Dems Finally Demand Iraq Explanation
Democrats forced the Republicans into a closed door session earlier today to demand answers about the Iraq war.
"They have repeatedly chosen to protect the Republican administration rather than get to the bottom of what happened and why. The Libby indictment provides a window into what this is really all about, how this administration manufactured and manipulated intelligence in order to sell the war in Iraq and attempted to destroy those who dared to challenge its actions," said Democratic leader Harry Reid.
"Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has been trying for a year to get the intelligence committee to keep its promise and investigate the misuse of intelligence information," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said shortly before the session ended.
"We just thought we couldn't wait any longer for them to keep giving excuses. This is very serious," added Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat from New York.
How did Republicans respond?
Senator Trent Lott, Republican from Mississippi, said Reid was making "some sort of stink about Scooter Libby and the CIA leak."
"This is an affront to me personally. This is an affront to our leadership. It is an affront to the United States of America, and it is wrong," added Senator Bill Frist, a Republican from Tennessee.
Based on the interviews I did over the course of my six-month road trip, Americans who initially supported the war are sick of the lies. They want answers.
After the session, three Republicans and three Democrats were chosen to assess the progress of the probe. They're scheduled to report back to the Senate by November 14.