From the Heartland

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

As a member of which party will Hagel run for President in 2008?

Recently, in an effort to distance himself from the current administrion in an effort to pad his chances for a run for the White House in 2008 Senator Chuck Hagel has been running his mouth about Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

In response to Rumsfeld "You go to war with the military you have, not the one you wish you had";

U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, said troops in Iraq "deserved a far better answer than that flippant response."

I did not realize that stating the cold hard facts was now considered flippant Senator. The truth is Senator that neither the President nor Secretary Rumsfeld can say publically why the military is in the shape it is.

It is not proper for one administration to publically critisize the actions of a previous administration, and you know it. Just like you know the real reason the military is in the shape it was when President Bush was sworn in. You know you can get all the mouth-all-mighty you want and the administration cannot respond in kind because they have too much honor and character to publically deride the previous president, no matter how thruthful it is, and you know that too.

But wait there's more;

"That might work in a newsroom where you can be cute with a television audience," he told CNN this week, "but not in a room where you're putting men and women in harm's way. I wonder what the parents thought."

I know what some of the parents think; they know what a sad state of affairs this countries military and foreign policies were in when President Bush was elected the first time. That is why they voted for him.

Every time things got a little hot for our troops during Clintons tenure he cut and ran, never once did he give the military the support it needed. Never once did he respond with the authority he should have. The first time the Trade Center was hit, the downed Blackhawk, the U.S Cole, the U.S. Embassies in Africa, and others, all attacks on the United States that went unanswered. Because of that people like bin Laden and Hussein reached the in-escapable conclusion that the once mighty United States was being run by a bunch of cowards that would not commit troops to anything that might get them hurt. That is why we had 911 Senator Hagel.

Last but not least;

Rumsfeld told the troops that shortages of armor did not stem from a lack of money but were "a matter of physics." The manufacturers of add-on armor are producing it as fast as humanly possible, he said.

Senator Hagel you have been a Senator from Nebraska since 1996, in all of those early years no one seems to remember you complaining that the military was falling apart under Clintons watch. Why weren't you a voice in the darkness then? Surely your military experience told you then something was wrong, why did you wait eight years to say something? Your silence then was Golden Senator.

So why now? Why are you showing all this care and concern for the military now? We know why Senator, your hitting all the Sunday shows strutting, preaching and posturing to make yourself heard so that everyone will know who you are when you toss your hat in the ring in a bid for the White House in 2008.

You were head of the Re-elect Geaorge Bush for President Campaign in Nebraska and during the election process you constantly reminded people of the mistakes you thought the President was making. Some would question whether that was being loyal to the party.

During the the Republican Convention you co-hosted, in the same city, with former Senator Bob Kerrey a dinner for Presidential rival John Kerry. Some would question whether that was being loyal to the party.

Now you are critisizing the President and his Secretary of Defense when there are some of us that know full well you know the truth about why the military was in the shape it was. Some would question whether that was being loyal to the party.

I think the only question that needs answered is; under which party banner are you going to run in 2008?

Clinton-Hagel 2008, I can just see it now.

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