Why the radical right? Because the radical right, for decades, has been motivated by its certainty that the profits of fossil fuels -- oil, coal, and gas -- are the prerequisite of the modern economy that elevated the US to the position of the most powerful nation on earth. To be sure, Democrats have been confounded by the power of the fossil fuel lobbies, not mention the nation's utilities, and the complexities of energy policy reform.
Huffington Post reports on a Senate hearing yesterday: "WASHINGTON -- The war authorization that Congress passed after 9/11 will be needed for at least 10 to 20 more years, and can be used to put the United States military on the ground anywhere, from Syria to the Congo to Boston, military officials argued Thursday. The revelations came during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee and surprised even experts in America's use of force stemming from the terrorist attacks in 2001. "This is the most astounding and most astoundingly disturbing hearing that I've been to since I've been here. You guys have essentially rewritten the Constitution today," Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) told four senior U.S. military officials who testified about the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force and what it allows the White House to do."
Whether you are Republican or Democrat, you will agree that the Bush White House fathered the measures now in question. It is also not in question that a Republican led House of Representatives is calling the Benghazi attack the biggest intelligence failure in US history, skipping past the fact that Bush White House ignored intelligence leading to 9/11 and subsequently justified the rise of the national security state.
If there is any hope for Congress to dial back the national security state, it rests on leadership in Congress. That leadership cannot thrive when there is so much dissension as there is, today.