Put up or shut up, Chucky
This seems to be the general reaction around the left blogosphere to the recent statements made by Chuck "I'm not McCain but I like his schtick" Hagel. I'm glad for it, because for too long, faux-moderates like Hagel and McCain have talked a good game on opposing Bush on Iraq and have failed to come through time and again. Here's what he said:
Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, acknowledged the U.S. military presence was becoming harder and harder to justify. He believes Iraq faces a serious danger of civil war that would threaten Middle East stability, and said there is little Washington can do to avert this.
"We are seen as occupiers, we are targets. We have got to get out. I don't think we can sustain our current policy, nor do I think we should," he said at one stop.
For what it's worth, I think he's right, but then again, I thought this was going to happen well before we ever went into Iraq in the first place.
But whether or not I think it doesn't matter--I'm an English teacher, a poet, and a blogger with a very small audience. Hagel, on the other hand, is a US Senator, one of one hundred in the world, with a measure of power I can only imagine. He can actually force the issue.
So let's see how much you mean it, Chucky.