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    31 July 2006

    Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE): Iraq is "replay of Vietnam"

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    Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, took to a Omaha World Herald interview and dropped this little liberal talking point, make that points:
    Calling conditions in Iraq "an absolute replay of Vietnam," Sen. Chuck Hagel said Friday that the Pentagon is making a mistake by beefing up American forces in Iraq.

    U.S. soldiers have become "easy targets" in a country that has descended into "absolute anarchy,"...

    He said that in the previous 48 hours, he had received three telephone calls from four-star generals who were "beside themselves" over the Pentagon's reversal of plans to bring tens of thousands of soldiers home this fall.

    Instead, top Pentagon officials are suspending military rotations and adding troops in Iraq. The Pentagon has estimated that the buildup will increase the number of U.S. troops from about 130,000 to 135,000.

    "That isn't going to do any good. It's going to have a worse effect," Hagel said. "They're destroying the United States Army."
    The Nebraska senator said the Bush administration sees the world in "absolutes." That limits U.S. ability to work with allies, alienates partners and "results in our own isolation," Hagel said.
    He cited a former senior U.S. intelligence officer who recently wrote that, "Even superpowers have to talk to bad guys. We ought to be able to communicate in a way that signals our strength and self-confidence."

    But Hagel observed that the Bush administration pulled the U.S. ambassador out of Syria more than a year ago, a move he called "mindless."

    Hey, I didn't say it... I don't even really agree with him.

    But I will keep an eye on these local, fair and balanced far right-wingers who have all kinds of things to say about American hero, Congressman John Murtha.

    My guess is they won't say a word.

    h/t ThinkProgress

    Posted by Geoff

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