21 August 2005

Republican Senator Hagel on Shrub's War

Even leading politicians from the Republican side are conceding that Shrub's War is a mess. Apart from the morality of the war or current U.S. policy in the , I think that more and more people are waking up to the fact that the war is failing to achieve any of its stated objectives. In today's news, we read:

A leading Republican senator and prospective presidential candidate said Sunday that the war in Iraq has destabilized the Middle East and is looking more like the Vietnam conflict from a generation ago. Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, who received two Purple Hearts and other military honors for his service in Vietnam, reiterated his position that the United States needs to develop a strategy to leave Iraq. Hagel scoffed at the idea that U.S. troops could be in Iraq four years from now at levels above 100,000, a contingency for which the Pentagon is preparing.

"We should start figuring out how we get out of there," Hagel said on "This Week" on ABC. "But with this understanding, we cannot leave a vacuum that further destabilizes the Middle East. I think our involvement there has destabilized the Middle East. And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur."

Hagel said "stay the course" is not a policy. "By any standard, when you analyze 2 1/2 years in Iraq ... we're not winning," he said.


Sanshinseon said...

Heh -- i just posted that same article on another conversation site! It's important, as he's a Repug.

It's another crack in the dike, opportunistic rats starting to abandon the sinking ship... those who can see where this is all clearly heading are starting to position themselves (towards the 2006 & 08 elections) for being on the right side of it all, too late for any morality but still in advance of the flood.

How soon before Hillary finally gets anti-war, claims that she was all along...?

Karlo said...

I wouldn't be surprised to see Hillary switch sides a number of times before the dam finally breaks. Dean's been switching sides so often that he's sure to have a large repertoire of former speeches to draw from in order to prove that he knew where things were going all along. I like your metaphor of the sinking ship. The question now is simply who will go down with the captain out of a sense of loyalty.

Sanshinseon said...

The Demo leaders have become way too conservative-leaning and corruptly opportunistic. I have little hope for a 3rd party, and so there will have to be a leftward revolution within the Demos... One that can be 'sold' to vast middle-America... Or else, all is lost in the New Neo-Fascist Night.

Karlo said...

Michael Moore has said voice the same opinion. I guess the reasoning is why create an entirely new party apparatus when one is available to anyone who wants to take it over. This is probably reasonable--although the Greens telling it like it is without the corporate financing are appealing.