Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Closed door madness

This afternoon, the Democratic leadership undertook the task of holding a closed door session to discuss pre-war Intelligence. Talk about a timely session! It gets better than that. Senator Harry Reid, the co-minority leader, used the indictment of Scooter Libby as reasoning for the session. "The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really all about, how this administration manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to destroy those who dared to challenge its actions," his royal baldness said. The problem here is that Reid has chosen to glance over certain germane points. I can easily admit that potential WMD possesion was a terrible reason to go to war, but it certainly wasn't the sole reason. However, the time for that debate has long since ended, it's not going to change the fact that Saddam will hang and Iraq is free. The next point to ponder is whether Valerie Plame was 1) actually a covert CIA operative or 2) responsible for her husband, Joe Wilson, going to Nigeria to sip tea and not get any hard answers. Her life clearly wasn't ruined by any of this, nor was Wilson's. From what I can tell the only person getting shafted is Judith Miller, and she was already in a downward spiral because of the WMD mess. Now consider the fact that a Senate panel has already discredited much of Wilson's post-Nigeria reporting, something where Reid probably should have been present. At the very least, Reid should have a copy of the report, which certainly discredits much of the basis for today's closed door session. Finally, if Reid were serious about getting to the bottom of anything, why would he have a closed door session? It occurs to me that a closed door session does absolutely nothing for the Democrats and everything for Republicans. If something devastating is to come out in such a session that could be of detriment to the right, it stands to reason that Democrats would want as many members of the public there to bear witness. However, Reid has chosen to close the doors and dim the lights. To me it means that something embarassing may come out that could hurt Reid or some member of his party. Oh well, it isn't my problem when silly people do silly things, but if my taxes are paying for it, I should at least be able to jab somebody in the eye for this lunacy.


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