Let's walk through
a bit of what might be in that supposedly-damning (and possibly resignation-inducing) report
on Army Secretary Thomas White.
White was confirmed as Secretary of the Army last May. Till then he was chairman of Enron Energy Services (EES), a major division of the dear, departed Enron Corporation.
The report apparently argues that EES played a key role in creating or exacerbating the California energy crisis, which was in full bloom during the six months or so prior to White's confirmation. Whether this is true or how strong a case the report makes -- that I don't know. Maybe it's all bluster. But I'm pretty confident that that is what it argues.
The question is how much the report ties White's and EES' role to a broader argument about the involvement of the Bush administration. I understand the report very much tries to do that. If it succeeds, dropping White might not be nearly as convenient or as easy as I had earlier predicted.
The latest I'm told is that the report is likely to be released early next week. Whatever else, the folks preparing it have everyone's attention. At the networks, the White House, and the Pentagon.