Thursday, March 8, 2007

Walter Reed and Bush's "Bi-partisan" Committee

I was amazed to hear former Clinton administration official Donna Shalala on The Newshour last night say that she and former Senator Bob Dole were going to conduct an "impartial" investigation of the Walter Reed mess. Is she kidding? Whenever Bush wants to deflect attention from his personal and administrative failings, he appoints a commission, ostensibly with some Democrats as members. See, for example, the Iraq Study Group commission. Then after the smoke has cleared, Bush simply ignores suggestions from his commission that he does not like. So how could any Democrat or other reasonable person go along with this charade which at its sole raison d'etre provides Bush cover?

On The Newshour's follow-up interview, Judy Woodruff did a thorough and commendable job in questioning Sens. Patty Murray and Lindsay Graham on the Senate's investigation of the scandal.

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