Hagel scoffed at the idea that U.S. troops could be in Iraq four years from now at levels above 100,000, a contingency for which the Pentagon is preparing.
“We should start figuring out how we get out of there,” Hagel said on “This Week” on ABC. “But with this understanding, we cannot leave a vacuum that further destabilizes the Middle East. I think our involvement there has destabilized the Middle East. And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur.”
Hagel said “stay the course” is not a policy. “By any standard, when you analyze 2 1/2 years in Iraq … we’re not winning,” he said.
Well, no shit, Chuckles. In fact, while you’re pushing as self-evident points that others have been villified for the last two years for daring to make in public (see Kerry, John; Dean, Howard; Sheehan, Cindy; Clarke, Richard; Wilson, Joe; ad infinitum, ad nauseum), while you’re talking about fucking the grand and glorious cause for which you Republicans sacrificed sons and daughters not your own as if it hardly even matters what they fought for now, maybe you might like to throw out an apology to all those whose lives your party has destroyed to prop up the Future Islamic Republic of Iraq.
Because when we leave, and make no mistake it’s going to be soon, Hagel didn’t just go out there and start talking all on his own, we’ll be leaving a horrible mess that dishonors everyone who died for it. And all because the neocons running the Pentagon didn’t feel like listening to anything except the policy equivalent of their moms telling them how good the finger painting they did at War Camp today was.
We’ll be leaving soon, but that doesn’t mean they get away with it. Democratic Congress in 2006 or bust, bitches. It’s the only way we’re ever going to find out exactly what happened, and punish those responsible, though we’ll never be able to punish them enough.
If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the library, reading everything I can find that supports the existence of hell.