The intel team

Seven of the nine members have been named by President Bush. Among them, as noted earlier, is Senator John McCain. Former Senator Charles Robb and retired federal judge Laurence Silberman will chair the group. The two remaining members will be named later.

How much do you want to bet that the last two haven’t been named to give Bush a chance to head off criticism of the first seven? If a lot of people cry ‘foul,’ he can put a couple of liberals in the last two slots to appease critics. If the initial reception is positive, he can put a couple of more “friendly” guys in there. Just my two cents.

I think that critics are going to have trouble convincing people that this group isn’t a good one. Obviously it’s more than a little touchy when the President assembles a team to investigate what many are calling his mistakes, but this really doesn’t appear to be a team picked to assure that he comes out looking good.

Steve at Enter Stage Right – Musings writes

Early prediction: Panel will find problems, issue some wide-ranging recommendations, some will be instituted, a “new intelligence community” will be inaugurated, nothing will change.

I think he’s right on the money.

For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t mind seeing Joe Lieberman and David Kay as the other two members. Or maybe former Director of the CIA George Bush, Sr.

Okay, I’m just kidding on that last one.