Republican Senator McCain says Hagel "not qualified" as defense secretary

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greybees wrote:

With friends like McCain who needs enemies?

Feb 24, 2013 2:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NYpolitico wrote:

this from the same man who chose Sarah Palin as running mate. Old man McCain, your credibility is out the window.

Feb 24, 2013 3:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pro2hd wrote:

Senator McCain, as far as Hagel is concerned….I can’t even imagine what he did to pi** you off so bad that you would turn on him in this fashion. If this is the treatment you give to a “friend”…..Jesus, what would it be like if he were your “enemy”? I hate to even contemplate….and for cryin’ out loud Senator, your making it sound like the President was a sentry on the gate at Bengazi and went out on the town for a good time when this thing happened and it’s all his fault! He was probably doing the very same thing you were doing at the time…..most likely having dinner….. with Bengazi the very LAST thing on his mind.

Feb 24, 2013 3:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mrmouth wrote:

What a petty old man. Sad seeing what this man became. That election loss deeply messed with his mind and character.

Feb 24, 2013 3:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
saavedra wrote:

In my belief, John McCain is passing qualified for bitterest loser in American History. He and Sara lost miserably to Obama, and Chuck Hagel could not support that ticket. Hagel couldn’t support McCain’s 2008 bid, since McCain, along w/ the hapless Joe Lieberman and South Carolina’s pro-military huckster Lindsey Graham, couldn’t see that the wheels had come of the humvees in that hideous fiasco.

So bitter, irrascible McCain has never forgiven Hagel. His obsession with the Iraq surge, Benghazi and caterwauling theatrically to appease Tea Partyiers and Lukudists & Neo-cons at every turn, is doing nothing for his Part, so I hope he keeps going…

Feb 24, 2013 3:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FreonP wrote:

Did McCain give any reasons why he thinks Hagel is unqualified, or did he just keep coming back to the unrelated issue of Benghazi?

Feb 24, 2013 3:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rotebarone wrote:

This is not to be unexpected from a former naval officer – an elite flyboy dropping bombs and killing people he’d never see – ‘less he screwed up (which he did). That he’d never consider – as his equal – an enlisted grunt who fought on the ground in the same war – is not surprising. I’ve been a Republican for nearly 50 years – and I voted for McCain – but somewhere along the line the Republican party LEFT ME!!!

Feb 24, 2013 3:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sdmouth wrote:

what makes McCain think he is qualified to be a senator?
His Palin judgement choice is his “decider”.
this out of touch alleged hero should retire and take Graham with him. I say alleged because had he obeyed flight orders, he would never been in the hanoi Hilton. Without his wife’s money, we would have never heard of him.

Feb 24, 2013 3:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:

And McCain is “not qualified” to be Senator.

Feb 24, 2013 3:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pavoter1946 wrote:

“I think that Donald Rumsfeld will go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history,” McCain said to applause. (2007)

And then he picked Sarah Palin as VP candidate. He should simply shut up, the bitter old man.

Benghazi has nothing to do with Chuck Hagel.

Feb 24, 2013 5:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Oh, poor McRage . . . if Hagel had supported him rather than Obama he’d likely be pushing the entirely opposite argument.

Feb 24, 2013 5:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Globalman wrote:

Do you really want a SECDEF who cannot professionally answer questions in his confirmation hearing (which are not related to Benghazi)? Because he served in Vietnam and has medals, is he qualified to lead our military in these difficult times? I served in Vietnam combat and have more medals then Mr. Hagel and I am not even remotely qualified. Sen. McCain is a true patriot who suffered for his country and we owe him a bit more respect then these comments are giving him. Disagree with him is fine but insulting him is not. When he was a POW the North Vietnamese because his Dad was an Admiral offered to release him, he declined. Any of you disrespectful people ever do that? Or would even consider declining freedom? Not me!

Feb 24, 2013 5:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CMEBARK wrote:

Bush, McCain, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz are all just a bunch of old Cold War warriors who time has passed by. They are unable to adapt to the new geopolitical reality. They need a clearly defined “enemy” to focus on. Again and again we should be asking “Where are the WMDs”.

Feb 24, 2013 5:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tmc wrote:

Who gives two hoots about what Mr. McCain thinks anymore. He has proven himself a perfect republican politician doing and saying whatever the party wants. His maverick days were over decades ago.

Feb 24, 2013 6:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ToshiroMifune wrote:

Translation: Hagel isn’t qualified to be at the helm of the Israeli Foreign Legion when it’s ordered to launch Operation Fool Me Twice later this year.

Feb 24, 2013 6:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

Amusing to see someone defending John McCain’s honor. I don’t see any comments here regarding John that are out of line. John McCain is perhaps the biggest trash talker in politics. I live in Arizona. In the last Arizona PRIMARY” McCain spent an unprecedented $21M running virtually non-stop negative campaign commercials attacking J.D. Hayworth. Who was certainly no prize himself. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to challenge McCain on his posture on Hagel’s nomination. Hagel in fact has ABSOLUTELY zero to do with Benghazi. After terms as a Senator from Nebraska (1997 to 2009) he has been a Professor at Georgetown University (2009 to present). Benghazi is a State Department issue of which Hagel has never been a part of. John’s choice of a V.P candidate is absolutely fair game. Talk about unqualified…mayor of some little hick town in Alaska, less that 1 term of experience as Governor, and a BS in journalism from a patchwork of junior colleges and 1 year at a nothing special university. I loved Robin William’s characterization in what Robin called the reality show “Project Running Mate”. “Her hobbies are helicopter hunting and breast feeding. She can skin a bear and balance a budget.” John is getting a little senile. Time for him to retire.

Feb 24, 2013 8:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jeff81201 wrote:

Senator McCain chose Palin as a running mate. He’s really not qualified to say who’s not qualified.

Feb 24, 2013 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:

The real problem with Hagel for the Republicans is that he can’t be counted on to tow the party line. He’s an independent thinker who makes his own choices. They are still carrying a grudge over Hagel (R) breaking ranks with them during the Bush administration.

Feb 24, 2013 8:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Glider2001 wrote:

And whoever said that McCain was “qualified” to be a US Senator?

Feb 24, 2013 9:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Raelyn wrote:

They should not let McCain loose, nor let him get before a microphone or in front of a camera, he is not just an embarrassment to the Repulicans, but to our whole country.. It is very sad to watch what he has become..

Feb 24, 2013 9:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Globalman wrote:

While I think Palin as a VP candidate was a huge mistake, has anyone listened to what comes out of Biden’s mouth?

Feb 24, 2013 10:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
starbuc wrote:

This is easy to see what is going on with Senator McCain’s regretable treatment of his old friend Chuck Hagel. Hagel is a man of principle who would not go along with the Republican party line to support the war in Iraq. McCain places party loyalty above iindependent thinking, so it is payback time for Hagel. How is that working for you, Senator McCain? Most people are appalled at the way you treat your old friend. We still value individual thought and principle in America. We would rather see a functioning Congress than your Republican scorched earth policy in the name of party lloyalty.

Feb 24, 2013 11:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
mfw13 wrote:

McCain is a contrarian indicator….Hagel is qualified by virtue of the fact that McCain says he’s not.

Feb 24, 2013 11:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jdl51 wrote:

From a guy who crashed five planes and thought Palin was a superb pick for VP, I see his comments as a ringing endorsement for Hagel as SOD. It’s long past time for McCain to hang it up. He’s embarrassing himself now.

Feb 25, 2013 11:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
TomKi wrote:

And I believe McCain has long ceased qualified to be senator. A complete dinosaur.

Feb 25, 2013 2:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RandomMoto wrote:

McCain is just bitter because he got captured and Hagel didn’t.

Feb 26, 2013 2:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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