20 September 2006

The Daily Show meets the Senate

Senator Harry Reid and Dick Durbin play Q&A on the Senate floor. This occurred immediately after Majority Leader Frist cast the blame for the "Do Nothing Congress" on the Democrats (you know, the minority party). Rarely can anything that occurs on the Senate floor be described as "hilarious" but this is one of those cases.

A partial transcript:
Mr. REID. Mr. President, for more than 3 years, this Congress, which has been given the name of the ``do-nothing Congress,'' has turned a blind eye to the intractable war in Iraq, ignoring the administration's many mistakes and allowing it to stay on a failed course.

Here we are, with 6 days left in the 109th Congress, and the Republicans, who control the House and Senate and the White House, have not held one hearing--not one--into the President's wartime failures. During the Civil War, President Lincoln was faced continually with oversight hearings by his Congress. Of course, we know during World War II, there were a number of commissions. The most famous was that conducted by Senator Harry Truman of Missouri, which led to his becoming Vice President. Some say, but for that he would not have been chosen as Vice President. What was the Truman Commission? It was to determine what was going on with World War II. Was money being wasted? Were troop levels right? Korean war hearings were also held, and the same for the Vietnam war. But for this war, none--even though this war has taken longer than it took to settle the differences in the European theater in World War II. Soon it will be the same amount of time that we were able to beat Japan.

This Republican Congress has wasted 20 months on horse slaughtering; the Schiavo case, dealing with someone's personal relationship, which should not even have been before this body; gay marriage; the nuclear option; flag burning; repealing the estate tax. But they could not find a day for some time to look at the President's mistakes, missteps, and misconduct, which have hurt American security and plunged Iraq into a civil war--not a day.

Yesterday's Washington Post newspaper brought the latest indictment of the Bush incompetence in Iraq, in a front-page story entitled ``Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq.'' [. . ]
..... applicants didn't need to be experts in the Middle East or in post-conflict reconstruction. What seemed most important was loyalty to the Bush administration.

Here are some of the questions that were asked of the applicants: ``Did you vote for George W. Bush in 2000?'' They even asked questions about how the applicant felt about Roe v. Wade. People being interviewed for purposes of helping rebuild war-damaged Iraq were asked questions on Roe v. Wade. The questions had nothing to do with one's competence, their educational background, or their experience.

A 24-year-old who had never worked in finance--but had applied for a White House job--was sent to reopen Baghdad's stock exchange. The daughter of a prominent neoconservative commentator and a recent graduate from an evangelical university for home-schooled children were tapped to manage Iraq's $13 billion budget, even though they didn't have a background in accounting.

Mr. President, this picture says it all. Here is Paul Bremmer. [...] on his throne--on his throne. He is on a throne surrounded by Iraqis.

Mr. DURBIN. Will the Senator yield for a question?

Mr. REID. I will be happy to yield for a question.

Mr. DURBIN. Can the Senator refresh my memory? Was Mr. Bremmer the recipient of a gold medal or something from the President? Didn't he receive some high decoration or medal for his performance in Iraq?

Mr. REID. The answer is, yes, he received that. I assume one would expect that from somebody who had a throne while he was over there.

Mr. DURBIN. Isn't it also true that George Tenet, who was responsible for the intelligence that was so bad that led us into the war in Iraq, got a medal from the President the same day?

Mr. REID. That is true.

Mr. DURBIN. Did Michael Brown with FEMA receive a gold medal from the White House before he was dismissed?

Mr. REID. I don't think he did. Even though he was doing a heck of a job, I don't think he obtained a medal from the White House.

Mr. DURBIN. Apparently, these gold medals were being awarded for incompetence. They missed Mr. Brown, but they did give one to Mr. Bremmer.

Mr. DURBIN. Will the Senator yield for another question?

Video here.

1 comment:

  1. That is an awesome exchange. I suppose I wish it could have come in time to do something rather than in time to campaign on it.

    Still, these evil bastards have to be thrown out. Amazing. I know its an old song, but remember Clinton. Remember the hell he got for putting young people in staffing jobs at the white house. Can you fricking imagine if he'd sent an unqualified person overseas? Can you imagine?

    I hate the liberal media.


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