Mr. Chalabi goes to Washington

Well, Sen. Durbin and Arianna Huffington are shocked at the audacity of the administration to warmly host Ahmad Chalabi who was funded by the administration to the tune of $340,000/month as he sang them the songs they longed to hear about Iraqi WMD, hmm.

Of course, everything Chalabi said was "wrong." Or, if you prefer: a lie. Durbin, speaking on the floor of the Senate yesterday: "I don’t understand this. While the Department of Justice is actively investigating this man for wrongdoing that could have endangered American troops and American lives, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury are hosting him like some dignitary."

Well, with Bill Frist, Tom DeLay, Karl Rove, and perhaps others all under investigation for various wrongdoings, perhaps we can chalk it up to some honor among thieves kinship.

Durbin's speech is another in a series of ratcheted-up Democratic rhetoric, signs of life for a desperately needed opposition. Here, he takes on Republican foot-shuffling on pre-war intelligence investigations with a most un-DC-like candor:

"And for the Senator from Texas to say the Silberman-Robb commission has dealt with that issue is not factual, and it's not accurate, based on the words of that commission.
He went further to say that the phase one investigation also took care of the question. It did not."

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