Hagel Fumes in Senate: "I don't think we've EVER had a coherent strategy in Iraq" [VIDEO]

UPDATE: In addition to the Feingold speech, discussed below (second video), Chuck Hagel unleashed on his colleagues, challenging Bush (first video): "I would even challenge the administration today to show us the plan that the president talked about the other night. There is no plan.... There is no strategy. This is a ping-pong game with American lives."


Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold tells his colleagues that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee didn't rise to the occasion before the Iraq War, voting for the "bizarre" response to 9/11 that was the invasion of Iraq and, more importantly, that their toothless plans to oppose Bush's continuation of Iraq are equally irresponsible.

Important point: Congress DOES have the Constitutional power and right to use "the power of the purse" to stop the war on Iraq.

The committee went on to reject the Dodd Bill -- the one with teeth, not the one that simply tells Bush that some in the Congress disagree with him -- which says that "prior to sending any more troops -- the 20,000 the president wants to put into Iraq, 17,000 of them into Baghdad, a city of 6 million people -- it would require a prior authorization by the Congress."

Fortunately, with each passing bill, the pro-teeth coalition is "surging" while the pro-gums caucus fades...

Here are the votes:


Dodd - Aye
Kerry - Aye
Feingold - Aye
Boxer - Aye
Obama - Aye
Menedez - Aye


Biden - No
Cardin - No
Nelson - No
Casey - No
Webb - No
Lugar - no
Hagel - No
Coleman - No
Sununnu - No
Corker - No
Voinovich - No
Murkowski - No
DeMint - No
Issacson - No
Vitter - No


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