Tuesday, April 01, 2008

It was bound to happen someday

It’s not often that we write positively about a republican (in our defense, it is rare when they actually do something positive), but this deserves a mention.

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) appeared on The Daily Show last night and uttered his oft-repeated line that the Iraq war is “one of the great blunders of American history” (right next to electing George W. Bush, but I’m getting off-track)

He went on to counter the Bush White House’s justification of the war, saying; “… they continue to justify something that’s not justifiable. It’s Alice in Wonderland: what’s up is down, what’s down is up.”

Hagel’s comments come on the heel of him stridently rejecting the idea that the surge has been a “success” considering the fact that U.S. has “lost over 900 dead Americans since the surge”, a point that the Bush(whacked) Administration chooses to ignore.

Granted, Hagel’s recent remarks are probably an attempt to either enhance his ‘out-the-door’ legacy (he announced last September that he won’t run for re-election) or an attempt to secure himself a cabinet position in an Obama, Clinton or (doubtful but still possible) McCain administration… but regardless of the reasons, he’s still saying something, a tactic that few others have been able to do in these last eight years.

Hopefully he’ll continue… cause, as my esteemed colleague Scott says; “It's nice when someone from that side of the aisle can step up and do or say what's right.”

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