We now have at least one republican in Senate joining the fight with
Democrats to investigate the pre-war intelligence. That Senator is none other
than John McCain:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has emerged as a leading opponent of the
Bush administrationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s policy on interrogating detainees in the war on
terrorism, wants Senate investigators to interview senior administration
officials about their statements regarding the threat posed by Saddam
Hussein before the war.
McCain backed Democratic calls for interviews of top-level administration
officials in an interview last week. But his position is at odds with many
in his party, including Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), whom McCain
may face in the 2008 GOP presidential primary.
Lawmakers facing a difficult reelection in 2006 and have an eye on the
2008 presidential election seem torn between McCain and their party line.
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), a centrist Republican on the Senate Intelligence
Committee who is one of the chamberÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s most vulnerable incumbents, said he
would reserve judgment on whether senior administration officials should
testify before the intelligence panel. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who is
also expected to run for president in 2008, noted that Roberts is his
home-state colleague and deferred comment until he learned more about the
I seriously do not understand why more Senators don’t join in this call. If
the right believes the intelligence was good and not altered by the
administration then they should want to clear this mess up. Instead of leaving a
feel of uncertainty with the American voters, put to rest what did happen. That
is unless they know the intelligence was altered.
I wonder how many more Republicans will join the side of McCain as mid-terms
grow closer. It won’t take that many more before Senate does have a majority
calling for an investigation and a resolution can be passed to set up a
committee to conduct the investigation. Something as serious as this has the
merits for a bi-partisan committee with co-chairs from each party (much like the
Way to go John. Come on over to our side, after all, we are in the majority