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Hagel: Iraq "Not Unsimilar, Dissimilar… to Vietnam"

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Senator Chuck Hagel says we need a plan to leave Iraq.

“We should start figuring out how we get out of there . . . But with this understanding, we cannot leave a vacuum that further destabilizes the Middle East. I think our involvement there has destabilized the Middle East. And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur.”

…”stay the course” is not a policy. “By any standard, when you analyze 2 1/2 years in Iraq … we’re not winning,”

What to other Republican Senators say?

Other Republican senators appearing on Sunday news shows advocated remaining in Iraq until the mission set by Bush is completed, but they also noted that the public is becoming more and more concerned and needs to be reassured.

I’m not sure that is all that different than what Hagel said, after all, he merely calls for a plan to leave Iraq, and warns against leaving a “vacuum that further destabilizes the Middle East”.

More of what Hagel said, and the Vietnam comparison:

“We’re past that stage now because now we are locked into a bogged-down problem not unsimilar, dissimilar to where we were in Vietnam . . . The longer we stay, the more problems we’re going to have.”

“What I think the White House does not yet understand â€â€? and some of my colleagues â€â€? the dam has broke on this policy . . . The longer we stay there, the more similarities (to Vietnam) are going to come together.”

Associated Press: GOP Senator Says Iraq Looking Like Vietnam