Warner’s re­views

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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