Soft Spot for Chuck Hagel
Although I think Senator Hagel will continue the domestic disaster of the Bush Administration--after all, he is also a conservative--I now find him to be the last Republican Senator that I could trust. He's been the most consistent GOP critic of the war in Iraq. And unlike McCain, when he calls to respect the freedom of people to disagree with the president, he doesn't use his next sentence to say critics are helping the terrorists. It was nice to see Hagel come out and say how ignorant McCain's proposal to send more troops into Iraq is. From his op-ed in the Post:
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...I don't know if he'll run for president, but I'd be happy to see him win the GOP nomination. He has yet to reveal the snake-oil salesmanship that seems to have seeped out of McCain, Guiliani and Romney. I think he's the only GOP contender that could elevate the level of debate, instead of relying on the Rove/Gingrich/DeLay slime that has plagued our country for the last 12 years.
...We have misunderstood, misread, misplanned and mismanaged our honorable intentions in Iraq with an arrogant self-delusion reminiscent of Vietnam. Honorable intentions are not policies and plans. Iraq belongs to the 25 million Iraqis who live there. They will decide their fate and form of government.