New House Intel Chairman Knows Less About Middle East Than Most MoJoBlog Readers

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I’ve long believed that the skills that make someone good at getting elected are not the skills that make someone good at governing. And yet, I’m still a bit shocked and disappointed when I read stories like this one from Congressional Quarterly‘s Jeff Stein. I won’t bother to block quote it because it’s worth reading in full, but suffice to say Stein sat down with new House Intelligence Committee head Silvestre Reyes and asked a series of questions that are right in Reyes’ new wheelhouse: Is al Qaeda Sunni or Shiite? What is Hezbollah? And so on. Reyes, like the Republicans that held his position before him, did very poorly. Demoralizingly so.

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