Loyalists within Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s Pentagon are not happy with the per- formance of Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John W. Warner, Virginia Republican, in his final year as chairman.
They say that while Mr. Warner practiced bipartisanship, he let his friend and colleague, Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, pursue partisan objectives. An example, they say, is Mr. Levin’s belief that Pentagon officials somehow broke the law when they did their own intelligence analysis after the September 11 attacks. The Pentagon has provided Mr. Levin thousands of documents, yet he keeps asking for more.
Pentagon officials also did not like Mr. Warner summoning Army Gen. John Abizaid, top commander in the Iraq region, to come to a hearing just weeks before the election. The hearing produced what the Pentagon thinks was the press’ biggest misquote of the war. Gen. Abizaid testified Iraq could possibly move to a civil war but thought the elected Iraq government would stop it. He was widely quoted as predicting a civil war, delivering morenegativenewsabouttheBush administration in an election year.
Look for more investigations of Iraq after Mr. Levin takes over the committee in January.