Friday, January 12, 2007

Rice Also Grilled By Republican Hagel

Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), one of the few Republicans who has shown a shred of integrity on the abysmal conduct of the Iraq war, made it clear to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as she testified yesterday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he did not support the Bush-McCain Doctrine of escalating the war In Iraq.

Telling Rice "we are in a civil war,” Hagel goes on to say how strongly he objects to our continued presence in Iraq.

"To ask our young men and women to sacrifice their lives to be put in the middle of a civil war is wrong," said Hagel. "It's, first of all, in my opinion, morally wrong. It's tactically, strategically, militarily wrong."

After Rice continued to spin the introduction of almost 22,000 new troops into Iraq as an "augmentation," and otherwise paint a misleading picture, Hagel as much as called her a liar, saying "Madam Secretary, your intelligence and mine is a lot different. But to sit there and say that, Madam Secretary, that's just not true."

Here's the video of the key exchanges: