Saturday, Nov 11, 2006, 9:07 am
Henry Waxman: So Much Bush Wrongdoing, So Little Time
The Democratic congressman who will investigate the Bush administration’s running of the government says there are so many areas of possible wrongdoing, his biggest problem will be deciding which ones to pursue.via georgia10 at dailykos
There’s the response to Hurricane Katrina, government contracting in Iraq and on homeland security, decision-making at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and allegations of corporate profiteering, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., told the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
In contrast to the many investigations the GOP launched of the Clinton administration, “when Bush came into power there wasn’t a scandal too big for them to ignore,” Waxman said.
Among the issues that should have been investigated but weren’t, Waxman contended, were the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, the controversy over the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame’s name, and the pre-Iraq war use of intelligence.
But Waxman said in an interview that investigating those issues now might not serve any purpose. “It’s obvious the intelligence was wrong and the administration cherry-picked intelligence. ... Those failures are obvious. I don’t know what would be gained by going over some of those areas,” he said.