Jan 26, 2010
Among the many important findings in the Report Card issued by the co-chairs of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Commission,
Congress’s failure to consolidate oversight of homeland security
received a big fat “F.” The co-chairs, former senators Graham and
Talent do not make this finding lightly given their years of elected
service on the Hill. It is a bipartisan finding that should get
attention, but it appears to keep falling on deaf ears inside the
What an embarrassment it should be to Congressional leadership – yet
six years after the 9-11 Commission report, the situation regarding the
“inevitably dysfunctional oversight” (Senator Graham’s words) has not
Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid – are you listening? Are you
willing to do anything about it? Or are you proud that a highly
respected bipartisan commission – one funded by Congress – has called
your leadership an outright “failure?” Can Congress heal itself?
I, for one, continue to be distressed that this issue has not been addressed. How much longer need we wait?
This piece was originally posted on Security Debrief.