Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I'm Just Wild About Harry

I am even prouder than usual to be a Democrat today.

Just an hour ago, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) forced the Senate into a secret, closed-door session to question the bogus intelligence used to start the Iraq war.

Reid invoked Senate Standing Rule 21, which says "On a motion made and seconded to close the doors of the Senate, on the discussion of any business which may, in the opinion of a Senator, require secrecy, the Presiding Officer shall direct the galleries to be cleared; and during the discussion of such motion the doors shall remain closed."

Reid made the motion and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) seconded.

Here's Reid in making his floor statement:

"Libby is the first sitting White House staffer to be indicted in 135 years. This indictment raises very serious charges. It asserts this Administration engaged in actions that both harmed our national security and are morally repugnant. The decision to place U.S. soldiers in harm’s way is the most significant responsibility the Constitution invests in the Congress. The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really about: how the Administration manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to destroy those who dared to challenge its actions.

"We demand that the Intelligence Committee and other committees in this body with jurisdiction over these matters carry out a full and complete investigation immediately as called for by Democrats in the committee’s annual intelligence authorization report. Our troops and the American people have sacrificed too much. It is time this Republican-controlled Congress put the interests of the American people ahead of their own political interests."
Yeah, Baby!

Surprised Republicans whined about Reid's move, which is about the only thing the minority party can do without a vote.

"The United States Senate has been hijacked by the Democratic leadership," said Majority Leader Bill Frist. "They have no convictions, they have no principles, they have no ideas," the Republican leader said.

You're going to have a lot more to whine about in the coming days, Frist. This is just another brick out of the wall for the Bush Crime Family.

Let's just hope that the other Democratic Senators have the backbone to stand behind their leader.