In case you missed the story, I'll excuse you in advance for speculating about just what has Frist and Hastert so riled. In fact, I 'd be speculating too. I 'd be thinking, Hey, maybe they want to know whose bright idea it was to establish dozens of hell-hole prisons in at least eight foreign countries. If the Washington Post got it right, shady elements of our government concocted such prisons in order to get away with torture --or something like it.
Or could it be Frist and Hastert want Dick Cheney to come clean about who blew Valerie Plame 's cover? Or why our government relied on forged documents from Italy when making its case for war. Or how top al-Qaida operatives --possibly including Osama bin Laden --were allowed to slip the noose at Tora Bora, Afghanistan, early in the war. (Google Tora Bora and Seymour Hersch for interesting reading). Maybe Hastert is hot to examine stock market anomalies related to World Trade Center companies just prior to 9/11. Could be Frist wants to learn how Halliburton lost track of billions in Iraq at the same time its stock began to soar. Is war profiteering still a crime?
Those legislators could be hot under the collar for any number of reasons. Just who profited from the UN oil-for-food scandal, they might ask How many lawmakers have fed at the trough of exploited Native American gaming interests? Who sat in on those secret energy sessions with Cheney? Maybe Frist and Hastert want to learn more about reports from Europe and the Middle East alleging that Americans used banned weapons at Fallujah one year ago. If such reporting ISN 'T true, then who concocted those wrenching videos on the Internet showing naked children and young mothers running down the streets of Fallujah? Who faked those shots of caramelized and leathery corpses?
Looking at the sad body-pile of naked scandal chronicled in the above paragraphs, I realize I've only panned the knobby surface. And I must admit I didn't include the answer to the question I raised about just what has our senior senator and his pal from Illinois so worked up. For instance, if you jumped on the first idea mentioned there in the second paragraph, about prisons in foreign countries, for your answer, you 'd be in the ballpark but you 'd be running the bases in reverse, so to speak. Frist and Hastert are not worried about who had the poor taste to taint America 's good name by placing torture within our embrace. No, they 're coming at it from a quite different angle. What they want to spend your tax dollars on is to learn just WHO BLEW THE WHISTLE on our government.
You see, they apparently don 't believe in the Golden Rule --not when it comes to torture. Neither do they believe in Kant 's Categorical Imperative. They probably regard such ideas as quaint. It 's not clear the good Doctor Frist even believes "First, do no harm. " What he manifestly does believe in is Secret Government and Secret War.
Secret War requires Secret Government. Can 't have one without the other, not on this scale. But don 't worry your pretty little heads about it. We sleepy masses don 't need to know what Uncle Sam 's darker half does. Go back to sleep, child, it 's all a bad dream. Rest assured your Secret Government is conducting Secret Wars to make the world safe for democracy--or something like it.