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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 10:06 PM
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Hagel's (R-Ne) year in Vietnam shaped feelings on Iraq (OWH)
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Published Sunday
January 21, 2007

Hagel's year in Vietnam shaped feelings on Iraq

BY JAKE THOMPSON

WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

WASHINGTON - When he sees images of carnage and combat beaming from Iraq, Chuck Hagel thinks back.

He remembers himself as a 21-year-old Army grunt in the jungles of Vietnam nearly four decades ago.

He remembers terrifying patrols with his brother, Tom; buddies dying before their eyes; and how awful war can be.

He remembers Congress' silence about the troop buildup; how bitterly divided America became; how it all ended in a debacle in 1975.

He doesn't want history to repeat itself.

"I'll be damned if I'm going to stand there and accept the status quo and let it all happen again," he said in an interview.

"That is morally wrong. Our country deserves better - especially the men and women at the bottom who are asked to fight and die."

With a conviction fueled by his own experiences in the Vietnam War, Hagel co-sponsored a nonbinding resolution that would put Congress on record opposing President Bush's new strategy to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq. It's a bold affront to the Republican president by a member of his own party.



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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 10:08 PM
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1. cannot get past his involvement with fraudulent electronic voting machines
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 10:09 PM
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2. This is why it is important to have combat veterans
around when policy is made. They understand what it means to send someone to war.
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arewenotdemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 10:38 PM
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3. I agree
I know Hagel voted for the IWR, but at least he's been speaking out against this war for some time now.

Which is more than can be said for some of our Party's candidates.
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jcrew2001 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 10:41 PM
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4. nom
hopefully Hagel will win the GOP nom
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