Monday, August 22, 2005

Hagel Compares Iraq to Vietnam

Senator Chuck Hagel (a Republican) is having a moment of clarity regarding the situation in Iraq. This from Reuters:

"An influential Republican senator said on Sunday the longer the United States stayed bogged down in Iraq, the more the conflict looked like another Vietnam War.

'What I think the White House does not yet understand and some of my colleagues, is the dam has broken on this (Iraq) policy,' said Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee and possible presidential candidate in 2008.

A decorated Vietnam War veteran, Hagel also said the war in Iraq had further destabilized the Middle East and the White House needed to find an exit strategy for Iraq."
It looks bad for George W. Bush when even Republicans see through his deceit. You might think the Democrats had been leading the way, but you'd be wrong. Apparently the Democrats, with a couple of exceptions, are still waiting for inspiration. Cindy Sheehan's courage hasn't motivated them yet:
Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) broke with his party leadership last week to become the first senator to call for all troops to be withdrawn from Iraq by a specific deadline. Feingold proposed Dec. 31, 2006. In delivering the Democrats' weekly radio address yesterday, former senator Max Cleland (Ga.), a war hero who lost three limbs in Vietnam, declared that "it's time for a strategy to win in Iraq or a strategy to get out."

Although critical of Bush, the party's establishment figures -- including Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.), Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) -- all reject the Feingold approach, reasoning that success in Iraq at this point is too important for the country.
Biden and Clinton can count on me to NOT vote for either of them in the presidential primary.