Skip to comments.Hawks on Iraq Prepare for War Again, Against Hagel
Posted on 01/14/2013 1:32:15 AM PST by darrellmaurina
In the bitter debate that led up to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska said that some of his fellow Republicans, in their zest for war, lacked the perspective of veterans like him, who have sat in jungles or foxholes and watched their friends get their heads blown off.
Those Republicans in turn called him an appeaser whose cautious geopolitical approach dangerously telegraphed weakness in the post-Sept. 11 world.
The campaign now being waged against Mr. Hagels nomination as secretary of defense is in some ways a relitigation of that decade-old dispute. It is also a dramatic return to the public stage by the neoconservatives whose worldview remains a powerful undercurrent in the Republican Party and in the national debate about the United States relationship with Israel and the Middle East.
To Mr. Hagels allies, his presence at the Pentagon would be a very personal repudiation of the interventionist approach to foreign policy championed by the so-called Vulcans in the administration of President George W. Bush, who believed in pre-emptive strikes against potential threats and the promotion of democracy, by military means if necessary.
This is the neocons worst nightmare because youve got a combat soldier, successful businessman and senator who actually thinks there may be other ways to resolve some questions other than force, said Richard L. Armitage, who broke with the more hawkish members of the Bush team during the Iraq war when he was a deputy to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell.
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Can this get pinged to some of the Jewish/pro-Israel lists? Not sure who runs those lists on Free Republic.
The premiere pinger on things Jewish.
There are other ways to approach these problems says Neville Chamberlain
I really don’t care for Hagel, but he was right on this one!
Where is it written that the US must FIRST win the damn war, then LOSE the peace?
We don’t always win the war, if that makes you feel better.
Thank God Chamberlain was replaced, so that Britain didn’t lose its empire, cede control of its foreign policy to foreigners, go into massive debt, accelerate the Welfare State, and allow totalitarian evildoers to occupy half of Europe. Oh, wait, that’s exactly what happened.
Thanks to FDR for having a big part in all of that. With the biggest part by the British electorate, of course.
Thats right,Chamberlains Heirs took Care of that
Pentagon begins campaign to bust myths about nominee Hagel
Will Hagel be any worse than the other commie DaFence Secretary Panetta? BTW when have the Republican Hawks ever been right about anything aka Libya/Syria/Mali clusterfux.
If Hagel lacked the wherewithal to be an officer in Vietnam, he certainly can not be trusted with command of DOD
What troubles me most is they’re all but silent on Kerry, of all people, while at eachother’s throats over Hagel. It’s almost as if Dems planned it that way, without the “it’s almost as if” part. A Pub running defense who doesn’t want war with Iran is like your wife sleeping with your brother to some people. We usually call them neoconservarives. I prefer the less confusing term imperialists.
The Pentago does whatever Obama tells them to do.
You are right.
Kerry is a POS from the word go, but for some reason theylike him. Maybe he buys the drinks at the Senate bar often.
Yeah, I expect the commie Senate to let sKerry skate through confirmation just as they did Panetta. Even shitstained Demint’s office lied about his vote to confirm Panetta!
“....but for some reason theylike him”...