Congress - Professional Time Wasters
Washington Post Staff Writer Dana Milbank writes in The Washington Post today that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld "doesn't do accommodating very well," after he left a hearing before 24 members of the House Armed Services Committee had a chance to question him. In her article, entitled Secretary On the Offensive, Ms. Milbank also complains that Secretary Rumsfeld, before heading off to a hearing in the Senate, refused to give answers to a number of questions.
Questions that were posed by the 'esteemed' members of the House Armed Services Committee included and I paraphrase: How long will the war in Iraq last?; How much will the war cost?; How much will the veterans' benefits cost?; How many insurgents are there in Iraq? What kind of bases will we end up with in Iraq?. Finally Rumsfeld retorted, "There's never been a war that was predictable as to length, casualty or cost in the history of mankind."
Other questions had answers that were classified and the members of the committee should have known that the questions were inappropriate for a public forum.
My point here is that these grand-standing self-indulgent members of congress seem to have nothing better to do with their time than to subject the people coming before them to stupid, inane, unanswerable, even unintelligible questions. They should use their allotted time to ask questions that will enlighten the committee and the nation. If they have nothing to add, sit quietly and listen. Who knows, they might even learn something.
If they have some free time after that and want to ask questions that entail pure speculation they could subpoena a fortune teller and waste her time. Congress should let the Secretary of Defense and others with real jobs get back to work.
Posted by Rick | February 17, 2005 11:24 AM