Contempt of Congress [Update]

Well, the Bush Administration’s deadline to produce benchmarks for the situation in Iraq passed yesterday. Think Progress notes :

It turns out the administration is willing to do just about anything — including violate the law — to avoid giving Americans a detailed picture of conditions on the ground in Iraq. A Pentagon spokesperson told me today that those Iraq indicators have been “delayed” and that there is currently no specific date set for their release.

We’re more than two years into this thing and still don’t have any way to judge the success or failure of the Bush Administration’s execution of the war. Now that their irresponsibility has legal repercussions, I suggest everyone contact the ranking members of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittees and ask them to demand that Donald Rumsfeld be held in contempt of Congress :

Sen. Daniel Inouye
202-224-6747 (fax)

Rep. John Murtha
202-225-5709 (fax)

Be nice. These are the ranking members, not the committee chairs. We all know that contacting a GOP leader and asking them to hold the Bush Administration accountable for anything is a waste of time. Hopefully these leaders from the “opposition party” will lead this fight in their respective houses.

3 thoughts on “Contempt of Congress [Update]

  1. Rumsfeld has the metrics. Why won’t he release them to Congress? In May he and Gen. Casey were talking about a whole room at the Pentagon devoted to gathering this data. What happened?

  2. Thank you for posting the opportunity to call some attention to this issue. However, my email to Senator Murtha was kicked back with this message:

    Your message
    Subject: It’s been 2 years
    Sent: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 16:06:17 -0400

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