Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) has been making major news as he meets with constituents in meetings all around Nebraska this week.
TWN posted a bit earlier regarding the Senator’s constructive and provocative comments on America’s engagement in Iraq.
He also offered some common sense perspective on the Cindy Sheehan affair in Crawford.
As CNN reports:
Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska and Vietnam war veteran who has been critical of Bush’s handling of the war, said Thursday that Sheehan “deserves some consideration, and I think that should have been done right from the beginning.”
“I think the wise course of action, the compassionate course of action, the better course of action would have been to immediately invite her in to the ranch,” Hagel told CNN.
“It should have been done when this whole thing started. Listen to her.”
I am pleased to report that Senator Hagel will be the featured speaker at dinner on Tuesday, September 6th at the forthcoming national policy forum, Terrorism, Security and America’s Purpose: Towards a More Comprehensive Strategy, that I am helping to organize in Washington, D.C.
Although the title of the speeech is tentative, I think that his remarks will be titled: “America’s Purpose and the Global Struggle Against Terrorism.” I think that’s broad enough to cover a lot of territory but also a useful platform to critique where America is in its understanding and response to terorrism and where the nation needs to go.
The conference is taking place on September 6th & 7th at the Capital Hilton in Washington.
Information on the conference is available here — and there will be real-time, high-quality webcast of the entire conference on line.
— Steve Clemons