Kansas Republicant Senator Pat Roberts (not to be confused with bloodthirsty televangelist Pat Robertson) has got the president’s back. And he’s a thorn in the side of democracy. And I’d like to put my foot up his ass.
As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC), Roberts is the man in charge of the body that would, if it were willing to do so, investigate most of Bush’s impeachable offenses:
Lying to Congress about when and why he decided to invade Iraq
Eschewing statutory requirements about getting FISA approval for wiretaps no later than 72 hours after the taps
The investigation of pre-war intelligence on Iraq has been long-stalled by Mr. Roberts. It was underway before the ‘04 election, but slowed to protect the president’s reelection bid, and will likely still be in progress come November ’06 to protect the president’s party.
Now, despite the initial objections of many Republicants, SIC has decided not to pursue any investigation of the illegal NSA wiretaps.
Instead, they’ve come to an agreement with the White House – and I use the term “agreement” ironically because it was all on Bush’s terms – to give the president more leeway in exchange for a little more oversight by Congress.
In other words: We'll forget about what you’ve already done wrong, but we’ll keep a bit closer tabs on you in the future.
The president has broken the law many times; that makes him a criminal, plain and simple. All his enablers in Congress (especially the SIC ones) are his accomplices as far as I’m concerned.
Yes, many Democrats voted to go to war with Iraq. But it’s not they who’ve been thwarting legitimate investigations of myriad wrongdoings since.
No consequences. No accountability. No rules for the mighty. Sounds like a dictatorship to me – no shit.
Thank you so very much, Mr. Roberts. Your disservice to this country shall not be forgotten.