- Jan 25, 2010
Seems like a good characterization of congressional hearings. Filled with perpetually outraged windbags that just want to get their 5 minute useless soundbite in."I also bristled at what's become of congressional hearings, where rude, insulting, belittling, bullying and all too often highly personal attacks on witnesses by members of Congress violated nearly every norm of civil behavior. Members postured and acted as judge, jury and executioner. It was as though most members were in a permanent state of outrage or suffered from some sort of mental duress that warranted confinement or at least treatment for anger management."
President Bush always detested the notion, but our later challenges in Afghanistanespecially the return of the Taliban in force by the time I reported for dutywere, I believe, significantly compounded by the invasion of Iraq. Resources and senior-level attention were diverted from Afghanistan.