CHUCK HAGEL COMES ON BOARD….Via Tapped, I see that Chuck Hagel, a generally respected Republican, isn’t happy with the administration’s stonewalling over Uranium-Gate:

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told CNN’s “Late Edition” the intelligence flap “is bigger, wider, deeper than just about one person.”

“To just throw George Tenet’s body from the train and say, ‘That takes care of the problem,’ I don’t think is the way to do this,” Hagel said.

Hagel pointed to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Vice President Dick Cheney as part of the process that led to Bush including the report in the annual presidential address.

This whole controversy is about genuinely serious stuff, not just partisan bashing, so it’s good to see that there are also Republicans who are concerned about whether our intelligence services are doing an adequate job, whether the NSC is doing its job, and whether the Iraqi threat was really as overwhelming as George Bush said it was.

Good for Hagel for being willing to raise these questions.

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