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Is Chuck Hagel a Pacifist?
National Journal*, by Michael Hirsh

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/17/2012 5:40:48 AM

Chuck Hagel is, by his own admission, haunted by Vietnam. When asked to explain his early opposition to George W. Bush´s 2003 Iraq invasion in an interview in 2011, the former Nebraska senator harked back to his experience as an Army private fighting the Tet offensive in 1968. That maverick stance cost Hagel his reputation as a leading Republican, and it may be one reason why President Obama is now considering him as his next Defense secretary, with Leon Panetta set to retire. "We sent home almost 16,000 body bags that year," Hagel told me.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 12/17/2012 5:53:59 AM     (No. 9070219)

I have to admit that Iraq was a very dumb war.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JAN, 12/17/2012 6:14:14 AM     (No. 9070230)

No, he´s an anti semite.

Let´s not obfuscate.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 12/17/2012 6:34:09 AM     (No. 9070252)

As a pacifist, what is his stance on President Drone Strike, his kill list, and the thousands of innocents killed by these drones? Or is Hagel an opportunistic pacifist, who only brings up body bags when a R is in office?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: miceal, 12/17/2012 6:43:51 AM     (No. 9070271)

I know he´s a RINO...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: nonsense, 12/17/2012 7:05:41 AM     (No. 9070299)

Have to agree with #3. It is estimated that the O-mama drone kill number is between 2,500 and 3,300 citizens of Pakistan, including nearly 300 children. Where is the love for these children? There had better be a room in Hades for crimes against humanity and the most innocent of all, children.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 12/17/2012 7:14:13 AM     (No. 9070318)

I dunno, Mr. Hagel, I was there for the Tet Offensive in 1968. It didn´t screw me up enough to make me vote for a Democrat...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Judith, 12/17/2012 7:29:16 AM     (No. 9070340)

I thought hagel had some very important (i.e, profitable)business relations with a bank that was financially involved with Iran?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 12/17/2012 7:51:52 AM     (No. 9070374)

It really doesn´t matter what flaws he might have - from trivial to criminal. If nominated, his ´friends on both sides of the aisle´ will confirm him unamimously because, you see, he once held the royal title of Senator.




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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bevan, 12/17/2012 7:59:52 AM     (No. 9070394)

"I have to admit that Iraq was a very dumb war." (#1)
Maybe, but imagine if Saddam was still around with Lybia, Egypt and Syria all turning to Islamic extremist regimes.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: dadofboys, 12/17/2012 8:16:42 AM     (No. 9070432)

I dont really care.... I dont see much worth fighting for here anyway. The battle is internal at this point.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: LouD, 12/17/2012 8:31:49 AM     (No. 9070461)

FTA: "Hagel, a warrior who earned two Purple Hearts in Vietnam,..."
Purple Hearts are not necessarily indicative of a person´s persona, eg. John F´n Kerry, who got them for scratches and self-inflicted cuts (by his stupid actions). I´m not trying to disparage the award, only to point out that by itself it does not tell one what the circumstances were that resulted in a Purple Heart.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GO3, 12/17/2012 9:33:28 AM     (No. 9070556)

#1, then why did Hagel and his buddies in the legislature keep passing supplemental budgets to pay for it?


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