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Chuck Hagel’s View of Iraq

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 Senator Chuck Hagel was interviewed yesterday by Meredith Vieira on the Today show. The topic was Hagel’s support for the Non-binding resolution opposing U.S. troop increases inIraq . Senator Hagel answered one question by stating: “Our troops are in a war they cannot win.”

I don’t know about you, but that small comment set my blood to boilin’! I take offense to the Senator’s comment as a Veteran and as an American. Who is he to attempt to demoralize troops now in the field laying their lives on the line in defense of liberty? And Hagel wants to be President? What would he bring to the table that is different from any other spineless jackass on Capital Hill?Show me one war, just one, from which the United States Armed Forces have not emerged victoriously when the politicians have kept their hands off the military.

In the last 115 years, every war that has been won has been won militarily. Every war that could be considered a draw, or a loss, has had its result due to politics.

A cursory review of major conflicts show’s this to be true:

The Spanish American War—Military Solution—Win

World War One—Military Solution—Win

World War Two—Military Solution—Win

The Korean War—Political Solution—Ongoing Conflict

The Vietnam War—Political Solution—Political Loss

(I call that a political loss because that’s exactly what it was. A bunch of politicians ignoring what was right to appease some peaceniks at the expense of soldiers in the field. I served with Vietnam Vet’s and can categorically state that they deserved a lot better than they received from the politicians or the rat bastard, so called, peace crowd. I wish Sonny Barger and The Hell’s Angels would have gotten hold of Jerry Rubin inBerkeley in 1965, footage of that beating would be worth paying for!)
Grenada —Military Solution—Win (Finally scored one against Castro)

Panama —Military Solution—Win

Gulf War WON—Military Solution—Win

Somalia —Political Solution—Anyone seen Black Hawk Down? Yeah, the Clintons REALLY support our troops.

The current Iraqi War? When the military was in charge, victory was a forgone conclusion. Now, with the politicians in charge, who knows how it will end.

When I worked as a Corrections Officer, we used go into jail cells and separate prisoners who were fighting. I received a bit of wisdom from an old timer that, although on a smaller scale, fits very well with the fighting in Iraq .Standing outside of a holding tank containing roughly 50 riled up inmates, I asked what I should do once we entered the cell; he looked at me and said: “Kid, we’re going to go in there and kick ass until there’s no asses left to kick.”

Senator Hagel, please don’t ever get up on national television and make an ass of yourself again; certainly not if you are aiming for higher office.

The war that America can’t win has yet to be invented… That is if the politicians will stay out of it.



Written by thescolai

January 27, 2007 at 12:31 am

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  1. Hi

    Chuck is not a genius.

    Chuck is not a leader.

    Chuck is not a statesman. a panering, weaselly politician with no sense of loyalty.

    I agree, he shamed and embarrassed himself. Now, is he the only one who doesn’t realize that?

    Thanks for your post.


    January 27, 2007 at 1:38 am

  2. Well…you carefully worded your post to basically admit that you did not serve IN Vietnam…so I’d tend to believe Mr. Hagel’s assessment of the situation. Most Vietnam veterans are quick to admit that throwing military might at an embedded civilian insurgency is a no-win situation. It’s not too late to change your mind. I’d believe someone with personal experience in those types of conflicts (Vietnam, Iraq) before I’d believe the rhetoric of a man who has no personal stake in the war and has probably never been out of the green zone.


    January 27, 2007 at 2:09 am

  3. To further elaborate on my earlier comment, the Grenada “war” was a three-day war. Also, as to Iraq experience of soldiers, you should try reading their blogs or looking at independent documentaries which portray the negative truth of the situation.

    Oh…also…it might help to note that the Sec. of Defense said quite plainly that we are “not winning” in Iraq.


    January 27, 2007 at 2:11 am

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