Hagel gets boost from Senate Democrats for Pentagon job

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smit1610 wrote:

Oh gee, what a surprise! What did they give him for that endorsement? Amongst many, many political hacks, Schumer ranks at the top. He is everything you hate in government.

Jan 15, 2013 11:50am EST  --  Report as abuse

Chuck Hagel nas made a phenomenal total revversal of his views on several major issues.

But in 2013, the Road to Damascus is too perilous to accept pretend conversions.

Hagel does not believe that a military option is an option even if negotiations fail.

He has just recently changed his previous stated views on this issue
to making military plans against Iran his top priority, in order to advance his career. It means he now believes that it is expedient to use the threat as
a public lever in negotiations, but if negotiations fail, he would advise in private, that the US should allow a nuclear armed Iran.
Many of those who are in favor of confirmation such as Nicholas Kristof, writing in the New York Times, have said the same thing. Iran certainly understands this, and is rooting for him.

A nuclear Iran has sworn to eliminate Israel and every mosque in Iran has a poster “Death To Israel.”

After Iran drops an atomic bomb over Tel Aviv, the issue of whether Hagel is anti-Israel or pro-Israel becomes mute.

Iran has a high tolerance for the deaths of huge numbers of people. The war between Iran and Iraq ostensibly over a territorial dispute concerning 0.1% of Iran’s land mass had a million casualties.
Iran has spread it’s terror all over the globe and has murdered more than a thousand Americans.
It’s ideology is identical to Al Quaeda, amd certainly has America, the Great Satan in it’s cross hairs.

A Hagel confirmation kills any chance of Iran agreeing to stop it’s nuclear weapons program through negotiations. why would they take the tremendous political risk of telling their people that years of sanctions privations was for nothing when they know their is no risk of an American military action?

I believe President Obama’s primary motivation in nominating Hagel is that he thinks he would help to deeply cut the Pentagon budget, and not to poke a finger in the eye of the pro-Israel constituency.
But it is a very serious miscalculation of unintended consequences.
Several Senators and Congresspeople have made exactly the same objections.
The Senate should not confirm Hagel.

Jan 15, 2013 2:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sylvan wrote:

Since confirmation to a cabinet post takes a simple majority, those old gray faced GOP Senators are not really needed at all, but thank goodness they are bellowing their disapproval so Secretary Hagel will know which states bases to cut first. I think first SC bases first due to Graham Cracker; and next AZ due to MCrazy.

Jan 15, 2013 3:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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