Saturday, September 26, 2009

Republicans: Let the CIA Go!

As Reported in the Washington Post:

"Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said Friday that they will no longer participate in an investigation into the Bush administration's interrogation policies, arguing that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s decision to reexamine allegations of detainee abuse by the CIA would hobble any inquiry....

"Had Mr. Holder honored the pledge made by the President to look forward, not backwards, we would still be active participants in the Committee's review," the ranking Republican on the intelligence panel, Sen. Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, said in a statement. "What current or former CIA employee would be willing to gamble his freedom by answering the Committee's questions?"

"Looking forward" being, in this case, not looking at all. What they are really saying is they will participate in an investigation of their party's management of our national defense, as long as it doesn't investigate anything. That will really accomplish something, huh?

And by the way, Senator Bond, in answer to your question, what former CIA employee would be willing to "gamble his freedom" by answering the committee's questions- only the ones who didn't commit any crimes. You know, Senate committees generally investigate when things went wrong, not when everybody did the right thing. By your logic, we might as well never investigate anything, on the assumption that no criminal is going to tell the truth to Congress.

How about this? Let's give it a try and see what they have to say. Let's not just let them go on the assumption that there is not a single honest American patriot in the entire CIA.

Although, based on past performance, that may well turn out to be the truth.

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