Jun 08, 2004
This Man Will Not Hold Hearings
Duncan Hunter, GOP Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and loyal member of Team DeLay:
Congress should do more to investigate the abuse of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison rather than let the military probe itself, members of Congress in both parties say.
[but not that guy ^]
Democrats have been most vocal in calling for more hearings, especially in the House of Representatives. But they’re joined by some Republicans who say Congress has been slow to respond since the scandal broke in April.
“Our oversight has to take place in front of the American people and the people of the world,” says Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., a former Air Force officer who is on the House Armed Services Committee. “What’s been going on in private briefings should go on in sunlight. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
Congress has a “very specific obligation to look into these issues,” says Rep. Rob Simmons, R-Conn., a former Army intelligence officer and CIA spy.
...The House Armed Services Committee, chaired by California Republican Duncan Hunter, has devoted one public hearing to the subject. No more are scheduled. Hunter calls that an “appropriate amount of time” and says his main job is to take care of troops.
Hunter’s approach contrasts with his counterpart in the Senate, John Warner of Virginia…
GOP Schism Scorecard:
Team John McCain
Sens. McCain, Hagel, Lugar, Graham (?), Warner (?)
Reps. Simmons, Wilson, umm…
Relevant quote: “All we are called upon to do is to not spend our nation into bankruptcy while our soldiers risk their lives. I fondly remember a time when real Republicans stood for fiscal responsibility.” (McCain)
Team Tom DeLay
(Subcaptains Inhofe, Hunter, Hastert)
Relevant quote: “If you want to see sacrifice, John McCain ought to visit our young men and women at Walter Reed [Army Medical Center] and Bethesda [Naval Hospital]. There’s the sacrifice in this country.” (Hastert)
A question to the group: which team is Bush on?
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