Thursday, June 22, 2006

Chuck Hagel and the Recent Iraq Resolutions

Chuck Hagel gave us another example of why he should lead our nation. He puts governing before politics. That is the hallmark of a statesman. The following were his remarks from the Senate floor during the debate on the recent Iraq resolutions.

"Congress fails in its duty when we do not probe, when we fail,we do not ask tough questions, and we fail when we do not debate the gate issues of our day.
There is no issue more important than war. The war in Iraq is the defining issue on which this Congress and the administration will be judged.

The American people want to see serious debate about serious issues from serious leaders. They deserve more than a political debate. This debate should transcend cynical attempts to turn public frustration with the war in Iraq into an electoral advantage.

It should be taken more seriously than to simply retreat into focus-group tested buzz words and phrases like “cut and run,” catchy political slogans that debase the seriousness of war.

War’s not a partisan issue, Mr. President. It should not be held hostage to political agendas. War should not be drug down into the political muck. America deserves better.

Our men and women fighting and dying deserve better."
You can see the video of his remarks here.
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