Chuck Hagel in Foreign Relations Committee



this is not a defeatist resolution this is not a cut and run resolution we are not talking about cutting off funds not supporting the troops this is a very real responsible addressing of the most divisive issue in this country since Vietnam yes sure it's tough absolutely and I think all 100 senators ought to be on the line on this what do you believe what are you willing to support what do you think why are you elected if you wanted a safe job go sell shoes this is a tough business but is it any tougher us having to take a tough vote express ourselves and have the courage to step up then what we're asking our young men and women to do I don't think so I don't know how many United States senators believe we have a coherent strategy in Iraq I don't think we've ever had a coherent strategy in fact i would even challenge the administration today to show us the plan that the president talked about the other night there is no plan and my dear friend Dick Lugar talks about coherence of strategy there is no strategy this this is a ping-pong game with American lives these young men and women that we put in on bar province in Iraq in bag that are not beans their real lives and we better be damn sure we know what we're doing all of us before we put twenty two thousand more Americans into that grinder we better be as sure as you can be and I want every one of you every one of us when hundred centers are look in that camera and you tell your people back home what you think don't hide anymore none of us the that is the essence of our responsibility and if we're not willing to do it we're not worthy to citied right here we fail our country if we don't debate this if we don't debate this we are not worthy of our country we fail our country

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Man he is inspiring to listen.

    But god he would try to do so many things..he would lose his mind in 8 months in office.

    damn he's good.

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