Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Credit Where Credit is Due: Chuck Hagel Edition

Ever notice how the most reasonable Republican senators are the ones who actually served in Vietnam and presumably know that war isn't fun? Chuck Hagel speaks out and will soon be branded a traitor:

"To question your government is not unpatriotic -- to not question your government is unpatriotic," Hagel said, arguing that 58,000 troops died in Vietnam because of silence by political leaders. "America owes its men and women in uniform a policy worthy of their sacrifices."

Hagel said Democrats have an obligation to be constructive in their criticism, but he accused the administration of "dividing the country" with its rhetorical tactics.

Hagel supported the 2002 resolution to authorize military action in Iraq, but he has emerged as a strong skeptic of the Bush administration's handling of the war. In his speech, he called for a regional security conference to help invest Iraq's neighbors in the effort to stabilize the country.

2 Comments:

Blogger vaino said...

I am often nostalgic for moderate Republicans. You know - the kind with whom you can actually have an intelligent discussion about real issues. Most conservatives invent phony issues and then get themselves worked into a rage about them - like "why do liberals want to destroy America?" Hagel is right about the administrations devisive tactics. Such tactics can never produce a positive outcome.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Lapp said...

I would be nostalgic for such people had I ever known any. Alas.

4:16 AM  

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