Henry Waxman’s Orwellian-named Oversight and Government Reform Committee served Condoleezza Rice with a subpoena today, to testify on “what she knew about administration’s warnings, later proven false, that Iraq had sought uranium from Niger for nuclear arms.”
Where to begin. Actually, as we’ve pointed out many times, the weight of the evidence is that Iraq did, in fact, try to buy uranium from Niger. Beyond that, what President Bush actually said in his State of the Union speech–the famous “sixteen words”–was indisputably true. And beyond that, who cares?
This is another instance of the Democrats’ crazed attempt to govern by subpoena. They are determined to dredge up and re-fight every battle of the last six years; this, apparently, is what they think the voters elected them to do. I think they’re wrong, and that most people have little interest in seeing these hoary arguments resurrected one last–we hope–time. It is hard to imagine a less productive use of Henry Waxman’s time. Well, let me rephrase that; it’s hard to imagine a less productive use of Rice’s time, which is actually valuable.
I don’t know much about the ins and outs of executive privilege, but I wouldn’t think Rice will agree to testify. Maybe that’s the Dems’ plan. Still, it’s hard not to wish that, just once, a representative of the Bush administration would stand up to the Democrat bullies and make some coherent points.
Like, in this case, that the CIA told the Bush administration with a “high level” of confidence that Saddam was trying to acquire nuclear weapons; that the British still stand by their report that Saddam was looking for uranium in Africa; that Joe Wilson told the CIA that the former Prime Minister of Niger told him that he believed the Iraqi delegation was looking for yellowcake; that no one ever relied on those stupid forged documents.
I know, it’s much too late to matter. I feel like an old Confederate soldier wishing that Longstreet had just gotten going and launched that damned attack. Still, just once, it would be nice to see someone from the administration stand up for herself.
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