Monday, March 26, 2007

Good point

Joan Walsh over at Salon has a blog and it's turning out to be a pretty good one (although still a bit behind Glenn Greenwald and The War Room). She recently wrote about those who complain that the Democrats are too investigatory.
I'm sure most Democrats, and even some Republicans, would like the new governing majority to pass meaningful legislation. I know I would. But let's be honest: Democrats have only narrow majorities in the House and, especially, in the Senate. That means getting serious legislation passed will be a big challenge; getting it signed by the president (or passed by veto-proof majoritiesjavascript:void(0)
Publish) will be near-impossible on any controversial issue. Their investigative authority is one of the only reliable powers the majority gives Democrats right now.

And there's plenty to investigate: obstruction of justice and perjury in the U.S. attorneys firing; the abandonment of wounded vets at Walter Reed and elsewhere (and the deployment of wounded vets back to Iraq or to training camps, as Mark Benjamin most recently revealed); NSA spying; secret prisons; torture; the outing of an undercover CIA agent; Hurricane Katrina; bad or falsified intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in the run up to war in Iraq; war profiteering; I'm surely forgetting something important.
Right on! She's totally correct.

I'd also like to point out that many of those wringing their hands over our investigations are Republicans who might just have an ulterior motive for doing so.

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