Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to appear before the House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee Thursday to answer questions about corruption within the Iraqi government, the possibility of political reconciliation in that war-ravaged country and the department’s controversial security contract with Blackwater USA, according to a release from the committee.
Oversight Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) has been pressing Rice and other agency officials for months to testify about corruption and the department’s contract with Blackwater. According to the release, committee members will also be asking about allegations of misconduct in the construction of the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad.
It appears that the last Bushies may be starting to waver and fall.
The most effective thing the Democrats have done since gaining their small majority in Congress, in my opinion, has been to investigate corruption. Corruption in the Justice Department? Those investigations led to the resignations of both Alberto Gonzalez and Karl Rove. Corruption in the State Department? The investigations have been blocked so far by Secretary Rice’s refusal to testify, but they have already uncovered missing billions, criminal mercenaries and fraudulent construction contracts.
Can Rice’s resignation be far behind? She’s already all but invisible. Despite all the lovely noises about diplomacy the Bushies are making, we almost never read about Dr. Rice actually, um, DOING anything…and when she does, it’s usually the wrong thing, and with a minder like Robert Gates to hold her hand.
If I were perfect, like Ann Coulter, I would thank Jeebus for public servants like Henry Waxman. As it is, I’ll have to be content with sending him thanks and $$$$.
I hope he understands.
UPDATE: State Department Lackey #1 Resigns.