Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Keep Giving 'Em Hell

Raw Story has the fact sheet that the Senate Democrats issued to reporters following Harry Reid's decision to call for a secret session (hand salute to Knit's End).

The fact sheet documents two and a half years of efforts by Senate Democrats to get to the bottom of the Iraq intelligence issue.


Give 'Em Hell, Harry has Senator Reid's statement released yesterday (thanks to Ariadne).
…The record will show that within hours of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, senior officials in this Administration recognized these attacks could be used as a pretext to invade Iraq.

The record will also show that in the months and years after 9/11, the Administration engaged in a pattern of manipulation of the facts and retribution against anyone who got in its way as it made the case for attacking Iraq…

…Unfortunately the unwillingness of the Republican-controlled Congress to exercise its oversight responsibilities is not limited to just Iraq. We see it with respect to the prisoner abuse scandal. We see it with respect to Katrina. And we see it with respect to the cronyism and corruption that permeates this Administration…

… Time and time again, this Republican-controlled Congress has consistently chosen to put its political interests ahead of our national security. They have repeatedly chosen to protect the Republican Administration rather than get to the bottom of what happened and why…

If you get a chance, click over there and read the whole thing.


Religious right neo-icon Rick Santorum appeared on Imus this morning. He ticked off the standard list of anti-Reid talking points, then proceeded to praise Ahmed Chalabi as "one of the best sources of information we had" in the run up to invading Iraq.

Chalabi, who's coming to Washington this month to chum around with Condi Rice and security adviser Stephen Hadley, seems to be back in the administration's neo-graces.

As Arianna points out over at HuffPo, this is the same Ahmad Chalabi who:
- was a prime source of trumped up claims about Saddam's WMD
- bamboozled the Bushies while pocketing $340,000 a month from the US government
- tried to sabotage the UN's efforts to put in place an interim government in Iraq
- helped the White House Iraq Group sell the war by regularly passing faulty intel to Judy Miller
- introduced Curveball, another bogus source on WMD, to the intelligence community
- was accused of spying for the Iranians
- controlled a group of thugs accused of fraud, torture, kidnapping, and misuse of U.S. funds
- was convicted in abstentia of embezzling millions of dollars in Jordan in the 1980s

Which means, of course, that he fits right in with the crowd in the White House.


Look for the Senate GOPers and their echo chamberlains to scream like the Wicked Witch did after Dorothy threw a bucket of water on her.

Unpatriotic, un-American, obstructionist, valueless, shameful, stunt players, defeatists, soft on terror… (you already know the entire list).


Pat Roberts, Republican chairman of the intelligence committee, claimed yesterday that phase II of the Iraq intel investigation will be completed next week. I wonder if they'll try to get away with exonerating the administration of any wrongdoing.

Won't that be a lollapalooza!


  1. Frist:
    "They have no convictions, they have no principles, they have no ideas."

    Frist and convictions in the same sentence -- oh, yeah, looking forward to THAT! And wasn't he running for President in '08?

  2. Standard stuff from them: mantra as public debate.

  3. That's the trouble with politicians. All they have are mantra. Left or right. You can predict what most GOPers or Dems will say on any given issue or action long before they say it, and they all read like they're reading from a script.

    As for Chalabi - looks like as convenient a case of wilfull blindness as I've ever seen. Why did they believe everything Chalabi said? How did Chalabi become their best source on Iraq? Easy - he said what they wanted to hear. That made him the best. It's pathetic.

    I have a feeling we'll be a number of years into the future before we ever know what really happened leading up to Iraq (i.e. before we get a good investigation with apolitical results).

  4. An apolitical investigation is indeed likely to be a decade or so away.


    I will say, though, that statements from former insiders like O'neill (sp?) and Wilkerson sound relatively straightforward.

    (Yeah, Wilkerson used language like "cabal," but heck, sometimes you gotta call things what they are.)

  5. Several points: Chalabi is favored because he has easy access to banks that are relatively opaque. Funds can go in and out without an excessive amount of inconvenient record-keeping.

    Chalabi is also apparently a very well-placed agent for Iran's intelligence ministry. Good heavens, when he flies into Tehran to stay at his luxury villa, they send a chauffeured car for him. A close associate of his, Aras Karim Habib, who was the intelligence chief of the Iraqi National Congress, has been under investigation by at least two different US agencies for passing classified US documents to the Iranians.

    They believed Chalabi because he was telling them what they wanted to hear. Rumors that not all of the $39+ million stayed in his bank accounts aem, of course, rumors.

  6. Man, that Prick Santorum is such a weenie. I watched him last night and thought 'you can't be serious.' Despite all their protests, I couldn't help but notice how they love to cast themselves as victims. "I've never been treated so rudely in my life," Frist said with a smile. Oh, they give me the creeps.


  7. Isn't Santorum the guy who said something to the effect that tolerance of homosexuals in Boston (or liberalism generally) was responsible for the priest pedophilia scandal? The guy is a nut.

  8. Rick Man-on-Dog Santorum is a walking, talking illustration of the modern GOP party. Fortunately his poll numbers are somewhere south of out-of-office so come next year we won't have him to kick around anymore. It was fun while it lasted :-)

    Can you believe Frist's statement?! What a weenie cry baby! Gawwwwwd. He looked like a damn fool, blathering on about being bitch-slapped by Harry Reid.

    1 Shari's Berries gift basket to Harry Reid: $53.00

    Knocking Frist and the GOP on their collective asses: Priceless

  9. Yeah, Frist pretty much came across like a petulant child.

    Here's a question to the gallery: do you think the timing of the secret session was in any way influenced by the Alito nomination? If there is enough rancor in the Senate, that nomination process is going to slow to a standstill.

  10. Scott,

    Is that not kind of like asking if Mister Bush's timing of the flu speech was influenced by the Libby indictment?

    Gooses and Ganders, and all that.

  11. Yeah, well I think the timing of the Flu speech WAS influenced by the indictment. In fact, I think the attempt to create a panic over the bird flu might have something to do with the indictment :)

    But I don't know about the secret senate session. Could be that it had to do with the Alito nomination to some degree, but seems just as likely that it didn't.

  12. I definitely think the secret session was brought about by Libby's indictment. Five felony counts against the Veep's Veep emboldened the Democrats to finally challenge the War Juntas with difinitive proof of White House misconduct -- Libby's indictment was the leverage they needed to break the lock on Pandora's Box. Imagine what we'll see inside....

    Shorter: the GOP got punked.

  13. Libby's indictment had to play into it, but I wonder if Reid was also showing Frist what could happen if he played the "nuclear option" card against a potential Alito filibuster.

    Reid is known for his parliamentary skills, and threatened to bring the Senate to a standstill the last time there was such talk.

  14. Cap,

    I'll admit the timing was good. What we'll see inside the box is hard to imagine. Roberts and the GOPers still control the committee. Think they'll back down when they ask for documents and the WH tells them to pack sand?


    He did say he'd do it every day if he had to, didn't he?