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Incoming Intelligence Chairman Fails Pop Quiz

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posted on Dec, 12 2006 @ 09:41 AM
Incoming Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, (D-TX), failed to answer some very basic questions recently. When asked whether al Qaeda was predominantly Sunni or Shi'ite, Reyes answered Shi'ite. He also was unable to identify who Hezbollah was.

Forty years ago, Sgt. Silvestre Reyes was a helicopter crew chief flying dangerous combat missions in South Vietnam from the top of a soaring rocky outcrop near the sea called Marble Mountain.

After the war, it turned out that the communist Viet Cong had tunneled into the hill and built a combat hospital right beneath the skids of Reyes’ UH-1 Huey gunship.

Now the five-term Texas Democrat, 62, is facing similar unpleasant surprises about the enemy, this time as the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

That’s because, like a number of his colleagues and top counterterrorism officials that I’ve interviewed over the past several months, Reyes can’t answer some fundamental questions about the powerful forces arrayed against us in the Middle East.

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Let's hope the representative gets a crash course on the cast and crew of the mideast conflict before he officially assumes his chairmanship of this powerful committee.

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