greg (grysar) wrote,

Apply hand directly to forehead

The new House Democratic Intelligence Committee Chair know whether Al Qaeda is Shia or Sunni.

Okay, so Iraq is right now in a sectarian civil war. The sides:
1) Shia, have the majority of present government power, their militas tend to focus on killing Sunnis.
2) Sunni, the minority, had been in power when Saddam was around, their militas tend to focus on killing Shia and/or insurgency against the U.S.

So, given that over-simplification, take a wild guess which side Al Qaeda is backing.

So either Reyes has no understanding of the core battle going on in Iraq or he's not able to make a logical base on the basis of that understanding.

He originally opposed the war, but now is opposing withdrawal:
"...when asked what he told Pelosi about his thinking on Iraq, Reyes replied: "What I said was, we can't afford to leave there. And anybody who says, we are going pull out our troops immediately, is beingd ishonest ... We're all interested in getting out of Iraq. That's acommon goal. How we do it, I think, is the tough part. There are those that say, they don't care what Iraq looks like once we leave there. Let's just leave there. And I argue against that. I don't think that's responsible. And I think it plays right into the hands of Syria and Iran.""

I hate to say it, but Pelosi picked a guy who is in no way qualified to be the Intelligence Committee chair. Passing over Hastings because he was corrupt is all well and good. Passing over the second choice due to personal animosity was a mistake. Harman had issues (initial backing of the war, like me, unlike Reyes), but by the sound of it, she was at least highly qualified. I didn't have any problem with this call initially, but I'm not the speaker, I didn't have a chance to just check if the new chair knew jack. This is just effing embarrassing and we deserve bad press over it.
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