Saying it as kindly as he could, the Junior TN Republican Senator Bob Corker said he was unimpressed with the level of discussions that the Bush Administration was having on Iraq:
"I just felt a little bit underwhelmed by our discussions, the complexity of them, the depth of them. ... I'm just telling you that at that moment in time I felt very underwhelmed, and I'm just being honest. I've said that to them, and to him, and to others. I kind of in a way wish I hadn't said it today."The last comment was greeted with laughter in the crowd. Corker is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee.
This verifies what Ambassador Peter Galbraith reported of Bush before the invasion. Bush not only ignored CIA warnings of what would happen in the aftermath, but went in with a half-assed plan, with little international cooperation and with virtually no understanding of the sectarian make up of the country he was about to invade:
President Bush met with three Iraqi Americans, one of whom became postwar Iraq’s first representative to the United States. The three described what they thought would be the political situation after the fall of Saddam Hussein. During their conversation with the President, Galbraith claims, it became apparent to them that Bush was unfamiliar with the distinction between Sunnis and Shiites.
Galbraith reports that the three of them spent some time explaining to Bush that there are two different sects in Islam--to which the President allegedly responded, “I thought the Iraqis were Muslims!”