Thursday, January 25, 2007

Finally, The J. William Fulbright of the Iraq-Nam Era Has Stood Up...

Just like I told ya' he would.

I told you on April 19, 2006 and June 22, 2006, that he would be surfing on the crest when the Bi-Partisan Sea-Change on George W. Bush arrived. Here he is yesterday. This latter-day Fulbright cometh not as a professorial senator, but as Senator Ex-Marine.

15 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Blogging4Food said...

The Anti-McCain.

1/25/2007 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget about Senator Jim Webb of Virginia. His opposition to the Iraq war was one of the reasons he switched over to the Democrats. Both Hagel and Webb really are mavericks.

1/25/2007 08:51:00 AM  
Blogger M.D. said...

Breath of fresh air. Thanks!

1/25/2007 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger LTE said...

The time when we could rely on the president to be accountable to milestones in Iraq is long gone. Congress has the power to shape military policy and must exercise it to rein in the administration's debacle in Iraq.

Since 1970, members of Congress from both parties have voted several times to limit funding and troop deployments in such places as Iraq, Haiti, Vietnam, Colombia and Nicaragua. The new Congress was not elected simply to express disapproval of the administration's foreign policy. Americans gave a mandate for a check on the president's power that has been missing for six years.

1/25/2007 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger DB Cooper said...

Hagel included, how many of the current Republican Senators all of a sudden getting religion and making noise about "Iraq-Nam" are up for re-election in 2008? I'm just asking.

1/25/2007 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Suzanne said...

As I watch the new crop of presidential hopefuls struggle to get on the "right side of history" regarding Iraq, I am filled with rage and despair over the useless death and destruction that the United States has sown there. There were 156 members of Congress who had the courage and the intelligence to stand up to an obviously incompetent president and refuse to authorize the invasion of Iraq. The others, including Clinton, now must share responsibility for the unimaginable suffering and the tragic consequences of this war. Their misguided votes must not be forgotten as we begin the long process of choosing a president.

1/25/2007 08:25:00 PM  
Blogger Malfrat said...

Incumbent Republican Chuck Hagel may retire in 2008, regardless whether he chooses to run for president. Hagel would likely be reelected for a third term should he decide to run.

1/25/2007 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous pekka said...

Suzanne pretty well covered what I would like to have said.

1/25/2007 09:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is surprising that more Republicans aren't standing up TODAY and echoing Hagel's remarkable ability to take responsibility and action to fix this spectacle of shame and death. But Hagel said, "Maybe I have no political future, " not because of his people, they will re-elect him, but because of his party. Not so much that they won't support him, that wouldn't be a problem, but because they would like to bury him.

1/26/2007 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ack Vigilante, I posted about Hagel before I read this. You just confirmed my concerns about Hagel.

I'm glad he's taken a stand on Iraq but before you crown him as our new emperor check out his voting record. Hagel is somewhat to the right of Jerry Falwell.

He's Bush Part II minus Iraq, don't let the image fool you. He's no more a maverick than my left foot but he is a master at creating that impression.

1/26/2007 11:52:00 PM  
Blogger Messenger said...

I'm not sure I recall Fulbright being widely known as an all-out flaming liberal on things other than Vietnam. I recall him keeping his own counsel about segregation, for example. But my memory is not reliable.....

1/27/2007 06:32:00 AM  
Blogger TonyR said...

Just what the world needs ... another far out left wing blogsite filled with the incessant moans of latte sipping progressive intellectuals

1/27/2007 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Here, Tony, have another glass of Kool-Aid. On the house.

It's nice to feel needed.

1/27/2007 01:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. People. That whole group of Politicos went out on the front steps of the Capitol and sang god bless America, not long ago.

Our country is the victim of belief system capture. We no longer live in a secular country. Religious dissemblers now rule us. They in turn are mouth pieces for Special Interest. Both the Left and the Right are sleeping through this whole thing.
America is sinking. Real alternatives are not Political alternatives. System change must come about soon, or we are doomed in the current construct.

1/27/2007 06:22:00 PM  
Blogger LittleBill said...

I'm not sure which senator you were referring to, Hagel or Jim Webb. To this point, I am very impressed by both. Webb, however, has made the break and become a Democrat. What an answer to Bush's state of the nation, and whataguy!!

1/28/2007 03:38:00 PM  

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