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"...with you in the lead role, Dr. Rice, we went into Iraq"

In what may only really offer more press time to publicly cirtique Gonzales and Rice, Senate dems managed to stall things till after the inauguration. As one democrat put it: "A little bit of debate never hurt anybody."

Well, I hope American's hear the debate. I for one am proud of my California senator Barbara Boxer's agressive take on Rice yesterday, and I've blogged before on my thoughts on Gonazales.

Kerry also did very well with a set of strong, strong statements but somehow it mostly made me wish that he was able to define things with that much clarity early and persistantly during the campaign
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Check out this section of Senator Boxer's session with Dr. Rice that I think is very worth attention:

"Well, with you in the lead role, Dr. Rice, we went into Iraq. I want to read you a paragraph that best expresses my views, and ask my staff if they would hold this up — and I believe the views of millions of Californians and Americans.

It was written by one of the world's experts on terrorism, Peter Bergen, five months ago. He wrote:

"What we have done in Iraq is what Bin Laden could not have hoped for in his wildest dreams: We invaded an oil-rich Muslim nation in the heart of the Middle East, the very type of imperial adventure Bin Laden has long predicted was the U.S. long-term goal in the region. We deposed the secular socialist Saddam [Hussein], whom Bin Laden has long despised, ignited Sunni and [Shiite] fundamentalist fervor in Iraq and have now provoked a defensive jihad that has galvanized jihad-minded Muslims around the world. It's hard to imagine a set of policies better designed to sabotage the war on terror."

This conclusion was reiterated last Thursday by the National Intelligence Council, the CIA director's think tank, which released a report saying that Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of … terrorists…

...Now, you rolled out the idea, and then you had to convince the people, as you made your case with the president. And I personally believe — this is my personal view — that your loyalty to the mission you were given, to sell this war, overwhelmed your respect for the truth…"

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