Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Times "Coverage" of invoking of Rule 21 by Dems...

...and, reportedly, the speech made by Reid in closed session (ergo, Rule 21). No, I have no idea how Democrats.com got this, and I can't vouch for it, but the topic of the closed session is known.

I guess the Times would call this partisan -- it's just about forcing the Senate to actually finish the report it promised to make and then shelved. You know, that's all, a report on the run-up to Iraq, etc. No big deal.

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Blogger GodlessMom said...

It was fun watching that unfold yesterday. I hope something actually comes of it.

Off topic, My husband was in New Orleans last week and took some photos. I've posted them on my blog today if you guys are interested.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:01:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Absolutely! We'll check it out and link to it.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:05:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Anything that's a "slap in the face" to Frist has to be good. I'd like to slap him a few times myself.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:09:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

For those Republicans who believe that this was a "stunt" and that Sen. Roberts was doing his job, here's a timeline of the attempts Dems had made up to this point that were ignored. To hear Roberts come out and claim that the closed session agreement was something he had planned all along - doesn't pass the laugh test:

March 14, 2003 - Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Mueller requesting an investigation into the origin of the Niger documents.

May 23, 2003 - Senators Roberts and Rockefeller sent a letter to the CIA and State Department Inspectors General to review issues related to the Niger documents.

June 2, 2003 - Senator Rockefeller issued a press release endorsing a statement made of the previous weekend by Senator Warner calling for a joint SSCI/SASC investigation.

June 4, 2003 - Senator Rockefeller issued a press release saying he would push for an investigation. Senator Roberts issued a press release saying calls for an investigation are premature.

June 10, 2003 - Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts asking for an investigation.

June 11, 2003 - All Committee Democrats signed a letter to Senator Roberts asking for a meeting of the Committee to discuss the question of authorizing an inquiry into the intelligence that formed the basis for going to war.

June 11, 2003 - Senator Roberts issued a press release saying this is routine committee oversight, and that criticism of the intelligence community is unwarranted. Senator Rockefeller issued a press release calling the ongoing review inadequate.

June 20, 2003 - Senators Roberts and Rockefeller issued a joint press release laying out the scope of the inquiry.

August 13, 2003 - Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts making 14 points about the investigation, asking to expand the inquiry to address the "use of intelligence by policy makers" and asking for several other actions.

September 9, 2003 - After press reports quoting Senator Roberts as saying the investigation was almost over, Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts urging him not to rush to complete the investigation prematurely.
October 29, 2003 - Senators Roberts and Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Tenet expressing in strong terms that he should provide documents that have been requested and make individuals available.

October 30, 2003 - Senators Roberts and Rockefeller sent letters to Secretaries Rumsfeld and Powell, and National Security Advisor Rice expressing in strong terms that they should provide documents that have been requested and make individuals available.

October 31, 2003 - Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Tenet asking for documents related to the interaction between intelligence and policy makers, including the documents from the Vice President's office related to the Powell speech.

November 2, 2003 - Senator Roberts made statements during a joint television appearance with Senator Rockefeller claiming that the White house would provide all documents they jointly requested.

December 5, 2003 - Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to National Security Advisor Rice asking for her help getting documents and access to individuals.

January 22, 2004 - Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Director Tenet asking for compliance with the Oct. 31 request for documents.

February 12, 2004 - Senators Roberts and Rockefeller issued a joint press release announcing the Committee's unanimous approval of the expansion of the Iraq review, to include use of intelligence in the form of public statements, and listing other aspects of what became Phase II.

March 23, 2004 - Senator Rockefeller sent yet another letter to Director Tenet asking for compliance with the Oct. 31 request for documents.

June 17, 2004 - Senators Roberts and Rockefeller joint press release announcing the unanimous approval of the report.

July 16, 2004 - Committee Democrats sent a letter to Bush asking for the one page summary of the NIE prepared for Bush. The Committee staff had been allowed to review it but could not take notes and the Committee was never given a copy.

February 3, 2005 - Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts outlining Committee priorities for the coming year and encouraging completion of Phase II.

August 5, 2005 - Senator Rockefeller sent a letter to Senator Roberts expressing concern over the lack of progress on Phase II and calling for a draft to be presented to the Committee at a business meeting in September.

September 29, 2005 - All Committee Democrats joined in additional views to the annual Intelligence Authorization Bill criticizing the lack of progress on Phase II.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:23:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

All those facts, Paul...can't you just have faith in Our Leader, Senate or Otherwise?

Also, any word on whether the Reid speech is for real? I balk at democrats.com; it's a reflex.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 9:09:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...


DN! on this
; RealPlayer.

Other options here.

I'm so upset that Frist is so affronted! Dick. This SEC-investigated dude can't trust Reid? Uh-huh.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Calling Reid's move a "stunt" is hilarious coming from Mr. "Lets pass a law for one individual" Frist, who also saw fit to diagnose a patient from the House floor.

Laughable.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 5:21:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I also love how Frist took the entire thing as a personal affront. I mean, why not rent a sign saying, "I am too psychologically weak and narcissistic to be a Senator, let alone president."

Even if you accept the GOP line, and I don't, the personalization of it is just pathetic. Of course, they tend to personalize everything: terrorism = Bin Laden; evil = Saddam; culture of life = Schiavo. And so forth.

Yes, historiography is critical in daily life! The Great Man/Woman Theory just doesn't cut it. As Chomsky pointed out re: Rosa Parks -- she was part of a movement that sustained her; she wasn't some lone actor on a stage.

So, yes, the left (liberal left) makes that mistake, too; natural and logical outcome of an overly individualistic view of behavior and history.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005 6:57:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Paul,

You are right, for Bill - “I can diagnose a patient by video and tell that she’s one Pilates class away from joining the cast of Cats” – Frist to call this a stunt is completely laughable. Not to mention that his master pretended to land an aircraft and then paraded around in a borrowed flight suit. What is that if not the DEFINITION of a stunt?

Thursday, November 03, 2005 8:43:00 AM  

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