bad for the neocons...they will take nearly all the blame for iraq...they should have seen it coming though...

11/13/2006 4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Along those sames lines..... hopefully this will get through.

Democrats Aim to Save Inquiry on Work in Iraq
NYTimes November 12, 2006
WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 — Congressional Democrats say they will press new legislation next week to restore the power of a federal agency in charge of ferreting out waste and corruption in Iraq and greatly increase its investigative reach.

The bills, the first of what are likely to be dozens of Democratic efforts to resurrect investigations of war profiteering and financial fraud in government contracting, could be introduced as early as Monday morning.

The move would nullify a Republican-backed provision, slipped into a huge military authorization bill, that set a termination date for the agency, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The agency’s findings have consistently undermined Bush administration claims of widespread success in the reconstruction of Iraq.


11/13/2006 11:28 AM  
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