Skip to comments.Next Chairman for Intelligence (Reyes) Opposed War
Posted on 12/02/2006 9:59:45 AM PST by FairOpinion
Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming House speaker, sent a strong new signal on Friday that Democrats intend to confront the White House by naming a Texas congressman who opposed the war in Iraq as the next chairman of the House intelligence committee.
Mrs. Pelosi chose him over Ms. Harman in part because he has repeatedly taken a more combative stance toward Bush administration policies like the invasion of Iraq, military tribunals for terrorist suspects, and the National Security Agencys domestic surveillance program.
Mr. Reyes voted against authorizing President Bush to go to war with Iraq, and in June he said that the failures in Iraq cry out for oversight.
In September, Mr. Reyes blasted the White Houses justifications for the National Security Agency wiretapping program.
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I hope those who voted in the Dems take note. Elections matter.
I heard a Democrat saying this today on MSNBC, of all places; this guy is anti-war and he's one of Nancy's boys. The guy said he will be a LOT more outspoken about the war and the CIA than Jane would have been.
Of course, we all know he won't criticize the CIA, per se; it's all going to be about George W. Bush. After all, they only have two years to try to finish him off.
The Dems entire purpose is indeed to keep attacking President BUsh to weaken the Republicans, to set themselves up for a win in 2008, they don't care what it does to the country.
They think the vicious antiwar stance won them Congress in 2006, so they will continue it and become even more shrill -- watch for hearings after hearings for the next two years.
Many people warned this will happen if the Dems take over and they were right.
Good, we need a more public airing on that issue. We win that one hands down and it's a nice opportunity to draw a strak contrast.
He won't be able to change it as a Committee Chair but he'll certainly put that face on the democrat party.
Yeppers...Nancy managed to find a person to accomplish 2 things...
One...to get Jane Harman out..(Nancy is not to be denied being the 'main woman' in the House)..
And....to get an anti-war member to run the Intel Committee...which WILL make Pres. Bush's life heck the next couple of years.
Heaven help our country if there is intel that tells us we have to pre-empt a strike by Iran or North Korea...I am SURE that Reyes will be AlL aboard...NOT.
*Sigh* is right.
Elections have consequences, nancy,chucky and harry thank "them"
<sarc>Exactly the right priorities for the leader of the House Intelligence Panel. </sarc>
I wonder what part of Texas he represents.
He represents El Paso.
You do see the source here is the NYT? Just saying . . .
A democrat against the war! I'm shocked
They taught them a lesson didn't they? This board is crawling with 'em.
Saw this guy interviewed yesterday on Cease-Pan. He is a partisan hack with the personality of a gypsum drywall.
He said he was convinced that the Admin. "cherrypicked" intelligence to justify invading Iraq (as if the RATS didn't "cherrypick" anything). He seems to like that word, it suggests "work that Americans won't do".
He repeatedly referred to the idea of a border fence as "stupid". Bipartisan new tone, indeed.
--a Purple Heart recipient who served 13 months in Vietnam as a helicopter crew chief and gunner. --
Ooooooh - that means he is as infallible as the Pope, and beyond all criticism. Anyone who disagrees with him is an anti-Hispanic bigot chickenhawk. Bukbukbukbukbuk...
"Reyes is the first El Paso representative and currently the only member of the House from Texas to hold such a leadership position."
One of Texas's set aside minority districts. Reyes has been there 10 yrs, 2yrs military [66-68], 26 yrs Border Patrol and also serves on the Armed Services and Veterans Committees. He'll be a thorn in the President's neck is my guess.
Well, it could have been worse. It could have been Hastings.
It sounds like Reyes IS Hastings or Murtha, without the baggage.
Reyes is against the war, against wiretapping, for rights for terrorists and can't wait to attack the Bush administration.
"Reyes is against the war, against wiretapping, for rights for terrorists and can't wait to attack the Bush administration."
...and given his history and experience, he's about the best person we could possibly expect to have in this position. If you can find a Democratic Congresscritter who knows beans about intelligence and is pro-war, pro-wiretapping, a Bush fan, and wants to eliminate all rights for terrorists, you might have a stronger candidate. I'd suggest you submit that name to the Democratic leadership for consideration.
Hey, don't get me wrong, it's a disaster. It's just that the message the enemy is getting now is "We're too stupid to fight you," and the message Hastings would have sent would be "We're ready to help; send small unmarked bills, please."