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Friday, January 12, 2007

I've got your 'augmentation' right here.....

From Thursday's cage match between Condi Rice and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

Hagel: I think this speech, given last night by this President, represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam, if it's carried out.

Rice: I think that I don't see it and the President doesn't see it as an escalation. What he sees...

Hagel: Putting 22,000 new troops, more troops in, is not an escalation? Would you call it a decrease? And billions of dollars more?

Rice: I would call it, Senator, an augmentation that allows the Iraqis to deal with this very serious problem that they have in Baghdad.

If Senator Chuck Hagel were to decide to enter the 2008 presidential race, he might stand a chance of bringing some disaffected Republicans (like me) back to the GOP.