Monday, August 22, 2005

A Liberal in Sheep's Clothing

Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb) made international headlines today after his appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. Hagel stated that the war in Iraq was becoming more and more reminiscent of the Vietnam War and that our presence in Iraq has caused a destabilization of the Middle East. He also said that "stay the course" is not a policy and that the Bush administration needs to develop a plan to leave Iraq.

Earlier in the summer Hagel said that "the White House is completely disconnected from reality". He told U.S. News that "its like they're making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq." Hagel's attacks on Bush go all the way back to just before the election basically blaming the Bush Administration for 9/11 for "not picking up what the Clinton Administration was trying to convey not just in policy terms, but in the reality of facing this and without bringing this to the highest level of government". He even defended Senator John Kerry after Bush called him "soft on defense".

Hagel has made it known that he is going to be a Presidential candidate in 2008. My question is for which party's nomination is he going to run? I hope he is not serious about running for the Republican nomination. Senator Hagel is about as much a Republican as Ted Kennedy is a Capitalist. Hagel might as well join hands with Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and walk to Crawford Texas to join Cindy Sheehan and Joan Baez in singing kumbayaa.

Somebody send Hagel an application to switch parties now. He certainly has the Democrat rhetoric down pat. He blasts Bush on Iraq as having no plan or strategy but he brings no alternate plan or strategy of his own to the table.

At first I thought Hagel was just putting distance between himself and President Bush in hopes that Iraq would be a colossal failure. This way he could be the anti-Bush Republican that would be able to draw support from Independents and moderate Republicans. Now, I just think he checked the wrong box when he was filling out his party affiliation card.

All of this would be quite humorous if not for the fact that terrorists all over the world just got a big boost to their morale. Thanks Chuck!

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