Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up

Bill Scher

Surge advocates were not held to account on the Sunday shows yesterday, as called for by the Watchdog.

On NBC’s Meet The Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham was not reminded by Tim Russert of his December claim that the surge would bring stability and political compromise in Iraq.

Instead, Graham was allowed to shift blame to the Iraqi government for “not performing,” instead accepting blame for advocating a failed strategy.

(Fortunately, Sen. Jim Webb was around to put Graham in his place.)

Similarly. on Fox News Sunday, surge policy architect Frederick Kagan was not asked to explain his contradictions in cheerleading his policy, nor was he asked to back up the favorable statistics he cites.

The Watchdog’s question for Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, about his role in the Abu Ghraib scandal, was rendered inoperative when National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley replaced him as a scheduled guest on CBS’ Face The Nation.

Perhaps the White House is afraid of the Watchdog.

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