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Roberts’ role

April 30, 2006

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To the editor:

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, appears to want to further slow down investigations into whether President Bush lied to Congress and the American people about pre-war intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war. This inquiry had dragged on so slowly (for more than two years) that last November, Democrats forced the Senate into an extraordinary closed-door session. Roberts promised to speed up the probe, but now seems to want to wait till after the critical congressional elections in November.

Before the 2004 presidential elections, Roberts impeded investigations into pre-war intelligence until (supposedly) afterwards. With President Bush's approval ratings now at 32 percent and Republicans in danger of losing the House and Senate, Sen. Roberts seems to be coming to the rescue again.

Remember, the Downing Street minutes and many other reputable sources (high government officials and high ranking officers of the armed services and intelligence departments) are on record as stating that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and that Iraq posed no threat to our national interest. Iraq DOES happen to have lots of oil.

What is Bush so afraid of? What will come out if there is a true investigation of pre-war intelligence? If anyone has taken my country into an unnecessary war in my name, am I alone in wanting to know about it? Sen. Roberts, do your job, do it honestly, do it now or resign!

Daniel Patrick Schamle,

Lawrence

Comments

drewdun 9 years, 2 months ago

Where are the wingers at? Worrying about people singing the national anthem in Spanish rather than 2400 AMERICAN TROOPS DEAD ALONG WITH COUNTLESS IRAQIS, HIGHEST DEFICITS IN US HISTORY, 46 MILLION UNINSURED AMERICANS, GAS $3.00/GALLON, BLATANT CORRUPTION, INCOMPETENCE, AND COVER-UPS AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT ON DOWN, ETC. Oh well, at least we have a 'Christian' man of 'integrity' occupying the White House who can protect us 'Godly Super-Patriots (TM)' in the 'Heartland (TM)' from the gay menace and the brown people.

America America uber Alles

xenophonschild 9 years, 2 months ago

A sad aside, Roberts is from Kansas.

Fortunately, nothing Roberts, or anyone really, can do will save the Republicans this time around. People are just becoming aware that the worst is yet to come.

Jamesaust 9 years, 2 months ago

Watching Roberts delay and delay (or is it Delay and Delay) has been entertaining. It seems clear that there will be no further report as long as Roberts is in charge, which leads to the question why Roberts or any other political lackey of this White House would be in charge of investigating this White House to begin with.

(BTW - this letter's authors breathless, Davinci Code-like assignment of importance to the "Downing Street" memos is unwarranted. These documents both attack and defend the White House -- they attack the hermetically sealed echo chamber of thought in this administration but also refute claims of "lies" by the administration as well. Rather ironic though that such a hermetic seal silencing any contrary opinion would trigger the Greek Hermes, god of borders and boundaries and those who invade them.)

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