Skip to comments.Hagel's Parallels Between Iraq And Vietnam Are Inaccurate
Posted on 08/26/2005 5:42:01 AM PDT by RepublicNewbie
Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient, did support the war, and even advocated sending in more troops. But now he is calling for the administration to develop -- and publish -- an exit strategy. "We should start figuring out how we get out of there," Mr. Hagel said. "But with this understanding, we cannot leave a vacuum that further destabilizes the Middle East." Sen. Hagel, who is occasionally mentioned as a GOP presidential candidate in 2008, says our soldiers are getting bogged down in Iraq the way they did in Southeast Asia a generation ago.
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Publish an exit strategy?
Why don't we just print every military plan and classified document, translate it to arabic, and hand it out to every terrorist in Iraq.
Ollie is such a gentleman. The title of this should be "Hagel is Full of $hit"
Hagel is toast come Presidential Primary Season, and I can't wait for his campaign to go down in flames!
Yeah I am watching all the republican backstabbers out there too. If they think we will forget about what they have said or done they are mistaken.
RE; An exit strategy
Maybe we could get Madeline Albright and Sandy Berger to visit Iran and Syria and work out something that won't hurt their feelings when we pull out during the 7th inning stretch.
Julius Rosenberg was a veteran too.
A traitor is a traitor is a traitor, no matter service he once rendered.
If someone saves a guy's life, and then claims a right to beat that guy up if he feels like it later, he would rightly be called a stupid jerk.
hagel hasn't "earned" any mythical "right" to stab our soldiers in the back.
As we near the fourth anniversary of Sept. 11, it's important to remember that events make dates important, not the other way around.
What I sense from reading pieces about the war in Iraq is a maddening sense of American leadership being afraid to press its might, and win this war in a manner we would win it if this were northern Europe in the 1940s. Rather, we seem hell-bent on prosecuting the war in such a manner that keeps other, everyday life as close to "peacetime" as possible. Though I'm not a Vietnam veteran, I've read all I can on the subject, and in my opinion, that's where the similarities between Iraq and Vietnam lie: our desire to fight and yet not fight at the same time.
Long and short of it? If Iraq is worth the blood of one American soldier, we should prosecute the war in the most brutal, violent way possible in order to win it and get on to the next theater as soon as possible.
A fantastic point. Likewise, it was befuddling that Lawng Jawn Forbes Kerry based his entire Presidential campaign on what he did as a LTJG in Vietnam (for four months), and people (except for us) bought it hook, line, and sinker.
Instead, if you criticize the war you get a free pass. If you're a do-nothing seat-filler like Hagel, you get promoted to "leading Republican" even though no Republicans are following you.
We are in a war that already elevated our deficit. The information provided to us to keep us there is coming from where? The Obama administration.
There are a lot of smart people on FR, but this is how I feel. I’d love it if someone would enlighten me as to these feelings against this war. I really don’t trust the info for staying in.
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