Chuck Hagel has no problem speaking out against the Bush Administration.
Even though he co-chair's the President’s re-election campaign in Nebraska, he thinks Bush handled post-war policies irresponsibly.
According to Hagel, the President should not have entered the war before getting the legitimacy of the UN and NATO. Differences he thinks would have decreased the length of time that reserve and guard troops are being stationed overseas.
"Forty to 50-percent of the rotation schedule of new troops going into Iraq next year are going to be reservists and National Guard. Many of them have already been on active duty in Afghanistan or Iraq for 12 months and will go back on duty for 12 months," says Hagel.
He says the biggest problem with the use of reserve troops for active duty is the long-term problems it may cause in future recruitment and retention.
Problems that Major General Roger Lemke of the Nebraska National Guard says should not pose any serious problems. "I think we have to work on our retention side, keeping the soldiers in, just because of the nature of things right now."
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