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GOP Showdown: Hagel vs. McCain

Posted on Jan 22, 2007
Hagel and McCain
From Crooks and Liars

John McCain may be a little miffed that the president is sending only 21,500 additional troops to Iraq, but he still supports a surge—even, aparently, if it’s unlikely to succeed. Chuck Hagel, on the other hand, thinks sending any troops into a civil war is a mistake, particularly if the prime minister of Iraq doesn’t even want them around.

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    By riley, November 21, 2008 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment
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    so how did that whole surge thing work out?

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    By Jon, January 25, 2007 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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    Helloooooooooo McCain, you ain’t no listening!
    Overwhelming majority of the CIVILIZED americans and the world’s CIVILIZED populace are against the war.

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    By royzie, January 25, 2007 at 5:37 am Link to this comment
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    Their is a valid and important case for endeavouring to damp down the violence in Baghdad and Anbar. The principal victims are civilians in their thousands, the perpetrators theocratic bully-boys,  the future of an elected government is at stake. The military plan is classic counter-insurgency and has an above average chance of succeeding.

    McCain is one of the few on the Hill who seems prepared to risk personal electoral unpopularity in pursuit of the bigger picture and should be applauded for sticking to his principles. Whether you support him or not comes down I guess to whether you’re a quitter or not.

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    By Donzo Knutski, January 24, 2007 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment
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    Has anybody noticed lately that McCain appears to be Joe Liberman with a bunch of marbles in his cheeks…?Has anyone seen the two of them together ? Is this like the Yassar Arafat may be Ringo Starr controversy ? The media needs to get to the bottom of this.

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    By SparklePonyFan, January 24, 2007 at 11:58 am Link to this comment
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    Beware of pilots leading armies. Grunts and pilots experience war differently; see war differently. See Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush, John McCain. Is there a pattern here?

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    By Steve Hammons, January 23, 2007 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment
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    McCain sometimes seems to still be trying to win the Vietnam War. He seems to feel that the US would have achieved “victory” if only we’d stayed longer, killed more Vietnamese and used adequate resources.

    Recently, he connected the welfare of our Army and Marine Corps with “victory” in Iraq is a widely distributed “sound bite” statement.

    This quote forms a key basis of the article below, and how it is based on an incorrect mindset:

    Army and Marine Corps will retain strength and honor after Iraq occupation ends

    By Steve Hammons
    American Chronicle
    December 14, 2006

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    By trantieungoc, January 23, 2007 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment
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    Hanoi government has promised to give the Hanoi Hilton (formely Hoa Lo prison) to John McCain if he was elected. He’d use the Hanoi Hilton as his new “Whore House”.

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    By Quy Tran, January 23, 2007 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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    Bush/Cheney should send all of their “excellent”
    staffers to help John McCain, from Carl Rove, Libby, Rice…going down to all janitors and chefs so Mc Cain could have a duplicate of buffoonery administration. Their tragi-dramas are free of charge.

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    By FrostedFlakes, January 23, 2007 at 10:47 am Link to this comment
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    Once again John McCain has shown that he is only interested in capturing the “Bushies” attention , for when a politician as corporatized as Chuck Hagel is the most reasonable voice of a faction, it truly represents a sad state of affairs.

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    By Lamonte, January 23, 2007 at 10:47 am Link to this comment
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    In McCain’s interview on MTP Sunday morning he said he was sure that Al Queda and the terrorists in Iraq “would want to follow us home” if we leave Iraq without a clear victory.  Does he really believe that hopeless effort in Iraq is stopping them from coming now?  Is he suggesting we can never leave Iraq?

    Boggs is right to say that McCain is the ultimate flip flopper.  Just check the political wind today to see which way McCain is blowing.

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    By Boggs, January 23, 2007 at 7:19 am Link to this comment
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    I laugh at McCain and his brainstorming, he adopts the policies of Bush so he can inherit the Bush camp vote. McCain has saddle sores on both sides of his arse from riding both sides of the fence.
    I have a lot of respect for Hagel and hope he runs for president. Otherwise the media intends to shove Hillary ahead in all THEIR polls and she will be a media shoo-in that won’t require the Supreme Court interference.

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