Hagel, a top Senate Republican said to have presidential aspirations, said in an interview in US News and World Report, set to hit newsstands Monday, that US troops are "losing" the Iraq war, and that "things aren't getting better, they're getting worse."
"The White House is completely disconnected from reality," said Hagel. "It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in Iraq," said Hagel, who added that increasingly, fellow Republicans are coming to share his view.
Here's what Condi had to say:
"If you're looking at what is happening politically in Iraq, these people are moving toward a different kind of future than Saddam Hussein could ever have given them," she told CNN.
I'll give her that yes, it is a different kind of future than Saddam could have given them. The question remains to be answered whether it is a good future or a bad future. In the Midwest, people always use the phrase "that's different" to describe something they dislike, because it is a passive aggressive but polite way to criticise something and leave no room for rebuttal. Like say your Aunt Lois just redid her living room with spiderweb wallpaper and those awful 70s Scandinavian chairs that you have to kneel on. Your Aunt Violet might come in and say, "well, that's . . . different."
I mean, if we had nuked Iraq twelve times to next Tuesday you could say that was a "different kind of future than Saddam Hussein could ever have given them." If we'd paved it and created a nation-sized WalMart SuperCenter, that would have been "different." That doesn't mean it's any better.
At any rate, good for Chuck. We'll see how far he get before he's given the same brain chip they gave to Laura.