Friday, June 17, 2005

Another angle on DSM

The focus has been on the rush to war in Iraq -- a topic that has been ignored far too long. It is fine with me if it stays there for a good long time.

But there is another angle here -- one that ought to put another nail in SHrub's coffin when the time comes. As with so much of this sordid mess, it has been hidden in plain sight for some time.

Sayeth once and perhaps future good guy Bob Woodward, from a 2004 60 Minutes about Woodward's hagiography, "Plan of Attack:" :

“Gets to a point where in July, the end of July 2002, they need $700 million, a large amount of money for all these tasks. And the president approves it. But Congress doesn't know and it is done. They get the money from a supplemental appropriation for the Afghan War, which Congress has approved. …Some people are gonna look at a document called the Constitution which says that no money will be drawn from the Treasury unless appropriated by Congress. Congress was totally in the dark on this."

Think about that for a second. Now that everyone finally seems to understand that Iraq was a cock-up from day one; now that Osama has been footloose for almost four years post-9/11; now that a handful of folks in Congress are starting to learn to pronounce that unfamiliar word "Con-sti-tu-tion" -- an in-your-face, explicit statement that Boy Blunder secretly diverted Congressionally earmarked funds from the pursuit of Bin Laden to his family vendetta.

That there's an impeachable offense, people.


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