A leading Republican senator and prospective presidential candidate said Sunday that the war in Iraq has destabilized the Middle East and is looking more like the Vietnam conflict from a generation ago.
Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (news, bio, voting record), who received two Purple Hearts and other military honors for his service in Vietnam, reiterated his position that the United States needs to develop a strategy to leave Iraq.
Hagel said "stay the course" is not a policy. "By any standard, when you analyze 2 1/2 years in Iraq ... we're not winning," he said.
Interesting that one of the rare Vietnam War vets in the GOP is the one who doesn't continue to spew useless platitudes about how awesome we're doing in Iraq.
compulsive ideological hacks Senators George Allen and Trent Lott both continue to insist we’re winning in Iraq. Don’t bet on it, bubs. “Winning” isn’t a subjective term like it is here in the United States. Hijacked voting machines won’t do anything against an insurgency, I’m afraid.