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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

HR "Secret"

This man is doing my surname a horrible, horrible disservice:
In one of the more unusual proposals to emerge in the Senate debate on Iraq withdrawal, Sen. Mark Pryor wants to keep any plans for bringing troops home a secret.

The Arkansas Democrat is a key holdout on his party's proposal to approve $122 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while setting a goal of March 31, 2008, for winding up military operations in Iraq. Unlike the plan's Republican opponents, Pryor wants a withdrawal deadline of some kind. He just doesn't want anyone outside the White House, Congress and the Iraqi government to know what it is.

"My strong preference would be to have a classified plan and a classified timetable that should be shared with Congress," Pryor said yesterday. A public deadline would tip off the enemy, "who might just bide their time and wait for us to leave," he said. "Then you'd have chaos and mayhem and instability."

Pryor said a classified plan would be provided by the president, shepherded by Senate committees and ultimately shared with Congress and Iraqi leaders. He is confident that the plan would remain secret, because Congress is entrusted with secrets "all the time."
Everyone who believes Senator Pryor that Congress is good at keeping secrets, raise your hands.

That's what I thought.

Other than that fallacy, this seems suspiciously like a ploy for Democrats to pass one of their precious timetables without any flack from the public or press. I really don't like my elected representatives, in Washington to do work for me, keeping legislative secrets from me. It's a horrible precedent to set.

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