AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 12/07/2004 01:56:00 PM ----- BODY: Disaster Has a Name - The Wall Street Journal says last-minute negotiations between the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate helped the United States to avoid a potential disaster. In this case, the potential disaster had a name. That name, I'm ashamed to say, is Senator Susan Collins of my home state of Maine. Collins wanted to put the 'intelligence czar' between the President and the Secretary of Defense, meaning the person in charge of intelligence could use American troops without the knowledge of the Pentagon. It's exactly the type of stupid idea we've come to expect from Senator Collins, who tends to oppose good things like tax cuts in favor of making sure the government 'has enough money.' Heaven only knows why Collins thought dismantling the military chain of command structure would work. Neither of Maine's two RINO senators are anything to write home about, but at least Snowe is savvy enough not to engage in such lunacy. --------