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Monday, September 20, 2004

Senators call Iraq policy incompetent, pitiful and dangerous

Republican Chair Richard Lugar and other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued harsh condemnations of the Bush administration's handling of Iraq policy during interviews and hearings this week.

Noting that only $1 billion of $18.4 billion allocated by Congress for Iraqi reconstruction has been spent, Lugar said it "is the incompetence in the administration."

Sen. Joseph Biden, a Democrat, agreed. "There seems to be no sense of urgency on the part of this administration," Biden said.

Earlier in the week, Republican Senator Chuck Hagel called the administration's track record on Iraqi reconstruction "beyond pitiful and embarrassing; it is now in the zone of dangerous."


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