BREAKING: Chuck Hagel, “We will self correct.”

Retiring Senator Chuck Hagel (R) Nebraska just had this to say on Real Time with Bill Maher.

This war policy, where we are today, and the continuation of this policy is the biggest foreign policy blunder in the history of our country and we’re going to pay a very high price for it.

Video Courtesy of Real Time With Bill Maher and HBO

Transcript:

Maher: Isn’t it a dirty trick, sort of, on the American people when you send a military man out there to basically do a political sell job?

Hagel: Well it’s not only a dirty trick, uh, but it’s dishonest, it’s hypocritical, it’s dangerous and irresponsible. The fact is this is not Patreaus’ policy, it’s Bush’s polic. Uh, and the military, and it’s certainly very clear in the constitution, is there subservient to the elected public officials of this country and I think we all agree on that. Certainly the military does. But to put our military in a position that this administration has put ’em in is just wrong and it’s dangerous and of course it’s obvious what they’re doing, very transparent. The military, that institution, our armed forces has the highest job approval, trust, credibility rating of any institution in America. And it should. These are remarkable people.

Maher: Do you think the Republican party has been hijacked by incompetents and religious finatics?

Hagel: Oh, I think it’s been hijacked by incompetency. I think that’s uh, what has driven the Republican party right off the cliff. And, uh, we are not who we say we are and that’s at best dishonest. We’ve run up the biggest budget debt since FDR and he had an excuse and that was a world war, uh, and a depression. But uh, we are going to see, I think over the next few years, and this election next year Bill will begin a reorientation of our party, both parties, American politics. The American people will demand it. The one sure thing about this country, I think more than any one thing over the last 200 years aside from the fact that we are a nation of laws is the good sense of the American people. And elections are about self correction and we will self correct.

Maher: If the Republican candidate for President next year is as staunchly pro-war as they are now, would you consider supporting the Democrats?

Hagel: Well, I would have to look at my choices. Uh, but um, I think this war policy, where we are today and the continuation of this policy is the biggest foreign policy blunder in the history of our country and we’re going to pay a very high price for it.

5 Responses to “BREAKING: Chuck Hagel, “We will self correct.””

  1. I really hope he doesn’t pull a Specter on this.

  2. Well, considering he just announced he will not be running again I am not sure what he has to lose. Wait until you see the video. Working on it now.

  3. xranger says:

    Ya know, I wouldn’t read too much into this. Hagel left the Rep reservation a while ago, and he knows he is a paraia (SP?). That’s why he quietly decided not to run for Prez or re-election.

    He couldn’t win dogcatcher now.

  4. Let me go out on a limb and say that he was elected as a Republican twice to the Senate so when he says his party is lost I give more than a little consideration.

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