Thursday, June 23, 2005

Tom Delay tells us what "Everyone" is saying

Senator Tom Delay:
"Everybody that comes from Iraq is amazed at the difference of what they see on the ground and what they see on the television set."

Senator Russ Feingold
Feingold said his colleagues, who had visited Iraq before, told him the situation had deteriorated badly.
Feingold called the war an "amazing mess. ... If you want to get depressed, you should read the appallingly flippant answers" that Bush administration officials gave during Senate hearings before the war.

Senator John McCain
"But I think they also would like to be told, in reality, what's going on. And, by the way, I think part of that is it's going to be at least a couple more years."

Senator Joe Biden
Biden was asked on CBS's "Face the Nation" if the administration has been telling Americans the truth about the situation in Iraq. He said, "No, they're not telling the truth. ... I think the American people know how tough this is going to be."
"I think the American people, if you lay out a plan and tell them the truth about how hard it's going to be, and why you think it's important, they'll stick," said Biden, who recently visited Iraq for the fifth time.

Leslie Gelb, A former Pentagon official, journalist, and president of the Council on Foreign Relations
a man with considerable political and military knowledge, came back from a fact-finding trip in Iraq talking about the ''gap between those who work there, who were really careful of every word they uttered of prediction or analysis, and the expansive, sometimes, I think, totally unrealistic optimism you hear from people back in Washington."


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