Slug: working-with-congress Date: 2006-11-16 Title: Working With Congress layout: post

>"I sat in the Situation Room in secret meetings for nearly twenty years under five Presidents, and all I can say is that some awfully crazy schemes might well have been approved had everyone present not known and expected hard questions, debate, and criticism from the Hill

>"Working with the Congress was never easy for Presidents, but then, under the Constitution, it wasn't supposed to be. I saw too many in the White House forget that." - Bob Gates, current nominee for SecDef.

(Via Andrew Sullivan and FAS' Secrecry News)