Hagel: Bush administration is 'incompetent' and he would consider joining a Dem ticket
"This is one of the most arrogant, incompetent administrations I've ever seen personally or ever read about," the always blunt and frequently quotable Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said yesterday during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
"This administration in my opinion has been as unprepared as any administration I'm aware of," Hagel added, "not only the ones that I have been somehow connected to and that's been every administration -- either I've been in Washington or worked within an administration or Congress or some way dealing with them since the first Nixon administration. I would rate this one the lowest in capacity, in capability, in policy, in consensus -- almost every area, I would give it the lowest grade. ...
Unprepared? I'm not so sure about that one Chuck. If you are talking about the Iraq debacle, they could not have possibly been as unprepared as they seem, since they were planning to invade Iraq since before the Supremes installed the them in the most powerful positions in the world. "We" may not have accomplished the many the goals the administration set forth as their reasons for the illegal, unjust invasion and occupation of Iraq, but "they" seem to be accomplishing theirs.
"And you know, I think of this administration, what they could have done after 9/11, what was within their grasp. Every poll in the world showed 90% of the world for us. Iran had some of the first spontaneous demonstrations on the streets of Tehran supporting America. They squandered a tremendous amount of opportunity."
Chuck, wake up, for Pete's sake. They didn't want Iran's sympathy or support. Iran was already on the NeoCon hit list. As a matter of fact, even today, we hear the right-wing echo chamber yap on about how the Iranians celebrated the attacks. As I recall, it was reported Iran's president, at the time, was one of the first to offer his nation's support and that Iran did help with Intel. as we attacked Afghanistan.
Hagel, who toyed with the idea of running for president himself, also said:
He would be open to the idea of either working in a Democratic administration or even running as the vice presidential nominee on a Democratic ticket -- though, he conceded, "I probably won't have to worry about it" because he's unlikely to be asked.
The Dems would be fools not to take him up on his offer to serve in a Democratic administration. He has alot to offer - more than McCain, that's for sure.
"If there was an area that I thought I could make a difference and influence policy, leadership, outcome ... then I would entertain those possibilities, Hagel said.
He called Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "capable." As for the speculation that he and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg might form an independent ticket, Hagel joked that "Bloomberg's got the money. I think it'd be Bloomberg-Hagel" ticket.
The council has posted a transcript of Hagel's remarks here.
Hagel has already announced he won't seek re-election to his Senate seat next year.
Seems like even the Goopers know that their party has been all but destroyed by the Bushies. Has anyone ever seen an exodus from Capitol Hill like the one currently under way? Not even when Nixon faced impeachment and sure conviction by the senate of very serious crimes did the Republicans run like they are now, as if from a burning building.
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The Nazis, Fascists and Communists were political parties before they became enemies of liberty and mass murderers.