A second Republican voices support for Hagel to lead Pentagon

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artvet2 wrote:

OMG – we would not want to see any first stringers on what has proven to be a team of second stringers!

Feb 01, 2013 7:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SpotlessCrab wrote:

I think he did fine and he explained every thing I wanted to know despite the badgering the GOP gave. I believe Hagel to be decent man. But the reason GOP doesn’t want him is he is not a war hawk.

Feb 01, 2013 8:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:

Any US politician who questions obeying commands from Tel Aviv is “weak” in the eyes of someone like John McCain. That is how Hagel is “weak”.

Why is this blatant interference in US domestic politics by agents of a hostile foreign power tolerated? All the man did was to state what absolutely everyone who can read knows — yes, there is a Jewish lobby in the USA. It lobbies for the State of Israel and bears primary allegiance to it rather than to the USA. The primary one is known as AIPAC. Unless you pretend that this does not exist, and that its primary loyalty is not to the foreign country calling itself Israel, you are “weak”???

This sort of behavior is not in the interests of the USA or its citizens, including those active in AIPAC. Behavior has consequences, even for Israelis. Are there no intelligent Israelis who see this?

Feb 01, 2013 9:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MarkB3223 wrote:

I think he should win. You can’t have the sweet without the sour. Such a sour opening. You really don’t think he is going to provide the best job he can do for us all? If he doesn’t and you can prove to me he will not give his best I’ll support your decision. Otherwise, I’m glad he has something to prove.

Feb 01, 2013 10:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Since when is knowledge, patriotism or reverence of US exceptionalism criteria for appointment to this nihilistic team of incompetents? Hagel fits right in!

Feb 01, 2013 10:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlaskanDude wrote:

he sounds perfect for the job:
1- Isn’t the secretary of defense supposed to be a strong guy?
2- But he can’t stand up to mere politicians in a q&a?
3- He’s a republican and obama loves him.
4- He’s a republican and republicans hate him
5- His opinions and quotes are all over the map from stupid to dangerous.
Yup – a perfectly sensible pick from the o’bummer crowd.

Feb 02, 2013 12:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
ARJTurgot2 wrote:

The GOP managed to lose this fight and look bad doing it. McCain, in particular, comes out looking like a bitter old man.

Feb 02, 2013 12:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
Kuji wrote:

“1- Isn’t the secretary of defense supposed to be a strong guy?”
I have no idea what this means, but I assume it’s a rhetorical question that is supposed to make some sort of point about not fitting your definition of “strong” – which you didn’t elaborate on. Anyways, he is a Vietnam War veteran, so he has Military Background and familiarity with operations. He’s been on several Senate committees including Foreign relations and intelligence. His strong points are in foreign policy. So yes, he has a lot of STRONG points and is qualified for this type of role. You can look up papers he’s written in the past on defense and foreign affairs if you are interested – if not, your loss. Is he a strong guy? If by strong, you mean qualified, yes. Yes he is.

“2- But he can’t stand up to mere politicians in a q&a?”
Is this a question or is this another one of your 1/2 baked rhetorical opinions? Answered your question with a question!

“3- He’s a republican and obama loves him.”
He is Center Right-Republican. Obama is a Center-Left Democrat. They have a lot of common ground to work with in the middle where bi-partisanship actually happens. But again, you’ve injected some sort of opinion here that because Obama loves him he’s not a Republican, even though he was a Republican Senator for two terms and is a registered Republican. AlaskanDude has spoken, Chuck Hagel is not a real Republican because Obama tapped him for a key position he is qualified for.

“4- He’s a republican and republicans hate him”
Republicans gave him two Senatorial terms. Hate is a strong word. They liked him at one point. But more to the fact of why there is political theater going on here to badger this man, instead of give him what should have been an easy confirmation – Republicans are in the middle of an identity crisis and will hate for any reason that they think will give them short-term political gain. They haven’t played the long game in quite some time, and that’s why they keep losing elections. This is what a party in melt-down mode looks like, FYI.

“5- His opinions and quotes are all over the map from stupid to dangerous.”
Yes he has strong domestic an foreign policy opinions, and actually went against party leadership during his tenure from time-to-time for what he thought was right. Republicans used to call this a Maverick. You obviously don’t like Obama, so anything where there is common ground for bi-partisanship between these two men is ‘stupid to dangerous’ in your eyes. But every expert in Foreign policy and Military opinions I’ve read on actual news sites about Hagel points to the fact that he’s probably the most bland and centrist, non-controversial person Obama could have tapped. But if you like what Mitt Romeny, Rand Paul, Herman Cain and other polticians of the like have to say – I can see why you would see a Centrist like Hagel as stupid and dangerous. It’s like bizarro land over where you are.

Feb 02, 2013 2:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
WestFlorida wrote:

It seems that making a nomination as unpleasant as possible is some type of ritual in Washington. It is sad, and also silly.

Feb 02, 2013 4:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
KDK1 wrote:

My favorite part was when one of those dimwitted senators attempted to load the question about Hagel saying that Capitol Hill was intimidated by the “Jewish” lobby. I guess everyone was supposed to miss how he re-wrote the question to be “name one time senators have been intimidated INTO DOING ANYTHING DUMB”. Hey moron? You do realize you pretty much just sunk your denial and make your faux outrage out to be just that, right?

It was awesome though that the only thing Hagel told them he’d re-thought about that statement was that he should have said “Israeli” lobby instead of “Jewish”. LOL – kiss off AIPAC shills.

And the part about deferring to history on the troop surge? Brilliant. Especially since it’s painfully obvious that nothing we actually did there has made things better and as is the stuff of legend, we were lied to about why we were there in the first place. That last part MIGHT have something to do with why Hagel changed his mind about being there McCain? Ever think of that? Ahh – with Alzheimer’s falling on you like a vulture you probably have no idea what’s occurred to you past last week – never mind.

Best thing Obama has ever done for foreign policy and for the American people – put in a guy who considers it a no brainer that in America, America comes first, and American politics are to be handled by Americans.

Only thing I need to know now is which media sources have the guts to uncover the backers behind these shill Republican senators. I’ll be ever single one of them is an AIPAC or Israel run flunky or lobby organization. Put their names in front of America so we can vet THEM and find out how weak THEY are on AMERICA.

Feb 02, 2013 4:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
Missourimule wrote:

The confirmation of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense would only add further proof to the general perception of how ‘broken’ our government, and in this case, our nomination-and-confirmation process is. Hagel, like far too many of our current government operatives, is not the ‘best and brightest’, but rather, just another political hack — a longtime political player, who’s been in the game long enough to move up — regardless of qualifications or knowledge. Shame on “we, the people”, for accepting this kind of government.

Feb 02, 2013 8:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
Raelyn wrote:

Hagel is a thoughtfulo, experienced “been there, done that” guy. Whoever is feeding the conservatives those lines is a shill for Israel and the military/industrial complex which both are trying to run our country. It is sickening to watch the Republicans so full of hate and lies and determined to wreck the government. The wealthy moved all the good jobs overseas and use overseas tax shelters then blame the bad economy on people requiring welfare aid. We are running out of blood here, they are bleeding us dry, while they fill their pockets with bloody money.

Feb 02, 2013 10:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

I just hope he has a better memory as the Defense Secretary the he did as a Senator.

Feb 02, 2013 11:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
SanPa wrote:

When candidate Romney campaigned, he made Israel a major campaign stomping ground. He collected millions of dollars while there, and in turn pledged billions of dollars in aid. Hagel hasn’t made the pilgrimage nor has he pledged unbounded support. He criticized criticized the ten major players in Cheney’s pro-war cabal against Iraq, of whom 9 of 10 were dedicated to a Semitic mono-theistic, prophetless faith.

Feb 02, 2013 11:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

Questions Republicans ask the SOD nominee behind closed doors:
1. Are you willing to increase defense spending or start a war to help the military industrial complex and wealthy investors make more profits?
2. Do you put Israel first and pledge allegiance to Israel and its agenda?
If you answered no to either, the Republicans cannot confirm you.

Feb 02, 2013 2:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse

We can all remember Mr Obama saying in October, “there is no air (difference) between the US and Israel” [on defense]. In fact there is, and must be, air between them if US interests are to be adequately looked after. Otherwise we could just ask the Israeli defense minister to handle our defense too.

Feb 02, 2013 5:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Bunker555 wrote:

Hope Hagel’s first action on his first day is shut down all defense related work in Arizona and South Carolina.

Feb 02, 2013 7:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Chrigid wrote:

@Missourimule–who would you suggest for Sec Defene?

Feb 02, 2013 8:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saavedra wrote:

One demented poster wrote: “Since when is knowledge, patriotism or reverence of US exceptionalism criteria for appointment to this nihilistic team of incompetents? Hagel fits right in!”

Really? Patriotism? He got the Cross of Gallantry and Army Medal of Commendation as well as two purple hearts in Vietnam in ’67-’68. He was a buck-sergeant combat squad leader and save his own sibling’s life in combat fighting for the U.S.A.

Sir you have a strange notion for what’s Patriotism.

Feb 06, 2013 8:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saavedra wrote:

One demented poster wrote: “Since when is knowledge, patriotism or reverence of US exceptionalism criteria for appointment to this nihilistic team of incompetents? Hagel fits right in!”

Really? Patriotism? He got the Cross of Gallantry and Army Medal of Commendation as well as two purple hearts in Vietnam in ’67-’68. He was a buck-sergeant combat squad leader and save his own sibling’s life in combat fighting for the U.S.A.

Sir you have a strange notion for what’s Patriotism.

Feb 06, 2013 8:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saavedra wrote:

One demented poster wrote: “Since when is knowledge, patriotism or reverence of US exceptionalism criteria for appointment to this nihilistic team of incompetents? Hagel fits right in!”

Really? Patriotism? He got the Cross of Gallantry and Army Medal of Commendation as well as two purple hearts in Vietnam in ’67-’68. He was a buck-sergeant combat squad leader and save his own sibling’s life in combat fighting for the U.S.A.

Sir you have a strange notion for what’s Patriotism.

Feb 06, 2013 8:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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