Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Why Even the Republicans I Like I Don't Like

Charles Pierce has a fascinating and brilliantly written profile in the latest Esquire on Senator Chuck Hagel, who, if nothing else, realizes the Iraq War is a total mess. But then he has to go and say something like this:

Congress abdicated its oversight responsibility. The press abdicated its responsibility, and the American people abdicated their responsibilities. Terror was on the minds of everyone, and nobody questioned anything, quite frankly.

Dear Senator Hagel, did you forget people did question? Millions, world-wide (not that we care about the rest of the world or we might not be so casual about pre-emptively waging war with it). Here's the opening of a Wikipedia entry:

The February 15, 2003 anti-war protest was a coordinated day of protests across the world against the imminent invasion of Iraq. Millions of people protested in approximately 800 cities around the world. According to BBC News, between six and ten million people took part in protests in up to sixty countries over the weekend of the 15th and 16th; other estimates range from eight million to thirty million.

Indeed, even in red Nebraska, your state, Senator Hagel, there was a protest:

Plenty of folks questioned. No one in power answered.

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Blogger Tom Hilton said...

Hagel may be right about the war, but he's still fundamentally a conservative Republican. A Republican with some integrity (rare beast, that) but still a Republican.

9:03 AM  

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