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They lie to us…

Posted by Brian on April 26, 2007

I suppose I shouldn’t be all that shocked and disappointed about the news that the Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman stories are absolute frauds. I was never naive enough to think that the military wouldn’t spin both those stories to their advantage, but I never imagined the extent to which they would just make shit up and lie to the American people. I’m disappointed.

The ray of light in this whole cloudy mess is that these congressional investigations show that our government is one step closer to working the way it’s supposed to. Glenn Greenwald writes:

So why is Congress holding hearings to investigate these matters only now?

The answer, of course, is because the Republicans who controlled Congress for the last four years absolutely suppressed any attempt whatsoever to exert oversight on the administration. They not only investigated nothing, they aggressively blocked every real investigation into allegations of wrongdoing and corruption on the part of the administration. Our government literally ceased to function the way it is designed to, because Congressional Republicans deliberately abdicated their duty of checks on the executive and actively helped to conceal every improper and deceitful act.

The only reason any of this is being aired now is because the American people removed the President’s party from control of Congress and they are no longer able to keep concealed the Bush administration’s misconduct.

Right-wing partisans may be unhappy, but for those who, you know, care about trivial details like congressional oversight and checks and balances it’s a welcome relief. I hope the congressional dems continue to fulfill their duties even if the donkeys win 2008.


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