Tuesday :: Jan 25, 2005

Rice Battered By Senate Dems, Except Joe Lieberman


by Steve

On a day when Condi Rice was battered by Senate Democrats for botching the Iraqi occupation and lying to the American people to get us into a war, we were also reminded that despite claims that there would be investigations and accountability for the Iraqi war crimes committed at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere, Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush have whitewashed and shut down those same investigations. And where the hell are you, John Warner, when you have been lied to over and over again?

First, check out what some centrist Democrats in the Senate said today about Rice:

Too many Republican senators allow Bush's top aides "to get away with lying," said Sen. Mark Dayton, a Democrat who opposed the war and faces reelection next year in the swing state of Minnesota. "Lying to Congress, lying to our committees, and lying to the American people. It's wrong, it's immoral." The only way to stop it, Dayton said, is to keep the administration from promoting officials "who have been instrumental in deceiving Congress and the American people, and regrettably that includes Dr. Rice."

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), a possible presidential candidate in 2008 who voted to authorize the war, said Rice "has been a principal architect of policy errors that have tragically undermined our prospects for success" in Iraq. "The list of errors is lengthy and profound, and unfortunately many could have been avoided if Dr. Rice and others had only listened to the counsel" of lawmakers from both parties. "This is no ordinary incompetence," Bayh said. "Men and women are dying as a result of these mistakes."

And then after you smile at that pointed jab, you can gag at what other Senate Democrats said in kissing Condi’s ass:

A few Democrats also spoke in favor of Rice, including Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and freshman Sen. Kenneth Salazar (Colo.).

Lieberman, speaking on the Senate floor in favor of Rice, said one of her main strengths is that "the world knows that she has the president's trust and confidence." He urged the Senate to "resoundingly endorse this nomination and send the message to friend and foe alike that while we have our disagreements, ultimately what unites us around this very qualified nominee in this hour of war is much greater than what divides us."

Would somebody please tell Joe he can leave the party at any time and that we’ve had enough Zell Millers?

The Post also reported today that the Army has routinely closed investigations against scores of corrupt soldiers without ever bringing them to trial, including cases that involved robbings of Iraqis by US soldiers, and the sexual humiliation of a 73 year-old Iraqi woman by American soldiers. And yet John Warner does nothing.

These crimes took place between mid-2003 and mid-2004 when Condi Rice was in charge of the occupation. Rice through her ineptitude and negligence is as accountable for these crimes, as Rummy is for overseeing them, and Alberto Gonzales is for writing the legal justification for the crimes in the first place. And all of them are endorsed whole-heartedly by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for the next four years.

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