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February 13, 2006

The Levees are Breaking

Republican underlings all over Washington DC are taking their thumbs out of the dikes protecting this Administration.  And about time!  The first defections are more politically motivated than motivated by principle but it is a start.  Here are a few examples of the Republicans running from their positions at that rabidly partisan, protective dike.

Last week, Representative Heather Wilson (R-NM), who chairs the House subcommittee overseeing the NSA called for a full Congressional inquiry into the Bush administration warrant-less wiretapping program.  Four Senate Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee had voiced concerns but none were in a position to cause the administration damage.  Wilson, who is more conservative than her moderate district and is in a potentially tough fight this year, is a retired Air Force officer and she is in a position to do some damage.  The NYT says, “The congresswoman's discomfort with the operation appears to reflect deepening fissures among Republicans over the program's legal basis and political liabilities.”

Then Senator George Allen of Virginia, the conservatives’ early favorite for Republican nominee for President in 2008, chimes in.  He said yesterday morning on Fox News, “I don't think anybody should be releasing classified information, period, whether in the Congress, executive branch or some underling in some bureaucracy."

A few days ago, Walter Pincus of the Washington Post reported that Paul Pillar, the CIA’s retired national intelligence officer for the Near East and Asia, “is writing an expose in an upcoming issue of the journal of Foreign Affairs that intelligence was 'Misused' to justify war.”  Pillar says in that article that “The administration used intelligence not to inform decision-making, but to justify a decision already made.”

And, remember Katrina and New Orleans, the place where the real levees broke and well over a thousand people died?  Former FEMA Director, Michael Brown, testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee, “dismissed as ‘just baloney’ and ‘a little disingenuous’ claims by agency officials that they didn't know about the severity of the damage until the next day”.

Then the political levees break wide open with the disclosure yesterday of a summary review of a lengthy report by 11 Republican Congressmen.  A Washington Post article says:

The 600-plus-page report lays primary fault with the passive reaction and misjudgments of top Bush aides, singling out Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security Operations Center and the White House Homeland Security Council, according to a 60-page summary of the document obtained by The Washington Post. Regarding Bush, the report found that "earlier presidential involvement could have speeded the response" because he alone could have cut through all bureaucratic resistance.

Once these few have started to run from this administration and its unprincipled and corrupt ways, more will follow.  Watch and see.  This part of our national disaster may actually be fun to watch.   

Posted by Lynn Allen on February 13, 2006 at 11:33 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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Lynn -- this is great to read -- it helps.

And lots more cracks in this wall are appearing. I think a lot about what MLK said : "Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." Believing that is, in a sense, an act of faith. But I do believe it.

Posted by: Noemie Maxwell | Feb 13, 2006 4:58:36 PM

Noemie,

I too have faith that people will ask for justice. And I love that quote.

Posted by: Lynn | Feb 13, 2006 5:09:15 PM

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