Even Republicans are getting fed up

By Jason Wojciechowski on July 31, 2003 at 5:55 AM

The NY Times notes that even Republicans are getting a little antsy about the Bush administration's inability to name figures for how much the rebuidling of Iraq is going to cost.

I'm happy to see Paul Wolfowitz get blasted some here, especially by the right side of the Foreign Relations Committee. This administration's lies and hiding of the truth from the public is more blatant than anything I remember learning about, and it's time other parts of the government start being vocal about it.

Perhaps my favorite excerpt from the article is this one:

Senator Lincoln Chafee, Republican of Rhode Island, accused Mr. Wolfowitz of "shifting the justification of what we're doing" in Iraq from the threat of Iraq's presumed unconventional weapons to Saddam Hussein's three decades of tyrannical rule.

Note carefully what party Chafee is a member of. The kinds of lies and half-truths that Chafee is accusing Wolfowitz of are what the left have been accusing the administration of since the beginning. If everyone but the extreme right starts jumping on this administration (and I'm grateful to Chafee for doing it here), a lot of the flexible centrist votes can come over to the left and maybe help give us a shot of toppling this regime come 2004.