Therefore, it seems that the primary responsibility of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence should be to discern what needs "fixing" within our intelligence community and determine with urgency what resources are needed for those improvements. After all, the lives of young Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq -- as well as the safety of U.S. citizens at home -- hang in the balance.
But this memorandum reveals that these goals are not even being considered by eight of the 17 members of the Senate's Intelligence Committee. The Democrats who sit on one of the most sensitive and important bodies in our government have apparently decided that gathering, assessing and analyzing intelligence is less important than booting this president from office. "Intelligence issues are clearly secondary to the public's concern regarding the insurgency in Iraq," the memo states. In short, they have abandoned their responsibilities to our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and countrymen and decided instead to wage war against the president.
Those who care about winning the real war in which we are now engaged should be outraged at this crass politicization of a committee so closely tied to our national security. One might have expected that the discovery of this memorandum would generate an outcry from members of the so-called mainstream media. Yet, many glossed over the document, as though its existence is simply "more of the same" from Washington. Others apparently dismissed it because it was discovered by a "talk radio host." Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the committee, denigrated the memo because it was "prepared by a staffer."
All this denies the reality of the words in the memorandum. The "we" used in the document proves that more than one person was involved in crafting the attack. It is also evident that the strategy for "pulling the trigger" on an investigation "early next year" aimed at bringing down the president was amply discussed for some time. It is also apparent that no matter what the ongoing review of Iraq War intelligence produces, those who crafted the document have already decided on the need to "assiduously prepare Democratic 'additional views' to . . . among other things, castigate the majority (Republicans) for seeking to limit the scope of the inquiry."
Curiously, no investigative reporter has taken note of the sentence referring to the "FBI Niger investigation (which) was done solely at the request of the vice chairman." Until now, we have been led to believe that the CIA asked the FBI to investigate who "leaked" the name of one of their clandestine service officers. The authors of the memo seem to know better. What else they know about political terrorism in the corridors of power should be the matter of a new FBI investigation. After all, as Democrat Sen. Zell Miller said of the contents of this memo, "If this is not treasonous, it's the first cousin of treason."
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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