CNN brings us this insight into the Democrat strategy to outdo the Republicans in leaving America unprotected. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, caring naught for what's best for her country, but focused on her dislike for Representative Jane Harman Democrat from California, chose Silvestre Reyes of Texas to head the Intelligence Committee satarting in January.
Reyes has his own shady backround that makes him fit the pattern of "open, ethical and honest" government that Pelosi seems intent on foisting upon us. Also, he is not an advocate of securing our borders. However, here is the clincher. Every member of Congress should know who our enemies are and as much about them as possible, especially a representative who has served on the intelligence panel since 2001.
Pelosi described Reyes as having "impeccable national security credentials" (whatever that means to her), and said, "When tough questions are required, whether they relate to intelligence shortcomings before the 9/11 attacks or the war in Iraq, or to the quality on intelligence on Iran or North Korea, he does not hesitate to ask them.'' He may ask them, but he certainly isn't remembering the answers.
When asked by CQ National Security Editor Jeff Stein whether al Qaeda is one or the other of the two major branches of Islam, Sunni or Shiite, Reyes answered "they are probably both," then ventured "Predominantly... probably Shiite." WRONG!
This would be hilarious if it weren't so typical of our government in general. He also could not answer questions put by Stein about Hezbollah, a Shiite group on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations that is based in Southern Lebanon. Asked to describe the Lebanese militant group, Congressional Quarterly said Reyes responded: "Hezbollah. Uh, Hezbollah," and then said, "Why do you ask me these questions at five o'clock?" I guess the terrorists all clock out and go home at 5PM, just like Reyes' brain.
Calls from CNN to Reyes' office asking for reaction to Stein's column have not been returned. They're probably clueless as to where the ringing is coming from. If it were a cash register they would respond.