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Hagel confirms trip to Iraq with Obama
Journalstar.com ^ | 7-14-08 | Don Walton

Posted on 07/14/2008 1:15:30 PM PDT by stan_sipple

Sen. Chuck Hagel said Sunday he views his upcoming trip to Iraq and Afghanistan with Sen. Barack Obama as a means of helping build bipartisan consensus in foreign policy.

Nebraska’s Republican senator acknowledged for the first time he’ll be traveling with the Democratic presidential nominee into the war zones by issuing a brief written statement.

“U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan are at the center of America’s national security,” Hagel said.

“These critical issues must be addressed in a bipartisan manner that builds consensus for a bipartisan American foreign policy.”

In a joint statement, Hagel and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said they will join Obama in an examination of “whether the tactical buildup of U.S. troops has resulted in the progress necessary to resolve Iraq’s political differences, provide basic services to the Iraqi people and create long-term stability.”

The three-member Senate delegation plans to meet with top U.S. military commanders and civilians and senior Iraqi and Afghan leaders as well as U.S. troops on the ground.

Hagel’s decision to travel with Obama appears to associate him with the Democratic nominee, at least on Iraq policy.

Hagel, the most outspoken Republican congressional critic of the Bush administration’s Iraq war policies, has not endorsed Republican presidential nominee John McCain, a strong supporter of the war.

Obama is proposing a phased withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq.

Details of the upcoming trip are being withheld due to security concerns.

Obama confirmed that Hagel and Reed would join him on the journey during a conversation with reporters Saturday night on a campaign flight from Chicago to San Diego.

“Look, they are both experts on foreign policy,” Obama said, according to a report filed by New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny.

“They reflect, I think, a traditional bipartisan wisdom when it comes to foreign policy.

“Neither of them are ideologues,” Obama said, “but try to get the facts right and make a determination about what’s best for U.S. interests. And they’re good guys.”

Obama said he wants a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq.

That is needed, he said, “not only to relieve pressure on our military, but also to deal with the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and to put more pressure on the Iraqi government.”

Hagel and McCain, both Vietnam veterans, have been close friends for a long time and operate out of neighboring Senate offices on the second floor of the Russell Building in Washington. In 2000, Hagel was national co-chairman of McCain’s presidential campaign.

But Hagel has signaled he may choose not to endorse either candidate in this year’s presidential contest.

Initial reports that he might accompany Obama to Iraq were a topic of conversation among delegates at Saturday’s Republican state convention in La Vista.

“Have a nice trip,” said GOPAC Chairman Michael Steele said when asked about his reaction to Hagel’s decision during an interview before addressing the convention.

Steele quickly added: “He’s making decisions for himself and while I may not agree with him, I respect that.”

Republican National Chairman Mike Duncan dodged the issue during an interview.

“What do you want me to say?” Duncan asked. “I always want all Republicans to support our nominee.”

McCain will be in Nebraska Wednesday for a fund-raising event at the Strategic Air and Space Museum along Interstate 80 near Ashland.

Reed, a West Point graduate and former Army paratrooper, voted against the Senate resolution authorizing the use of U.S. military force in Iraq.

Obama and Hagel are members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Reed serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: 110th; 2008; chuckhagel; hagel; iraqwar; obama; obamavisit; rino

1 posted on 07/14/2008 1:15:31 PM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple

there goes the neighborhood.


2 posted on 07/14/2008 1:18:31 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (maybe apes evolved from people.)
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To: stan_sipple
“U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan are at the center of America’s national security,” Hagel said. "In other words, I will agree with what ever Obama tells me to say!"
3 posted on 07/14/2008 1:18:33 PM PDT by Holicheese (Hillary deserves the CMoH for her time in Tuzla!)
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To: stan_sipple

How about that ... two liberal dirtbags traveling hand in hand


4 posted on 07/14/2008 1:18:55 PM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: stan_sipple

Chuck and Barry’s big gay vacation. And what do we get? Chuck Barry.


5 posted on 07/14/2008 1:19:47 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: HiramQuick

My mistake ... 3 liberal dirtbags traveling hand in hand. kumbaya ...


6 posted on 07/14/2008 1:21:03 PM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: stan_sipple
Thanks Chucky!


7 posted on 07/14/2008 1:21:11 PM PDT by avacado
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To: stan_sipple

Blind leading the blind.


8 posted on 07/14/2008 1:21:31 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: stan_sipple
Used to call him MacHagel.

Now its O'Hagel.

9 posted on 07/14/2008 1:22:28 PM PDT by AU72
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To: stan_sipple
an examination of “whether the tactical buildup of U.S. troops has resulted in the progress necessary to resolve Iraq’s political differences, provide basic services to the Iraqi people and create long-term stability.”

Why do I feel like I already know their answer to this question?

10 posted on 07/14/2008 1:23:28 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: stan_sipple

Where’d Obama get Hegel... rent a Republican??? Guess taking Hegel inoculates him from the obvious.... Obama’s just going through the motions on this stuff... taking Hegel gives Obama SOME credibility I guess.


11 posted on 07/14/2008 1:23:32 PM PDT by SMARTY ('At some point you get tired of swatting flies, and you have to go for the manure heap' Gen. LeMay)
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To: stan_sipple

Ach... der Judas.


12 posted on 07/14/2008 1:23:45 PM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: stan_sipple
What a pair did he go to protect him or to explain what's going on as if Hagel knows, the RINO.
13 posted on 07/14/2008 1:26:46 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: HiramQuick

One thing is for sure. The safest place in Iraq will be anyplace within a mile of Barry Hussein. No terrorist in the world will want to see this traitor and potential president killed. In fact, al qaeda and the Taliban would be well advised to take about a five month vacation. Novembers results will let them know if the war will continue, or if they can declare victory!


14 posted on 07/14/2008 1:27:11 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: All
Hagel Retiring Announcement
15 posted on 07/14/2008 1:27:28 PM PDT by musicman
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To: stan_sipple

I guess they will be bringing a big box of surrender flags for the meeting to be used if he is elected.


16 posted on 07/14/2008 1:27:50 PM PDT by bikerman (_ _ . /_ _ _ /_ . . / / . . . . / . / . _ . . / . _ _ . / / . . _ / . . . //)
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To: stan_sipple

Hagel’s a republican? Maybe that explains the problem. Can’t we start a “run” on the Senate (similar to Chuckie’s financial experience)?


17 posted on 07/14/2008 1:28:25 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president! (it ain't over 'til it's over))
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To: stan_sipple

New Obama VP?


18 posted on 07/14/2008 1:31:56 PM PDT by BGHater (Heller v. DC= McCain-Feingold for Gun Control)
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To: stan_sipple

Why doesn’t Nebraska try to at least do a show recall on this joker? Purge him from the party or something.


19 posted on 07/14/2008 1:31:59 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (I would rather be water-boarded than vote for John McCain......)
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To: Oldpuppymax

I agree ... not just because of Obama .... but the 2 liberals that keep him company, the hate America first crowd. Giving terrorists across the world a free pass ‘cause “ terrorists are just ‘misunderstood’

(Barfing Now)


20 posted on 07/14/2008 1:34:00 PM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: SMARTY
taking Hegel gives Obama SOME credibility I guess.

With whom?

21 posted on 07/14/2008 1:34:38 PM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: stan_sipple
There had to be one A-Hole, RINO, who would be willing to give Barack ("Peace Be Upon His Middle No Name") Obama "legitimacy" by having a Pube who would be willing to give his name (and ostensibly his "party") to this far left, Socialist, moonbat.

Thanks Chuckie, you F'n turncoat.

While here in the Socialist People's Republic of Vermont, it is understandable what we have as far as Congresscritters, but WTF is wrong with Nebraska?

I was under the impression that Nebraska was a conservative state?

However between an outright DemoRat (Ben Nelson) and a pretend, RINO, snake, I can't help but wonder???

22 posted on 07/14/2008 1:35:05 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: AU72

News Flash, Hagel sponsors legislation to change Nebraska’s largest city name to Obamaha


23 posted on 07/14/2008 1:36:08 PM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

in fairness, Hagel is getting in line with the dozen or so other RINOS who are lookign to dance with BHO


24 posted on 07/14/2008 1:37:32 PM PDT by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple
Obama needs Hagel to explain what's going on...aand help him "refine" his position.

The game will be: "We have talked to the Generals and are reserving a position until we can figure out a winning position...because everything I've said to date is a crock".

25 posted on 07/14/2008 1:42:51 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Sacajaweau

One turncoat does not a bipartisan effort make!!!


26 posted on 07/14/2008 1:45:02 PM PDT by cla62
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To: Holicheese

Actually I think Obama has really hemmed himself in. Hagel is even more wrong headed and arrogant on Iraq than Reid. I don’t see how Obama will be able to announce anything but the most left wing drivel after this trip.


27 posted on 07/14/2008 1:50:49 PM PDT by Williams
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To: stan_sipple

60% chance this trip to Iraq proves to be Obama’s political downfall.


28 posted on 07/14/2008 1:51:53 PM PDT by Williams
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To: HiramQuick

Obama and Hagel make a such lovely couple I may swoon.


29 posted on 07/14/2008 1:53:16 PM PDT by hdstmf
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To: SMARTY
taking Hegel gives Obama SOME credibility I guess.

Not with Jews ... who he is continuing to alienate with moves like this one.

30 posted on 07/14/2008 2:20:01 PM PDT by freespirited (Never vote for a man who gets his nails done.)
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To: hdstmf

There’ll be some toe-tappin and wide-stancin’ goin’ on.


31 posted on 07/14/2008 2:42:33 PM PDT by steve8714 (If they leave you alone are you free or at peace?)
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To: stan_sipple
Me thinks Chuck should go... and never, ever come back!
32 posted on 07/14/2008 2:47:24 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Williams

I can see Hillary and Bill’s mechanics, working on the plane right now...


33 posted on 07/14/2008 2:50:37 PM PDT by mallardx
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To: stan_sipple

I don’t think this is a bad idea on Hagel’s part. Maybe he can teach Obama a few things.


34 posted on 07/14/2008 3:20:36 PM PDT by vanishing liberty
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To: Oldpuppymax
The safest place in Iraq will be anyplace within a mile of Barry Hussein. No terrorist in the world will want to see this traitor and potential president killed

A terrorist funded by the Clintons would...


35 posted on 07/14/2008 3:51:49 PM PDT by ProfoundMan ( See my profile for hundreds of little freeper pics!)
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To: jennyjenny
Idiots who will buy their trip (and of course their subsequent statements about Iraq) as genuine bi-partisantism in action.
36 posted on 07/15/2008 4:47:52 AM PDT by SMARTY ('At some point you get tired of swatting flies, and you have to go for the manure heap' Gen. LeMay)
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