Hagel called Dick Cheney out on his" last throes" assessment of the Iraqi insurgency.
"I don't think there's panic, I don't think there's cynicism. cynicism. I think there's this steady unsure sense about where is this all leading -- the constant daily reports on Iraq, our people being killed there, the money being spent there," he added...read on
Atrios: Though, as is general the case when the moderates and mavericks stick their heads up for a bit he'll probably not take any constructive steps."
Emailer Jillian: "Hagel said that the compassionate thing for Bush to have done was to invite Cindy Sheehan into the Ranch. It should have been done immediately."
As many right wingers have been doing, Hagel did not paint Cindy as being a puppet of interest groups and actually talked about other families that are protesting that have lost loved ones. Cindy has to leave Crawford because her mom had a stroke.