Democrats rightly complained about how long Republicans, led by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., were taking to investigate what went wrong with the prewar intelligence on Iraq. Now, Republicans including Roberts are rightly complaining about how long Democrats are taking on the same Senate Intelligence Committee "Phase II" investigation. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who succeeded Roberts as chairman, said early this year that he wanted the report out by summer. Last week, he said it’s "chugging along very nicely," according to Congressional Quarterly’s CQ Today.
A statement from Roberts’ office cried foul at the apparent double standard: "The Democrats now control both houses of Congress. They are free to conduct whatever investigations they care to conduct. They are free to issue whatever reports they wish to issue. What a difference an election makes. Gone is the outrage. Gone are the smoking guns. And Phase II is nowhere to be found. The only thing different this time around is that nobody seems to care. Why is that?"
Whatever the reason, Americans should demand the vital report sooner rather than any later. Yes, the issue is complex, but three years is long enough.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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