Four months ago, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) described the conditions in Iraq as a "low grade civil war." Today, his view is much more bleak. In an interview with the Omaha World Herald, the Vietnam War veteran said that the country had descended into "absolute anarchy" and the war was "an absolute replay of Vietnam."
Hagel also blasted the Pentagon's plan to send 5,000 additional U.S. troops to Iraq, saying the move was opposed by several four-star generals:
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