"It didn't make the front page this morning, but it seems to me that it's a big deal when a former top administration official declares that a secret cabal led by the vice president has hijacked U.S. foreign policy, inveigled the president, condoned torture and crippled the ability of the government to respond to emergencies."
"I'm not sure the State Department even exists anymore."
"And I would say that we have courted disaster, in Iraq, in North Korea, in Iran, generally with regard to domestic crises like Katrina, Rita and I could go on back, we haven't done very well on anything like that in a long time. And if something comes along that is truly serious, truly serious, something like a nuclear weapon going off in a major American city, or something like a major pandemic, you are going to see the ineptitude of this government."
"Whether or not you agree with the war, and whether or not [special prosecutor Patrick J.] Fitzgerald indicts anyone, it's worth remembering why Joe Wilson was at all important to the White House and the vice president's office in particular. As the president said in his 2003 State of the Union address, 'Sending Americans into battle is the most profound decision a president can make.' The Plame game gets to the heart of how that decision was made--and whether anyone could offer an alternative view and survive with their reputation intact."
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