Fillin' in for Jim

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While Jimmy's on his self-described "big gay vacation" I'll post a few entries here to fill up the otherwise depressingly empty space.

OK, I'm not sure why this isn't making a bigger splash in the MSM (I hate that term so I thought I'd use it. It's like aversion therapy) but according to this GQ interview with Chuck Hagel, Bush's original Iraq war proposal would have given him license to attack any country in the middle east. Like maybe even Greece.

GQ: It’s incredible that you had to ask for that.

Hagel: It is incredible. That’s what I said to Andy Card. Said it to Powell, said it to Rice. Might have even said it to the president. And finally, begrudgingly, they sent over a resolution for Congress to approve. Well, it was astounding. It said they could go anywhere in the region.

GQ: It wasn’t specific to Iraq?

Hagel: Oh no. It said the whole region! They could go into Greece or anywhere. I mean, is Central Asia in the region? I suppose! Sure as hell it was clear they meant the whole Middle East. It was anything they wanted. It was literally anything. No boundaries. No restrictions.

GQ: They expected Congress to let them start a war anywhere they wanted in the Middle East?

Hagel: Yes. Yes. Wide open. We had to rewrite it. Joe Biden, Dick Lugar, and I stripped the language that the White House had set up, and put our language in it.

Yes, flamelords, Greece isn't in the middle east. That's why it's funny.

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