Intelligence: Not a Toy

We have committees for a reason:

To the surprise of the Bush administration, the House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to allow all 435 House members to see the classified version of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq sent to the White House last week. The report is classified in part because it contains information about sources and methods used in intelligence-gathering.

It would be nice to think that committee chair Reyes was following the Army of Analysts approach to help get through the full Iraq NIE, especially since it is fairly clear that elements in the committee lack a certain level of expertise, but that would be wishful thinking.

No, more likely this is both side of the aisle throwing an irreplaceable vase into a rugby scrum to substitute as a ball. The obvious result is going to be a broken vase, but give it a second and everyone will soon realize that there is blood on their hands.