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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:04 AM
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Losing patience with the drug czar (Rep. Souder, R-Ind)
This week's "pathetic" White House report on the war against methamphetamine should be close to the final straw for John Walters

Friday, September 30, 2005
Indiana's Rep. Mark Souder, the top House Republican on drug policy, stopped barely short of demanding the resignation of White House drug czar John Walters this week.

Walters' problem? He and his advisers still don't understand the extent and implications of the methamphetamine epidemic. They should consider Souder's damning remarks Wednesday as a final warning in what amounted to an official performance review.

The exasperated congressman talked of resignations Wednesday after hearing yet another all-too-sunny presentation by Bush administration officials on what's being done to thwart the meth scourge. Emerging from the closed-door session, Souder branded it as "pathetic" and "an embarrassment."

He demanded the resignation of the Walters aide who led the dog-and-pony show. And later, in an interview with The Oregonian's Steve Suo, Souder suggested that Walters and others on his staff may have to go, too.

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