I am not even going to touch the idiotic notion that Paul Hackett’s military service could ‘hurt’ his election chances, as it is just idiotic. I can’t think of a scenario in which military service might hurt someone’s election chances. At any rate, I did get interested enough to check out his website, where I found this:
The White House has been painting a rosy picture and people aren’t buying it anymore. We all know the outcome is uncertain and there is no exit date. But even now, too many conservatives just want to applaud whatever the administration does. And too many liberals who opposed the war want to see the president’s Iraq policy fail.
I was against the war. It was a misuse of our military that damaged our credibility throughout the world and squandered our political capital. Still, I volunteered to serve, and I have no regrets. But now we need to face the reality of the situation there. Our country has gone to war and every American must share in that responsibility.
The good news is we can successfully exit Iraq once the roughly 140,000 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are adequately trained and skilled enough to defend their fledgling government.
The bad news is they are nowhere near the level of skill to accomplish that mission and are likely years away from that goal.
I know this from fighting alongside Iraqis, and training them. They are simply not ready to defend their country against the insurgents that threaten to destroy Iraq’s future.
No matter what your position on the war, if we pull out now the entire region will spiral into chaos and present our nation and military with a far more difficult challenge than we currently face. I don’t relish the prospect of my two sons going over there in twenty years. We need to get it right, and we need to do it now.
I don’t agree with his initial position on the war , but that is a pretty damned reasonable, and in my mind, accurate, assessment of the current situation. That kind of candor will almost insure his defeat
*** Update ***
Just saw him on Hardball, popping off repeatedly about ‘chickenhawks.’ Good campaign strategy when you are trying to win a safely conservative seat. Not.
At any rate, the usual supects will be all atwitter about this tomorrow.