Monday, September 20, 2004
if you won't listen to kerry on iraq.....
"The fact is a crisp, sharp analysis of our policies is required. We didn't do that in Vietnam, and we saw 11 years of casualties mount to the point where we finally lost," said Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam War veteran who is co-chairman of President Bush's re-election committee in Nebraska.
A major problem, said leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was incompetence by the administration in reconstructing the country's shattered infrastructure.
The chairman, Sen. Richard Lugar, noted that Congress appropriated $18.4 billion a year ago this week for reconstruction. No more than $1 billion has been spent. "This is the incompetence in the administration," Lugar, R-Ind., said on ABC's "This Week."
"We made serious mistakes right after the initial successes by not having enough troops on the ground, by allowing the looting, by not securing the borders," McCain said. "Airstrikes don't do it; artillery doesn't do it. Boots on the ground do it," McCain told "Fox News Sunday." Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said Bush had pointed out from the beginning the risks of combat in Iraq.
Yahoo! News - Senators Urge Bush to Assess Iraq Policy