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  • I’ve Got a Question for my Readers

    Posted by James R. Rummel on December 1st, 2004 (All posts by )

    This news item says that the US State Department has endorsed the Senate probe of the Oil for Food scandel.

    I’m uncertain what this means since I didn’t think that the Senate needed approval to investigate something. It would appear that it’s an indication of approval instead of a formal go-ahead, sort of like an athlete who endorses a product that they don’t really use. (“I’m not a Senator, but I pretend to be one in my office at Foggy Bottom!”) If this is so, then I suppose it’s a message that no one from State will try and obstruct the investigation.

    Maybe the authors of The Diplomad can clear this up for me.


    2 Responses to “I’ve Got a Question for my Readers”

    1. BigFire Says:

      It would appear that the foggy bottom forgot that Advice and Consent is power reserved for the Senate, NOT the bureaucrats at State Department.

    2. Dean Esmay Says:

      Errmm, I’m not sure I’d read too much into it. It may just mean they see no reason to do their own investigation since the Senate’s doing it, and they’d just rather endorse the Senate’s work rather than duplicate their effort.

      They are a part of the Executive branch, and they COULD do their own investigation, I would imagine.

      But I’m sure Diplomad and others will have better answers than me.