To ask our young men and women to sacrifice their lives to be put in the middle of a civil war is wrong.Hagel's been a good guy for a while now, but what's shocking to me is that the poll numbers really haven't changed. I had kind of assumed that as the drumbeat of escalation really got going, we'd see a shift in public support. I guess Bush really has lost that magic touch he once had. I understood that was possible, but really, I didn't expect it.
It’s, first of all, in my opinion, morally wrong. It’s tactically, strategically, militarily wrong.
When you were engaging Chairman Biden on this issue on the specific question of, Will our troops go into Iran or Syria in pursuit, based on what the president said last night?, you cannot sit here today — not because you’re dishonest or you don’t understand — but no one in our government can sit here today and tell Americans that we won’t engage the Iranians and the Syrians cross-border.
Some of us remember 1970, Madam Secretary. And that was Cambodia. And when our government lied to the American people and said, We didn’t cross the border going into Cambodia, in fact we did. I happen to know something about that, as do some on this committee.
So, Madam Secretary, when you set in motion the kind of policy that the president is talking about here, it’s very, very dangerous. As a matter of fact, I have to say, Madam Secretary, that I think this speech given last night by this president represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam — if it’s carried out.
I will resist it.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I heart Chuck Hagel
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