Hagel (R) Lays It on the Line in Hearing on Iraq Resolution
Very strong words from Vietnam veteran Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) in the hearing today on a resolution disapproving Bush's surge strategy in Iraq:
"We'd better be damned sure we know what we're doing, all of us, before we put 22,000 more Americans into that grinder," [said Hagel]. "We better be as sure as you can be, and I want every one of you -- every one of us 100 senators to look in that camera and you tell your people back home what you think. Don't hide anymore. None of us." ...
"We fail our country if we don't debate this -- if we don't debate this we are not worthy of our country," Hagel said. "We fail our country."
"Stop the impugning of people's motives," Hagel added. "Stop the political stuff -- all of us. All of us. This is much bigger than that. And if we're not adult enough to understand that, we will loose the confidence of the American public. That's what's happened right now."