The San Antonio Congressman who is in line to become chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee is promising ‘a number of investigations and oversight committee actions’ which he vows will ‘hold the administration accountable,’ 1200 WOAI news reports.
Veteran Republican Lamar Smith, a Yale graduate and social conservative who grew up in the brush country of south Texas which is now transit point for illegal immigrants and drugs, said in a news conference that a number of issues will come into the sights of his committee when he takes the chairmanship in January, from cracking down on child pornography to taking the Obama Administration to task for failing to do enough to protect the southern border.
Smith says it is his Constitutional duty.
President Obama began his 10-day, pre-holiday Asia vacation in Mumbai, India by memorializing the victims of the terrorist attacks from two years ago.
In a somber and respectful tone, he declared, “We’ll never forget.”
In making his remarks, the president delivered an appropriate message about the tragic events of November 26, 2008 which resulted in the deaths of 173 innocent people.
All well and good.
Unfortunately, the president’s staff must have forgotten an equally memorable terrorist attack, one that took place at Fort Hood, Texas on November 5, 2009.
Indeed, while Obama and his entourage were jetting off to India on what is believed to be a $200-million-a day junket, the president was silent about the one year anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting in which Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is accused of killing 13 Americans and injuring 30 others.
Why did this president choose to ignore the victims of the Fort Hood massacre on the one-year anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings ever on an American military base?