Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has done everything he has been able to cover up the Bush administration’s misdeed and lies. Apparently Roberts has carried the White House water a bit too far.
The L. A. Times has opined that:
“THAT THE UNITED STATES Senate has a body called the Intelligence Committee is an irony George Orwell would have truly appreciated. In a world without Doublespeak, the panel, chaired by GOP Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, would be known by a more appropriate name — the Senate Coverup Committee.”
Laura Rozen, at War and Piece, excerpts a Washington Post report of how Roberts derailed a committee vote on a motion by ranking democrat Jay Rockefeller, of W. VA, that the committee begin an inquiry into the Bush administration’s illegal spying. And that Republican senators Olympia Snow, of Maine, and Chuck Hagel, of Nebraska,
informed White House Water Boy Roberts of their intentions to vote for the Rockefeller motion.
Rozen also reports that even Roberts’ home state newspapers are getting into the act.
The Witchita Eagle has opined that:
“.. From Abu Ghraib abuses to secret CIA detainee prisons to the Valerie Plame affair, critics say, Roberts has become a dependable shill for the White House, ever ready to shield Bush policy from criticism and ever willing to compromise Congress’ legitimate oversight role.”
From a Kansas City Star columnist:
“But there was some good news for this president. Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, Intelligence Committee chairman, promised harsher punishment for leakers. Why investigate scandal when you can sweep it under the rug — right, Senator?”