Hagel Blasts Iraq Policy

Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel says the war in Iraq has destabilized the Middle East and is looking more like the Vietnam conflict from a generation ago.

The Republican reiterated his position that the United States needs to develop a strategy to leave Iraq. He spoke today on ABC's ``This Week'' program.

Hagel scoffed at the idea that U.S. troops could be in Iraq four years from now at levels above 100,000. That's a contingency for which the Pentagon is preparing.

Hagel said U.S. involvement in Iraq has destabilized the Middle East and that the longer we stay there, the further destabilization will occur.

Hagel said staying the course is not a sound policy.

He said, ``By any standard, when you analyze two-and-a-half years in Iraq, we're not winning.''