The Fifth Horseman: Conservative Criticism of the War

Friday, August 19, 2005

 

Conservative Criticism of the War

Ah, how I love when things go poorly for the President. Over these past few months, political junkies (such as myself) may have noticed an interesting trend on Capital Hill: the widening gap between the Republicans in Congress and the Republicans in the White House.

Perhaps most encouraging of all is a story about Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska. On Thursday, Sen. Hagel strongly criticized the Administration for its handling of the Iraq War and treatment of Cindy Sheehan.

You can read the full story here: http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/08/18/hagel.iraq/index.html.

For your reading pleasure, I have posted some of Hagel's more aggressive criticisms of the Administration.

Hagel started off by mocking Dick Cheney's June assertion that the insurgency was in its "last throes":

"Maybe the vice president can explain the increase in casualties we're taking...if that's winning, then he's got a different definition of winning than I do."

Hagel then went on to discuss the emerging parallels between Iraq and the Vietnam War:

"The longer we stay in Iraq, the more similarities will start to develop, meaning essentially that we are getting more and more bogged down, taking more and more casualties, more and more heated dissension and debate in the United States..."

Hagel also defended comments he made to U.S. News an World Report in June in which he said:

"...the White House is completely disconnected from reality"

Hagel then went on to criticize the President's callous handling of Cindy Sheehan, saying:

"I think the wise course of action, the compassionate course of action, the better course of action would have been to immediately invite her in to the ranch. It should have been done when this whole thing started. Listen to her."

Funny, Hagel's comments eerily resemble my own from yesterday's entry. (http://lunchtimesedition.blogspot.com/2005/08/fantasies-from-right-wing.html) Yesterday, I asserted that the White House, and the Far Right as a whole, was completely out of touch with reality with regards to the growing quagmire in Iraq. Several conservatives posted angry comments, asserting that I, and all liberal in general, were defeatist and out of touch with reality.

However, it is now impossible for those same angry conservatives to simply attack us principled left-wingers, as powerful conservatives are finally criticizing the Administration's complete loss of touch with reality.

Perhaps, finally, we can bring Dubya's fragile house of cards tumbling down around his ears.

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