biden and hagel: not up to the challenge

Byline: | Category: Uncategorized | Posted at: Friday, 30 March 2007

2002:

Although no one doubts our forces will prevail over Saddam Hussein’s, key regional leaders confirm what the Foreign Relations Committee emphasized in its Iraq hearings last summer: The most challenging phase will likely be the day after — or, more accurately, the decade after — Saddam Hussein.

My! Decades come and go so quickly here.

(ht:GR)

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One Response to “biden and hagel: not up to the challenge”

  1. William Says:

    Yea? And Bush said in 2000 – “Help is on the way for our military” -

    “But the best intentions and the highest morale are undermined by back-to-back deployments, poor pay, shortages of spare parts and equipment, and rapidly declining readiness. . . .these are signs of a military in decline and we must do something about it. The reasons are clear. Lack of equipment and material. Undermaning of units. Overdeployment. Not enough time for family. Soldiers who are on food stamps, and soldiers who are poorly housed. Dick Cheney and I have a simple message today for our men and women in uniform, their parents, their loved ones, their supporters: Help is on the way!”

    “A generation shaped by Vietnam must remember the lessons of Vietnam. When America uses force in the world, the cause must be just, the goal must be clear, and the victory must be overwhelming.
    To build morale in today’s United States military we must keep faith with those who have worn the uniform in the past. We must keep faith with America’s veterans. . . And keeping faith also means giving our veterans first-rate health care and treating the veterans with dignity. . . So chaotic is the process there is now a backlog of nearly one half-million claims. This is no way to treat any citizen, much less a veteran of our armed forces.”
    —George W. Bush VFW Speech – August 21, 2000

    Consider this speech by GW Bush in light of the abuse of America’s military, the lack of a plan and equipment in Iraq, and the Walter Reed scandal. Is it it incompetence, hypocrisy or just plain failure?