Faulty Intelligence, Congress, and Steroids

The recent presidential Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction found that the country went into Iraq on intelligence that was "dead wrong" and was still "often unable to gather intelligence on the very things we care about".

The relatively neutered investigation did not delve into how the policy makers (Bush Administration) affected the gathering of intelligence. Despite the findings and the limited inquiry, there is no evidence that Congress will act to look into the matter.

Missouri's senior Senator Kit Bond (R), a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, has already filled in the gap left by the commission on Administration responsibility. He placed much of the blame for the failures on the Clinton Administration. This despite, the Commission's finding that, "Across the board, the intelligence community knows disturbingly little about the nuclear programs of many of the world's most dangerous actors... In some cases, it knows less now than it did five or 10 years ago."

If Senator Bond's poor reading of the report (it says the intelligence community now-under the current Administration- "knows disturbingly little" and states again that in some cases "knows less now") doesn't prove that no Congressional action will be taken then surely the actions of the Republican-led House of Representatives will.

On Thursday, rather than dealing with intelligence shortfalls, the House expanded its inquiry into performance enhancing drugs from just baseball to football, hockey, track and field, soccer and college athletics thereby assuring months of hearings. The House committee looking into the matter cited a concern that young people may be influenced to use the drugs in an effort to emulate sports heroes.

Unmentioned by the committee was the fact that its hearings on steroid use in baseball drew gavel to gavel television coverage piggy-backing on the popularity of stars like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Curt Schilling, among others. For politicians "shilling" for face- space on television this is a gift wrapped up in an American flag and sent from God via Values Express.

Unfortunately for the athletes, Mark McGwire's "I'm not here to discuss the past" entreaty is solely the property of politicians with skeletons in the closet and any reproduction, retransmission, or rebroadcast of that statement without the expressed written consent of politicians is strictly prohibited.

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