Scorpio’s World

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FDH “Guest Editorial”

Posted by scorpiomkm on January 18, 2007

                     The Felicity Daily Herald
                       “All the news that’s fit to print; and a whole lot more”

                                                          Guest Editorial

San Francisco Chronicle

A man for our times — Chuck Hagel

Robert Scheer, Creators Syndicate, Inc.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

    CHUCK HAGEL for president! If it ever narrows down to a choice between him and some Democratic hack who hasn’t the guts to fundamentally challenge the president on Iraq, then the conservative Republican from Nebraska will have my vote. Yes, the war is that important, and the fact that Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, the leading Democratic candidate, still can’t — or won’t — take a clear stand on the occupation is insulting to the vast majority of voters who have.

    Sen. Hagel is a decorated Vietnam War vet who learned the crucial lessons of that Democratic-launched debacle of post-colonial imperialism. Even more important, he has the courage to challenge a president of his own party who so clearly didn’t.

    “The speech, given last night (Jan. 10) by this president, represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam,” Hagel said. “We are projecting ourselves further and deeper into a situation that we cannot win militarily.

    “To ask our young men and women to sacrifice their lives to be put in the middle of a civil war is wrong. It’s, first of all, in my opinion, morally wrong. It’s tactically, strategically, militarily wrong,” he added.

    If Sen. Barak Obama of Illinois, another Democratic darling, has uttered words of such clarifying dissent on the president’s disastrous course, then I haven’t heard them. Instead, too many leading Democratic politicians continue to act as if they fear that if they are forthright in opposing the war, they will appear weak, whether on national security or the protection of Israel, and so ignore the clear, strong voice of the American people that just revived their party’s fortunes.

    Ever since President Ronald Reagan painted foreign policy as a simplistic war of good versus evil, the Republican Party has been in the thrall of neocon adventurers. Yet, the national emergence of Hagel reminds us that, two decades earlier, it was Dwight D. Eisenhower, a war hero and a Republican, who was the only president to clearly challenge the simplistic and jingoistic militarism that most Democrats embraced during the Cold War. It was Eisenhower, in fact, who refused to send troops to Vietnam, and his Democratic successors who opened the gates of war.

    True conservatives, going back to George Washington, have always been wary of the “foreign entanglements” that our first general and president warned against in his farewell address. And it is in that spirit, recognizing the limits to U.S. military power, that Hagel spoke this past Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, late of an oft-opportunistic Democratic Party that saw fit to nominate him as recently as 2000 for the vice presidency, had just finished accusing those who don’t support Bush’s escalation of the war of being “all about failing.” In his defense of the indefensible, Lieberman baldly repeated many of Bush’s lies that launched this war four years ago.

    “The American people … have been attacked on 9/11 by the same enemy that we’re fighting in Iraq today, supported by a rising Islamist radical super-powered government in Iran,” said the fearmonger. “Allowing Iraq to collapse would be a disaster for the Iraqis, for the Middle East, for us, that would embolden the Iranians and al Qaeda, who are our enemies. And they would follow us back here.”

    Never mind the ridiculous image of “super-powered” Iran invading the United States, or the fact that foreign jihadists — arriving after the overthrow of anti-fundamentalist strongman Saddam Hussein — make up a tiny fraction of the combatants in Iraq. The question is how the apparently intelligent Lieberman doesn’t understand that the main task of our troops for most of their stay in Iraq has been, de facto, to expand the power of Shiite theocrats trained for decades in Iran. Tehran couldn’t have baited a better trap.

    In any case, Hagel refused to bite on Lieberman’s apocalyptic vision, which somehow manages to skip the hard truth that Iraq has collapsed because of our involvement, not despite it.

    “[T]he fact is, the Iraqi people will determine the fate of Iraq,” Hagel responded, in what amounts to a radical opinion in paternalistic, arrogant Washington. “The people of the Middle East will determine their fate. We continue to interject ourselves in a situation that we never have understood, we’ve never comprehended [and] we now have to devise a way to find some political consensus with our allies [and] the regional powers, including Iran and Syria.

    “To say that we are going to feed more young men and women into that grinder, put them in the middle of a tribal, sectarian civil war, is not going to fix the problem,” he added.

    Words of wisdom that set the standard for anyone running for president.


    To demonstrate that I’m not your TYPICAL Liberal, what I’m about to say should dispel that notion.

    The Writer of the above piece is no doubt a ‘hard core’ Conservative; and a man I know doubt would disagree with 99% of the time. But unlike MOST Conservatives & Ideologists, I can ‘reach out’ and applaud those that can THINK clearly on Issues regardless their Party affiliation.

    Even Sheer in the instant OP-ED piece he wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Sheer is ‘dead on it’ when he calls his fellow Republican neocons as “War/Fear Mongerers”; he’s ‘right on’ when he portrays Dems as ‘spineless’ not to oppose THIS PRESIDENT re the current ‘surge’ in U.S. Troops; and he’s ‘hit the nail on the head’ insofar as Liberman ~ old “Jelly Fish” himself. But nowhere is Sheer so ‘dead on the mark’ as when it comes to Chuck Hagel.

    Oh, I KNOW Hagel is from a Red State (Nebraska), and he’s as Conservative as the day is long; however, when it comes to a Principled Position re the ‘Iraqi War’ Hagel has often been the Republican “Lone Ranger” that TODAY puts him in good stead with many: even Democrats and Independents.

    I’ve always been a Fan of Chuck Hagel. And I can’t wait until he faces Obama for the Presidency of the United States! 

                                               : ) 


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