Posted by Ryan on November 26, 2006
John Dingle has promised to investigate as much as he possibly can on issues related to energy this coming in January. Halliburton and Cheney are the specific targets. I feel that the Dems have to play to their Liberal base– it plainly funded them to victory three weeks ago. Now, it’s pay back time!
How many old infrastructure companies are there in the United States that can handle rebuilding on the scale of, say, the country of Iraq? Think about it… Ah ha! One. Halliburton. The other company of that scale as of 2004 is ostensibly owned by the Bin Ladin family. Of course, asking only oil and energy companies to have a meeting about, say, “energy” is also a reason to investigate in Obstructionland.
The Dingle article epitomizes what many have feared about a Democrat Congress; endless investigations just to placate their extreme fringe at the expense of our government functioning smoothly during a time of war. That is not to say one cannot investigate wrong-doings, but the Dems are not picky here. If it’s Bush, Cheney, or anyone with an “R” after their name, then they’re a target.
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Posted by Sal on November 26, 2006
I just today stumbled across a week-old column by Charles Krauthammer which is worth a read. In it, Krauthammer examines Iraq, the Bush Doctrine of fighting terror through the spread of Democracy, and the Arab world’s receptiveness to a Democratic state. He examines the causes of failure in Iraq and why the country seems to be crumbling. His answers are far from typical. Krauthammer does not see the need for more troops, nor does he feel the original objective was a mistake. He also does not buy into the notion that the Arab world is not culturally able to accept a democracy. Rather, he looks at the political dynamics of the new Iraqi Government and the Shiite domination over the Sunni’s and Kurds.
Despite what pundits try to say, the war in Iraq is over, and the casualty figure remarkably low. (There were more deaths in post-WWII Germany in 1946-1947 than during the entire war in Iraq). The reconstruction phase of the operation has been hampered tremendously by the lack of stability, and the Krauthammer column attempts to answer why. Definately worth a read.
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