Senator Hagel & the Vietnam analogy
I have been reading news reports that Vietnam Veteran, GOP senator and 08 presidential hopefull Chuck Hagel announced that Iraq looks like Vietnam and that the US needs to get out of there A.S.A.P. and not in 4 years or anything. He warned that if the US stays there for another 4 years, bad, very bad things will happen: Hagel added: "It would bog us down, it would further destabilize the Middle East, it would give Iran more influence, it would hurt Israel , it would put our allies over there in Saudi Arabia and Jordan in a terrible position." He continued: "And puppies will die, our daughters will become lesbians, the moon will crash into the earth, zombies will rise and eagels will eat your son's penis." Ok, he didn't really says that last part ; that last part was all me. I guess I ws doing that thing, whatchamacallit? Yeah, trying to make a point. anyway, here is what else he said. " It won't be four years. We need to be out." Mr Hagel, isn't it a little too early to be running for president? I mean, I understand that the public sentiment towards the Iraq War is not really popular in the US these days, but should you really be playing politics with something like that? Trying to score early points as the early dissenter are we? And please, can you explain to me again how exactly is the US stay there endangering Israel or increasing's Iran's influence? I would think that if the US left then that would increase Iran's influence in Iraq far more, no? And how is it endangering Israel exactly? What, arabs are hating it more? They want it destroyed all of a sudden now? Where have you been those past 60 years? Dude, you and I know that Iraq isn't Vietnam. So don't use that analogy, because the two situations aren't even comparable. I know you are a Vietnam Vet, and you think that gives you some kind of asbolute authority over topics of war for some reason, but so was John F'n Kerry. Big deal! Look, if you believe that the US should cut and run, then please read this and my comments here and why that would be a horrible thing to do. And dude, 4 more years isn't the worst case scenario, but don't take it from me, take it from your fellow GOP senator Lindsey Graham: "The worst-case scenario is not staying four years. The worst-case scenario is leaving a dysfunctional, repressive government behind that becomes part of the problem in the war on terror and not the solution," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday. Listen to the man, dude. Listen to the man.