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Nov 27, 2006 7:12 pm

The Nation on Chuck Hagel, Republicans, and Iraq

In the last few weeks, the bloggers at Liberty and Power (see here and here ) have taken note of the Iraq war skepticism of Nebraska conservative Republican Senator Chuck Hagel. Now, the Nation blog has gotten into the act. In an informative piece on Hagel, John Nichols sends a wake-up call to leftists:

Democrats should be asking themselves: Why is a Republican taking the lead on the issue that played such a pivotal role in putting Democrats in charge of the House and Senate?

The honest answer is an unsettling one.

Right now, Hagel is sounding more realistic and responsible than most if not all of the Democrats who are positioning themselves for 2OO8 presidential runs. Indeed, with Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, the first senator to call for an withdrawal timeline, out of the running, Democrats could use a candidate who speaks as directly as does Hagel about the need to get out of Iraq. While it is true that Illinois Senator Barack Obama, who may or may not be running, is a Democrat who has started to make some of the right noises, Obama has not begun to equal the directness of Hagel's declaration that:"The time for more U.S. troops in Iraq has passed. We do not have more troops to send and, even if we did, they would not bring a resolution to Iraq. Militaries are built to fight and win wars, not bind together failing nations. We are once again learning a very hard lesson in foreign affairs: America cannot impose a democracy on any nation -- regardless of our noble purpose."

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Jason Kuznicki - 11/27/2006

I'm not sure how else to say it, but given the hole that the Republicans dug, it pretty much had to be one of their own to get them out.