Hagel Breaks Ranks on Iraq

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel says he split from his party to support an amendment to the defense authorization bill earlier this week because of his loyalty to his fallen comrades in Vietnam.

Hagel parted company with his Republican colleagues to support an amendment offered by Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy. The proposal directed the Bush administration to report to Congress on progress in Iraq, including an estimate of troop levels at the end of next year.

Kennedy's proposal was defeated late Wednesday on a partisan 50-48 vote.

Hagel says the Bush administration needs to lay out its future military commitment in Iraq.

He says it's all an effort to repeat past mistakes. He says, "If members of Congress had asked questions during Vietnam, we would not have had an eleven year war with 58,000 names on the wall."

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