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Why we Need all the Oversight we can Muster

The Bush general theory of government to paraphrase Johnson, 'patriotism (or hiding behind a war on terrorism) is the last refuge of the scoundrel', covers such a wide area of abuse, that most sane and naturally sceptical people have long ago stopped being shocked. Nevertheless, here are few of the most recent egregious examples, under this administration in juxtaposition, provided by hilzoy of Obisdian Wings, The first story:

Korean War veteran Nyles Reed, 75, opened an envelope last week to learn a Purple Heart had been approved for injuries he sustained as a Marine on June 22, 1952.

But there was no medal. Just a certificate and a form stating that the medal was "out of stock."

The form letter from the Navy Personnel Command told Reed he could wait 90 days and resubmit an application, or buy his own medal.

The Pentagon, after some deliberation, prefered not to spend 42 dollars to buy a 'Purple Heart' medal for one of it's wounded veterans, since it had higher priorities in the military food chain, that must be rubber stamped, with all speed and delivery.
Now the Second story:

A small South Carolina parts supplier collected about $20.5 million over six years from the Pentagon for fraudulent shipping costs, including $998,798 for sending two 19-cent washers to an Army base in Texas, U.S. officials said..``The majority, if not all of these parts, were going to high-priority, conflict areas -- that's why they got paid,'' Stroot said. If the item was earmarked ``priority,'' destined for the military in Iraq, Afghanistan or certain other locations, ``there was no oversight.''


I'm sure there was a screw loose in the Pentagon, but it they can't be be rectified by these costly purchases. Now the Pentagon policy of dispensing with oversight, because it had other priorities, perhaps, can not entirely be laid at the door of the Oval Office, but this next juxtaposition certainly can.

The Ashcroft/Gonzales hospital confrontration is really a stake in the heart or the guts of this administration, that at times doesn't even appear to have respect for the sick of their own. I had always thought that to visit an ailing patient was one of the most christian and charitable of virtues. But for the present White House, politics, even when it means taking advantage of illness, trumps over such civilized courtesies as thinking first and foremost about the health and care of a sick patient. In this case, even more because as the Attorney General you are now talking about the exercise of your duties as counsel to the President with a former Attorney General.

hilzoy again contrasts Gonzales' version of his famous hospital visit to Ashcroft with the Director of the FBI, Mueller, who was functioning almost as as stenographer at the evening meeting. First, Gonzales' testimony:

"Obviously, there was concern about General Ashcroft's condition, and we would not have sought, nor did we intend to get any approval from General Ashcroft if in fact he wasn't fully competent to make that decision," Mr. Gonzales testified.

"When we got there, I would just say that Mr. Ashcroft did most of the talking. We were there maybe five minutes, five or six minutes. Mr. Ashcroft talked about the legal issues in a lucid form."

Now Mueller's notes,which he wrote a few minutes after the hospital meeting" AG in chair; is feeble, barely articulate, clearly stressed."

The typewritten notes, heavily censored before, were turned over to the 'House Judiciary Committee'.

Who do you believe is lying."Don't recall" Gonzales who Bush describes as 'honest and honorable', 'who will tell the truth to Congress' in Bush's words, or everyone else in that hospital room?



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Comments (8)

kim:

You know, of course, that Comey could have prevented the whole scene by being more forthcoming with his objection. This is a tempest in a teapot, but typical, since it's about all Schumer has left.
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Allen:

Comey was the acting AG, so why did the lapdogs have to go to the hospital to see Ashcroft? And from the FBI's notes, sounds like Gonzo was lying again.

But I sure love the SPIN and misdirection that is being handed out to the public. Just gotta love those 20% er's, don't you?

kim:

Because Comey delayed letting anyone know for a week that he wasn't going to approve the program. When he finally told someone that it was a decision he and Ashcroft had made a week earlier, it was necessary to check that this loose cannon wasn't acting alone.

This was the night before the bombings in Spain. It is a measure of how hopeless Schumer's quest for Gonzales's scalp has become that this story keeps getting pushed. If the true facts of the hospital visit are made public, as a Presidential candidate may do, then Comey will look like the backstabbing weasel he is. Keep pushing this story; it looks good to you, but is treacherous. Because Comey was treacherous.
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superdestroyer:

The Democrats lost all ability to call for oversight when Harry Reid refused to schedule committee hearings on the immigration reform proposals. When such as major change was proposed, every committee on Capital Hill should have hearings for a month on how open borders and unlimited immigration would affect everything from education to crime to transportation.

Yet, the desire of the Democrats to create a huge new class of automatic Democratic Party voters caused the Democrats in Congress to refuse any oversight.

Sorry, hold hearings on all proposals or just shut up.

jeff:

Awwwwwwww superdestroyer doesn't like the democrats doing the EXACT same thing that the republicans did for the last several years. Get used to it buddy.....you are going to have many many more years of a democrat controlled government.

kim:

Reckless Democratic oversight on the probity of this administration has produced a predictable result; hoi polloi thinks Congress is out to lunch.

Don't count on Americans not preferring that Republicans keep us safe and Democrats keep the Republicans' feet to the fire.
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superdestroyer:

Jeff,

the only question for middle class and blue collar whites in the U.S. is what country should they immigrate to after the Democratic Party turns the entire country into something resembling Anacostia, West Baltimore, East L.A., etc?

kim:

The sickest places for education are the deepest blue of the cities. That's where we start.
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