I dont usually post in these sections..but thought this was interesting.... http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/10076.htm > > DEMO-CRAVEN > > November 6, 2003 -- AT first glance, the memo just looks like Politics 101 > - the work of a Democratic staffer advising his colleagues on how to gain > partisan advantage over the Republicans. But there's a reason why the > document that leaked on Tuesday from the staff of the Senate Select > Committee on Intelligence is creating a firestorm in Washington. > > Some Democrats desperate to stay on offense in the war over the Iraq war > have now revealed just how nakedly and cynically partisan their line of > attack against the Bush administration has been. > > The document lays out a Machiavellian strategy for the committee's > Democrats to gull, use and then turn on the committee's Republicans. > > It's a fascinating and clever piece of political strategizing. It says, in > essence, that Democrats should con the committee's chairman, Sen. Pat > Roberts (R-Kan.), into cooperating with an aggressive political fishing > expedition. > > Democrats should "pull the majority along as far as we can on issues that > may lead to major new disclosures regarding improper or questionable > conduct by administration officials . . . The fact that the chairman > [Roberts] supports our investigations into these offices and co-signs our > requests for information is helpful and potentially crucial. We don't know > what we will find, but our prospects for getting the access we seek is far > greater when we have the backing of the majority." > > Oh, and they'll do some leaking to reporters, even without proof of > administration wrongdoing. "We can verbally mention some of the intriguing > leads we are pursuing," the memo says - meaning that as part of their > strategy, Democratic staffers are already anticipating the phone calls they > will make to Walter Pincus of The Washington Post and Seymour Hersh of The > New Yorker with all kinds of unsubstantiated innuendo. > > All the while, as they act as though they are working in a bipartisan > fashion with Roberts and the Republicans, Democrats will be preparing to > declare the committee's efforts invalid and politicized. The Democrats, the > memo says, intend eventually to "castigate the majority for seeking to > limit the scope of the inquiry." > > Let's try to follow the logic here. Democrats on the committee are already > planning to invalidate an investigation in which they will serve as active > participants. Sounds nuts, until you find out that what they really want to > do is give themselves political cover to "launch an independent > investigation when it becomes clear we have exhausted the opportunity to > usefully collaborate with the majority." > > The purpose of such an "independent investigation" is purely and simply to > trash Bush in time for the election: "We can pull the trigger on an > independent investigation at any time - but we can only do so once. The > best time to do so will probably be next year." Next year, of course, being > the election year. > > "We have an important role to play in the revealing the misleading - if not > flagrantly dishonest methods and motives - of the senior administration > officials who made the case for a unilateral, preemptive war," the memo > concludes. "The approach outline above seems to offer the best prospect for > exposing the administration's dubious motives and methods." > > Welcome to the world of the prejudged conclusion, in which the purpose of > the investigation is not determining the truth but "exposing the > administration's dubious motives and methods." > > In practical terms, these Democrats have now screwed themselves. Pat > Roberts now knows what his colleagues across the aisle intend, and what > Democratic staffers want to do to him. He has no reason hereafter to serve > as front man for the Democratic fishing expedition. > > But there's a more disturbing aspect to this story than the revelation of > cynical Democratic partisanship. The structure of the Senate Select > Committee on Intelligence is unique, in part to ensure that staffers and > senators do not misuse the classified material to which they are given access. > > That kind of thing happened during the 1970s, when House and Senate > committees really did damage to the nation's intelligence capacity. The > Senate Select Committee was created in the wake of those fiascoes to try to > insulate both senators and staff from the temptation to politicize > intelligence. > > The structure was meant to create a bipartisan approach. As a result, > senators who belong to the Senate's minority party actually have nearly > equal power with the senators in the majority, and - unlike any other > Senate committee - the ranking minority senator actually has the authority > to run the committee when the chairman is away. > > With a few exceptions over the years, the Senate Select Committee has been > an oasis of reason in an increasing polarized and partisan Washington. Not > any more. In their desperate hunger to destroy George W. Bush, they have > destroyed the oasis.