Wednesday :: May 19, 2004

Senate Hearings Today


by Mary

The Senate Armed Committee is holding public hearings. KQED will spend the day airing the hearings which today have General John Abizaid, Lt General Ricardo Sanchez and Major General Geoffrey Miller (recently named head of Abu Ghraib after his stint at Guantanamo) appearing before the Senators.

It looks like Rumsfeld's lobbying of his friends is paying off with some Republicans. The House Armed Committee chairman, Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) issued a report saying that the Senate hearings are liable to damage the war effort. Hunter is not the only Republican who is making this charge, but is joined by Tom DeLay and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX). Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld had breakfast with a dozen Republicans on Tuesday, including Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), the junior Senator from Texas, where it was reported Rumsfeld indicated he was "frustrated by the workload being imposed by the prisoner abuse case".

Senator John Warner (R-VA) is going forward with his investigations, with the full support of John McCain (R-AZ) and the Senate leader, Bill Frist (R-TN). Kudos to the patriotic Republicans that realize this isn't just something to sweep under the rug while Rumsfeld goes on his merry way. The prison abuse was Rumsfeld's responsibility and no one will believe the US has any moral standing left unless there is some concerted effort to bringing real justice.

Mary :: 8:15 AM :: Comments (8) :: Digg It!