"I'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. I think it's far more complicated than that. … More to the point, our war in Iraq, I think, was the most fundamentally bad, dangerous decision since Vietnam.”
-- Ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to John McCain (R-AZ) in a tense exchange with McCain pressing Hagel on whether he was right or wrong about the surge in Iraq. McCain proposed and supported the surge. Hagel opposed it. It’s the issue many believe came between the two previously longtime friends and Vietnam veterans.
These were pretty close runners up that may have summarized a day that saw Hagel on the defensive in rocky testimony, as he tried to defend past comments:
"The bigger point is, what I was saying, I think..."
"I suppose if I had a chance to edit a lot of things in my life, I'd be pretty busy."
"I said what I said, but I'll say this to you..."
"What I meant to say, should have said..."
"That's exactly correct; I guess I didn't say it that way."