I was reading the Antiwar.com blog today when I noticed this article about the incredible lack of intelligence in our democratically elected leadership.
I’m still incredulous of what I have just read. Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), has been appointed the new chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on which he has served for the last six years. This is a person you’d expect to be more than basically knowledgeable of the world in which he lives. Well, surprise! You’d expect wrong. Silvestre Reyes just found out last week that al-Qaeda is Sunni, and what Hezbollah is. Actually, I’m not so sure these items were resolved, I just know that when asked, he whined about being asked questions so late in the afternoon.
Here are the schadenfreudelicious tidbits for you all to enjoy:
Al Qaeda is what, I asked, Sunni or Shia?
“Al Qaeda, they have both,” Reyes said. “You’re talking about predominately?”
“Sure,” I said, not knowing what else to say.
“Predominantly — probably Shiite,” he ventured.
Jeremy Sapienza was responding to Democrats’ New Intelligence Chairman Needs a Crash Course on al Qaeda by Jeff Stein, CQ National Security Editor. After reading the whole article, I had a thought... We test our kids before they can graduate from High School, why not test elected officials before they can chair important committees?