Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Evan Bayh Hits The Bullseye

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's assessment of Condi Rice is dead-on accurate. From today's Indianapolis Star:

Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana said Tuesday that he would vote against elevating national security adviser Condoleezza Rice to secretary of state because the Bush administration has to be held accountable for mistakes in Iraq.

"I believe that she has been a principal architect of policy errors that have tragically undermined our prospects for success," said Bayh, one of the earliest Democratic supporters for Bush's decision to invade Iraq...

Bayh said the mistakes in Iraq couldn't be ignored. In his view, they include not planning for the aftermath of the war, not having enough U.S. troops, disbanding the Iraqi army and disqualifying members of Saddam Hussein's political party from serving in the new government.

"This is no ordinary incompetence," Bayh said Tuesday on the Senate floor. "Men and women are dying as a result of these mistakes."