I used to have a lot of respect for Hagel – he helped my band of brothers (the 82d Airborne Division Association) get August 16th named as National Airborne Day. When I sent him a fax thanking him for his help, an aide called to thank me for the “thank you”.
Doing a little research on him I discovered he had been an infantry squad leader in Viet Nam with the Ninth Infantry Division, and I noticed he doesn’t bring up his service and his Purple Hearts in every breath like some veterans-turned-politicians.Â So I always though he was a pretty decent guy.
Until this morning. ThenÂ I catch this nugget on the Commie News Network site;
“There will be no victory or defeat for the United States in Iraq,” Sen. Chuck Hagel wrote in Sunday’s edition of The Washington Post.
Huh? That’s a mighty damn broad statement for a former squad leader to make. Of course, the whole world will read the sentence as “there will be no victory for the US in Iraq” and Hagel should know that.Â But then he goes on to say more ignorant crap;
“The time for more U.S. troops in Iraq has passed,” he wrote. “We do not have more troops to send and, even if we did, they would not bring a resolution to Iraq.
That’s downright treason. To tell the world that we’ve drained our manpower assets withÂ less than twoÂ hundred thousand troops actively engaged? That no number of troops would resolve the conflict? Why not hand over the keys to the country to the Islamofacits right now, Chuck? You claim we’ve already been beaten, you claim that we can’t resolve a little problem in that shithole corner of the world.
Had enough? Well, Hagel hasn’t. From his WaPo editorial;
We are destroying our force structure, which took 30 years to build. We’ve been funding this war dishonestly, mainly through supplemental appropriations, which minimizes responsible congressional oversight and allows the administration to duck tough questions in defending its policies. Congress has abdicated its oversight responsibility in the past four years.
Wasn’t Hagel in the last Congress? Didn’t he have oversight responsibilities that were apparently abdicated? Doesn’t he think that all of this bluster and double-dealing weasel words embolden the enemy? Is he waving a white flag?
Doesn’t he remember when he was a squad leader in Vietnam how it felt to have politicians telling everyone howÂ he wasÂ losing the war whileÂ he wasÂ pretty certainÂ he wasÂ winning?
Who is Chuck playing to? Certainly not his constituency. Is he making a play to jump ship so he can be in the majority again? Or is he jumping ship and going to announce his conversion to Islam? Or French.