WASHINGTON -- It's been a week of big decisions in our nation's capital. The Supreme Court's 5-4 verdict on Obamacare was the biggest story for politicians, pundits and the so-called mainstream media. That the justices reaffirmed the constitutional authority of Congress to levy taxes -- even when the tax is called a "mandate" -- should not have surprised anyone. The second-place decision of the week was the unprecedented 255-67 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his unwillingness to respond to congressional subpoenas for information on the Obama administration's notorious "Fast and Furious" gunrunning scheme.
Both of those decisions will provide countless hours of debate, commentary and fuel for political fundraising over the next four months. Though neither matter will be completely resolved until after Americans go to the polls Nov. 6, at least the Supreme Court and the House of Representatives have proved that they can make decisions -- and we know how they were made. Though the Supremes always debate in private, their determination is explained in depth -- and by reading their decision, we know the thinking of each member of the court. The House debate and vote on holding Holder in contempt was conducted in the open for all to see.
The American people now can weigh where they stand on those decisions and decide for themselves whether they agree and, in the case of Congress, whether they want to return or replace their representatives. But we still don't know how decisions are made at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. -- and it has been that way since the O-Team arrived in Washington, particularly on matters of national security.
This is, after all, the administration that came to office promising "transparency," a "responsible end to Bush's wars," to "shut down Gitmo" and to "try terrorists in civilian courts." Now, better than three years on, none of that has happened -- other than the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Iraq.
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.