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Hagel Squares Off with Lieberman

Looking back, this seems to me to be indicative of the shift of opinion on Iraq. Here's Democrat/Independent Senator Joe Lieberman arguing in support of President Bush's surge plan, and Republican Senator Chuck Hagel arguing against the surge, in this clip from a January, 2007 "Meet the Press."

This clip really underscores the vapidness of the position taken by Lieberman and others who at the time, and to a large part still today, are contributing nothing more to the democratic process other than simple-minded cheerleading for the president, while at the same time launching attacks against anyone who opposes that plan.

Senator Hagel impresses me in this clip -- no wonder the right has grown to despise Hagel. He makes entirely too much sense, and he does an excellent job of putting Lieberman in his place for his ad hominem attack, and not giving any credence to Lieberman's remarks at the time that the surge was important... "to the American people, who have been attacked on 9/11 by the same enemy we are fighting in Iraq today." What utter bullshit.

Click on the "play" button in the lower left-hand corner to play the video.

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