Bush Names Panelists in Iraq Intel Probe

President Bush named seven people Friday to sit on an independent study commission to look into intelligence failures on Iraqi weapons, choosing former Democratic Sen. Charles S. Robb and retired judge Laurence Silberman, a Republican, to head the panel.


Bush also picked Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to be a member of the commission. “In our war against terrorism, it is imperative that we guarantee the credibility and effectiveness of our intelligence capabilities,” McCain said in a statement. “I will do my very best to help find the answers that the American people have a right to know.”


Bush also named Lloyd Cutler, former White House counsel to Presidents Carter and Clinton; former federal judge Patricia M. Wald; Yale University president Richard C. Levin, and Adm. William O. Studeman, former deputy director of the CIA.

A distinguished bipartisan panel, although a bit heavy on lawyers without apparent national security credentials. Still, other than former Senate Armed Services Committee Sam Nunn, I can’t think of any obvious candidates that were excluded.

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