Republican senator Chuck Hagel sounds off on the sorry state of Congress, the presidentâ€™s lies, and the vote for war that he now regrets. From GQ interview: http://men.style.com/gq/features/full?id=content_5326&pageNum=1 he says what I've been saying all along. Congress has already given Bush the go ahead to invade any country he wants. Q:Itâ€™s incredible that you had to ask for that. A:It is incredible. Thatâ€™s what I said to Andy Card. Said it to Powell, said it to Rice. Might have even said it to the president. And finally, begrudgingly, they sent over a resolution for Congress to approve. Well, it was astounding. It said they could go anywhere in the region. Q:It wasnâ€™t specific to Iraq? A:Oh no. It said the whole region! They could go into Greece or anywhere. I mean, is Central Asia in the region? I suppose! Sure as hell it was clear they meant the whole Middle East. It was anything they wanted. It was literally anything. No boundaries. No restrictions. Q: They expected Congress to let them start a war anywhere they wanted in the Middle East? A: Yes. Yes. Wide open. We had to rewrite it. Joe Biden, Dick Lugar, and I stripped the language that the White House had set up, and put our language in it. Q: But that should also have triggered alarm bells about what they really wanted to do. A: Well, it did. Iâ€™m not defending our votes; Iâ€™m just giving a little history of how this happened. You have to remember the context of when that resolution was passed. This was about a year after September 11. The country was still truly off balance. So the president comes out talking about â€śweapons of mass destructionâ€ť that this â€śmadman dictatorâ€ť Saddam Hussein has, and â€śour intelligence shows heâ€™s got it,â€ť and â€śheâ€™s capable of weaponizing,â€ť and so on.