What’s a Hezbollah?

by Mike on December 12, 2006

in Politics

Nancy Pelosi’s choice for Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, failed a pop quiz given to him by Congressional Quartrly’s Jeff Stein. The Democrats’ best candidate for the job couldn’t describe Hezbollah, even though the terrorist group dominated the headlines during this summer’s conflict between Israel and Lebanon. In addition, he mistakenly believed that most members of Al Qaeda are Shi’ite Muslims. It’s pretty sad that this is the best the Democrats have to offer.

Nancy Pelosi had quite a few options available to her when she had to select a Chairman for the House Intelligence Committee. Or did she? Jane Harman, the woman who was next in line lacked a certain insanity that Democrats seem to value these days. More importantly, the San Francisco Treat didn’t really like Harman. That was the deal-breaker.

Pelosi’s second option, Alcee Hastings, wasn’t that bad. That is if you don’t consider the fact he was impeached and removed from the bench for taking bribes. Let’s just say America wasn’t quite ready for an impeached judge running the committee handling state secrets. Even Pelosi’s fellow Democrats balked at this selection.

I’m usually not a fan of reporters trying to show up politicians with stunts like this one. In fairness to Reyes, Stein is clearly in love himself and was looking for a headline at Reyes’ expense. Not every leader will or should have to know every detail about terrorist organizations, especially those whose expertise is in other issues. However, Stein’s questions were pretty basic for a member of the Intelligence Committee, especially someone who will lead it. It’s not like he asked Reyes for the name of Uzbekistan’s Prime Minster. The most qualified person the Democrats have to monitor the intelligence on our enemies doesn’t seem to know who the enemies are. What a deep bench these Democrats have.

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Ryan December 13, 2006 at 7:50 pm

Some have cited the fact that President Bush did not know the name of Pervez Musharref back in 2000 when he ran for President as a defense against Reyes’ apparent incompitence. Difference being that we weren’t at war with Pakistan and HAVE been at war for five years against al Qaeda.

You can only blame Reyes so much for being dumb here– one can always blame Pelosi for sticking by her man in this case given the obvious alternatives. But I would sleep better at night with Harmon chairing the committee.

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