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gocatgo

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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:44:46 AM

[L=http://www.historynet.com/text deleted Hagel interview.[/L] [L=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9784034/text deleted Hagel on Israel.[/L] More on Israel and Iran. Critics slam Chuck Hagel.

As a Vietnam vet I like the idea of a former decorated enlisted man from that war as Secretary of Defense. Mr Hagel no doubt would think long and hard about getting into another long war costing thousands of lives and billions of dollars. Mr Hagel a former republican Senator from Nebraska is being hit hard from the left and right with questions. This nomination could be a hard sell.

Is Chuck Hagel qualified to be Secretary of Defense and should he be approved?
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gocatgo
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 3:36:01 PM

xrdc, "anti semite". The only that makes me "wonder" is the baseless charges from the right.

Cons may also have proof Hagel is a communist too, Lol.
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 8:25:38 AM


Laugh away gocat.

I'm glad you have a fine appreciation for anti-semite vietnam vets.

Makes you wonder...

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gocatgo
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 5:28:45 AM

xrdc, "you can't speak ill of McCain unless you were a pow". That sure didn't stop that Loser Rove in 2000.

Cons I hate to say I told you so but....... Rofl.
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Panama19
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2013 12:28:39 AM


Elections have consequences.
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 7:37:40 PM


It's a shame George Galloway was not eligible.

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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 5:41:59 PM

Breitbart is infamous for doctoring news stories to fit their biases. Just ask Shirley Sherrod.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2013 5:17:14 PM

Chuck Hagel was just confirmed, 58-41.
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 3:32:49 PM

Full Page Ad in WSJ and the Hill

"Chuck Hagel's anti-Israel record is clear. He should not be Secretary of Defense."

What a jerk.

More...

Hagel’s $160 Billion 'West Bank' US Troops Deathtrap

"Hagel, at Obama's bidding, plans to send troops to Judea and Samaria (the "West Bank") where they would soon be victims of Hamas terror. It's in writing. An investigative report."

"There is only one reason that Chuck Hagel was picked by President Obama to be US Defense Secretary, and why Obama will go nuclear to get him confirmed:

"Hagel is the only person alive now dumb enough to deploy US “peacekeeping” troops to what is surely a "West Bank" deathtrap. Don’t believe me??! Well, in early 2009, two years after Hamas violently took over Gaza, Hagel along with a ragged has-been crew of “Israel Lasters” had some strong “recommendations” for the incoming President Obama."

"I will let Hagel’s 2009 “recommendations” speak for themselves. But to lend a note of rationality, Florence Gaub, a NATO researcher, in 2010 published a NATO Research paper outlining some of the problems of such a deployment. (I.e. it would need about 60,000 US/Nato troops and about 160 billion Dollars over 10 years) I and I will excerpt her report as well."

"Obama’s determination in confirming Hagel is based on Obama’s belief that Hagel will cripple Israel at any price: including the deaths of thousands of US soldiers at the hands of Hamas suicide bombs in the Palestinian Authority."

Read it all...

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[Edited by: xrdc at 2/25/2013 3:38:59 PM EST]
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RNorm
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:49:32 AM

"You can't speak ill of McCain unless you were a POW."


I think choosing Palin as a running mate and forcing the country to endure that choice negates any POW exemption from criticism that John may have earned while in captivity.
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MiddletownMarty
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:28:58 AM

Stephen Colbert Takes Apart Breitbart for 'Friends of Hamas' Debacle


Stephen Colbert took apart Breitbrat Ben Shapiro, the right wing echo-chamber that fell for his hit piece on Chuck Hagel and the Republicans who are now asking President Obama to withdraw Hagel's nomination, who he should obviously give into after it appears all but inevitable that he's going to be confirmed.

After wondering what other groups Hagel might belong to that the crack team over there at Breitbart's site might not have discovered yet that Hagel doesn't belong to, Colbert wrapped things up with this slap at the Republicans and their ridiculous request.

COLBERT: President Obama, you must withdraw Hagel's nomination, or you will lose the support of every moderate Republican, another group, that doesn't exist.


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xrdc
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 11:42:32 AM


Sorry Cliff,

You can't speak ill of McCain unless you were a POW.
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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:40:53 AM

"There must be a reason"

Duh?

You think?

Hint: He was chosen by Obama and Hagel was a Republican.

And the crotchety old man from Arizona wants revenge for getting his butt whipped in 2009.
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AC-302
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:23:42 AM

Well, the anti-semite Hagel was not confirmed, so far, anyway. Let's hope it stays that way. You know, usually the US Senators comprise something of an "old boys club". Chuck Hagel is obviously on the outs with most of the Senate. There must be a reason.
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2013 5:36:11 PM


Here's something else the Left will shrug about...

Hagel Staffers Met with Front Group for Iranian Regime

"Documents obtained by The Daily Caller show that staffers for then-Sen. Chuck Hagel met repeatedly with a controversial pro-Iran lobby group, and some met with the organization’s president."

"Hagel is President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next secretary of defense. Arizona Sen. John McCain and other Republicans have conceded that a vote — and likely confirmation — will take place during the week of Feb. 25."

"Iranian state-run media have referred to the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) since at least 2006 as “Iran’s lobby” in the U.S."

"It portrays itself in the media as an independent group of Iranian expatriates. But Sam Nunberg, director of the Legal Project at the Middle East Forum project, describes the NIAC as an Iranian “front group.”

More...
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 6:00:42 PM

NO, knowing him and from his area, I hope they do NOT approve his appointment.
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 5:51:55 PM


As if we needed more reasons to chuck Chuck...

Hagel brought to Rutgers by supporters of Ayatollah Ali Khameni's Iranian dictatorship

"A pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas candidate for the Iranian presidency, a man linked to Iranian-controlled front groups, brought former Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to speak at Rutgers University in 2007, according to another professor on campus."

"Hooshang Amirahmadi, who led Rutgers’ Center for Middle Eastern Studies when Hagel came to campus, is the founder and president of the American-Iranian Council. He arranged for Hagel’s speech on March 2, 2007, the faculty source told The Daily Caller."

"Iran’s Guardian Council cleared Amirahmadi to run for the presidency in 2013. Approval of the regime is required before candidates’ names can appear on the ballot. To be approved, candidates must be Shia, male, and committed to the Islamic revolution."[...]

"A press release in 2007 noted that the “Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies” — Amirahmadi’s campus group – ”is hosting the senator’s visit to the university.”

"Amirahmadi’s CV discloses that he has received financial support from the Alavi Foundation, a wealthy organization that the U.S. government has called “a front for the government of Iran.”

"And IRS records provided to TheDC by FoundationSearch.com show that between 2003 and 2008, Rutgers University received $688,000 from the same foundation.
The New York Post reported in 2009 that the Alavi Foundation contributed $100,000 towards Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Columbia University."

“We found evidence that the government of Iran really controlled everything about the foundation,” Adam Kaufmann, investigations chief at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, told the Post in 2009."

More...

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xrdc
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 5:04:38 PM


Looks like a No Go for now...

Sorry, Charlie.
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 9:28:54 AM


Sen. Inhofe threatens filibuster to block Hagel

"Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Sunday threatened to filibuster former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)'s nomination for Defense secretary, if necessary to prevent his confirmation."

“I want a 60-vote margin and you don’t have to filibuster to get that,” said Inhofe in an interview on Fox News. “I would threaten to cause a 60-vote margin. If it took a filibuster, I’d do it that way.”

"Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that requiring 60 votes to confirm nominees was common and dismissed suggestions that GOP colleagues would be reluctant to back him." [...]

"Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Sunday threatened to filibuster former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)'s nomination for Defense secretary, if necessary to prevent his confirmation."

“I want a 60-vote margin and you don’t have to filibuster to get that,” said Inhofe in an interview on Fox News. “I would threaten to cause a 60-vote margin. If it took a filibuster, I’d do it that way.”

"Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that requiring 60 votes to confirm nominees was common and dismissed suggestions that GOP colleagues would be reluctant to back him."

"Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), though, insisted that he would hold a vote “as soon as possible.”

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One less anti-semite in the Obama administration would not be a bad thing...

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[Edited by: xrdc at 2/11/2013 9:32:20 AM EST]
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gocatgo
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 3:52:12 PM

Ac-, "he's a fool" not unless he has a looking into Putin's soul moment.
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 2:41:22 PM


Is Chuck Roast?

"Republican members of the committee asked Hagel last week for information on whether any of the organizations received funding from any foreign government, individual, or corporation — a request he declined late Tuesday in a letter citing confidentiality agreements."

"[T]he information you seek is legally controlled by the individual entities and not mine to disclose," he said, adding that he was not involved in the day-to-day operation of the organizations. "As a board-member, I have a fiduciary duty that includes the obligation to maintain the confidentiality of non-public corporate information. The information may also be subject to various other legal requirements or contractual arrangements that prohibit its disclosure."

"According to a senior GOP aide close to the confirmation process, "Senators are not reacting well to this response."

"Hagel is refusing to answer any of the questions or make any effort to get them the answers," the aide said. "He is basically telling Senators they have no right to know if he has been unduly influenced by foreign governments or foreign agents over the last five years. What is he hiding? I'm told several Senators, including McCain, who have previously expressed opposition to a filibuster said privately yesterday that failure to disclose foreign funding information would change their thinking."

"Committee members have specific concerns with regard to foreign contributions to the Atlantic Council by Saad Hariri (or the Hariri family), Dinu Patriciu, Kazakhstan, Bidzina Ivanishvili (his supporters/network) – and the nexus between Chevron's investments in Kazakhstan and their involvement with Hagel at the Atlantic Council," the aide added. All of those groups have paid chairs or programs at the foundation."

Read it all...

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michaelphoenix2
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2013 7:05:41 PM

john McCain and several other prominent Republicans have officially come out against the use of a filibuster for the appointment of cabinet nominees and has agreed to joining the democrats in any cloture proceedings to break a filibuster.

As long as there is not filibuster there only needs a simple 51 vote majority for the actual vote.

So barring major earth shaking developments former Chuck Hagel will be the new secretary of defense.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 1:47:37 PM

Topic: Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense?

--In a word, no. He's a fool and doesn't seem to understand foreign policies and who are allies really are.
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Cliffisher
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 12:42:44 PM

"Watching early stage Alzheimer's is not pretty"

And I had thought that McCain had only turned into a bitter old man.

Sorry.
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gocatgo
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 12:26:14 PM

Reg, "Reagan outspent the Russians" and we may still be paying on that debt. In reality it was just a matter of time before the Russians put themselves out of business. "Years of trying to keep up with us" includes many administrations before Reagan. A few examples would be Russia's support of the eastern block, N Korea, the space race, Cuba, N Vietnam all the while building new weapon systems.

Jd, "they both pretend to be republicans", wrong. Some yahoos that call themselves republicans are merely Gop con extremists. Ike, Nixon and Ford were republicans but by today's standards would be rinos. Reagan who regularly worked with and compromised with dems would be seen as weak by con standards of today.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 6:08:53 PM

he's a republican - uh huh, just like colin powell - ok, they both -pretend to be republicans but neither do anything to help/aid their party.
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MiddletownMarty
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 5:21:59 PM

"Dude is not very impressive."

He's a Republican. No more need be said.
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nraacct
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 3:59:12 PM

Since the President wants a yes man and the Democrats in the Senate will go along with him, he should probably get the job.
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stlhawk
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 2:39:11 PM

I definitely hope not!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:45:51 AM

Watching early stage Alzheimer's is not pretty.
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regulate_now
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:13:08 AM

Gocat, that is not the only nuke accident we have had- but an accident is just that... Trust in this situation goes to intent, intent to use responsibly... Ahmadinejad trustworthy? Ahmadinejad responsible?

Reagan outspent the Russians over his entire Presidency, yes while the Soviet Union fell "time-wise" under 41, it was not just an instantaneous happening of the moment- they went down after years of trying to keep up with us... Their economy could not sustain their military build up/costs/etc and Reagan outspent them at every opportunity and they collapsed after years of trying to keep up- a well accepted fact if you read anything...

[Edited by: regulate_now at 2/2/2013 10:14:06 AM EST]
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 10:09:00 AM

no one around here in eastern Nebraska likes him

[Edited by: jdhelm at 2/2/2013 10:09:22 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 9:44:28 AM

Dude is not very impressive. This is the best???
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 12:45:30 PM


gocat - "..."disaster" no, try Inquisition by Grumpy old men. Cons treat draft dodgers better than war heroes."

Oh, believe me, I didn't say it was a disaster, the twittering leftists did (as you would've realized had you read the post).

The noble actions of a "war hero" do not excuse actions that follow.

That failed arguement has already been covered and deep sixed.

Hagel has made borderline traitorous remarks on al-jazeera, unjustifiably derided our allies, and has failed to even fulfill basic requests made of him prior to the hearing.

If all you get out of Hagel's inability to justify why he should be SoD is that his questioners are mean, then I really can't help you.

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When the talking heads of the left are shaking their heads in embarrassment over Hagel's responses (or lack thereof) you probably chose the wrong man for the job.

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gocatgo
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 11:18:04 AM

reg, "I trust Iran with nukes more than I trust my own country with 'em". Somewhere around the coast of SC in 1958 the Usaf accidentally dropped an atomic bomb that has never been found. So Hagel could have a point. "Wasn't it Ronnie that beat the Russians by outspending them", no because old Ron was not in office when the Ussr disbanded. That happened during Bush 41 who is rarely given the due credit for his handling of that world changing event.

xrdc, "disaster" no, try Inquisition by Grumpy old men. Cons treat draft dodgers better than war heroes.

As of now cons do not have the votes to stop this nomination.

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mudtoe
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 10:30:12 AM

AC: "Obviously Hagel didn't know what he was talking about at that hearing. "


Did anyone think about asking him to take a breathalyzer test after that performance (I wonder if it's illegal to testify before Congress while drunk) ?


mudtoe

[Edited by: mudtoe at 2/1/2013 10:31:04 AM EST]
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AC-302
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 10:22:49 AM

I, for one, was glad to see Hagel get castigated and rebuked by Sen. John McCain. Obviously Hagel didn't know what he was talking about at that hearing.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2013 7:45:15 AM

wait, he was just handed a note on what he said, and . . . .
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He seemed like a commercial for medical marijuana.
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mudtoe
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 6:51:39 PM

That was the most horrible confirmation hearing I can ever remember! Mr. Stumble, Bumble, and Fumble couldn't fight his way out of a paper bag, let alone be put in charge of the Defense Department. The democrat members of the committee had to even come to his aid to the point of telling him what he meant to say because he couldn't say it right himself even when led by a democrat Senator. They actually had to stoop to saying it for him and he then nodded in agreement. How embarrassing!!

The village idiot would be a better Secretary of Defense. Oh, but I forgot, the village idiot already has a job; he's the Commander In Chief.


mudtoe



[Edited by: mudtoe at 1/31/2013 6:54:58 PM EST]
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regulate_now
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 6:51:16 PM

ROTFLMAO... hehehe... Go ahead, post it- make my day! LOL... hehehe...
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regulate_now
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 6:49:18 PM

I watched some of the Hagel confirmation hearings; I saw each network plus FOX's coverage during their respective evening news... Now that they ALL laughed Hagel off of the planet, lets hear it from those Libbys on here- I just gotta here this... LOL LOL ROTFLMAO... Ok, go ahead...
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xrdc
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Leftists on Twitter are calling the hearing a disaster...

hagel’s making biden look rhetorically sure-footed
— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013

this hearing is beginning to remind me of the 1st Obama-Romney debate
— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013

This Hagel hearing is a disaster.
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 31, 2013

Certainly seems like it on twitter RT @buzzfeedandrew This Hagel hearing is a disaster.
— AdamSerwer (@AdamSerwer) January 31, 2013

I think Hagel is engaged now in Jewsplaining.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 31, 2013

Hagel has written chapters on Iraq and on the Middle East. So we’re cool.
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 31, 2013

Did Hagel just call Iran’s government “elected and legitimate”?
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) January 31, 2013

Hagel is floundering through one policy answer after another. IRGC terrorism, Iraq surge, nukes.
— attackerman (@attackerman) January 31, 2013

“I support the president’s strong position on containment. I think that’s right.” Um, you meant prevention, right #Hagel?
— attackerman (@attackerman) January 31, 2013

#Hagel just stumbled over whether Iran govt is “legitimate” or “elected.” Fodder for oppo
— Ron Kampeas (@kampeas) January 31, 2013

Yikes, now he said he “supports the president’s position on containment.” #Hagel
— Ron Kampeas (@kampeas) January 31, 2013

-==

heh.
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 5:33:56 PM

McCain Grills Hagel Over His Criticism of Troop Surge in Iraq


McCain was in full grumpy old man mode during the confirmation hearing for his former friend and colleague Chuck Hagel this Thursday -- and he really was not happy when he didn't get an answer that suited him on Hagel's criticism of the troop surge in Iraq back in 2007, which he called the "most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam."

"Were you right?" McCain said. "Were you correct in your assessment?"

"Well, I would defer to the judgment of history to sort that out," Hagel said.

"This committee deserves your judgment as to whether you were right or wrong about the surge," McCain pressed.

"I'll explain why I made those comments," Hagel said.

"I want to know if you were right or wrong," McCain interjected. "That's a direct question. I expect a direct answer."

"The surge assisted in the objective, but if we review the record a little bit," Hagel said.

"Will you please answer the question," McCain said. "Were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the 'most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam.' Were you correct or incorrect, yes or no?"

Hagel wasn't willing to give him the sound byte he was looking for and it just got more contentious from there:




"Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war." --John McCain
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 5:24:22 PM


WIRED - "If Chuck Hagel wins approval in the Senate to run the Pentagon, as President Obama desires, it’ll be despite his performance in his confirmation hearing on Thursday, not because of it."

Read it all...

"The ranking Republican on the panel, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who opposes Hagel’s nomination, said, “Too often it seems, he subscribes to a worldview that emphasizes appeasing our adversaries while shunning our friends.”


[Edited by: xrdc at 1/31/2013 5:26:55 PM EST]
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daylily2009
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 9:23:24 PM

hagel will NEVER make it!!
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regulate_now
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 8:52:17 PM

Ooops, wait a minute, wasn't it Ronnie that beat the Russians by outspending them? Just my career soldier view, nothing to do with all the Repub BS you mouth off about... But not the screw you/screw this and that you opine...

[Edited by: regulate_now at 1/30/2013 8:55:24 PM EST]
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YDraigGoch
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 8:47:17 PM

There is a big difference between saying someone is a bad person, and going over and bashing his brains out. Normal people will try everything else first.

Sickos want to start a war right away instead of waiting to see if something else works first. Little men with little egos want some excitement in ther little lives (as long as THEY don't have to go).

Hagel still has the shrapnel he picked up in Vietnam. He looks at things through the eyes of those who did the actual fighting, not the eyes of politically brain damaged people looking for a war.

That does not mean that if push comes to shove, he won't act. It means he does not want to send your sons and daughters to fight and die in yet another totally useless war created by totally worthless people.

We have had WAY too much of that for the past fifty years.

We beat the Russians without going to war, despite the drumbeats of the right wing fanatics talking about "glory". Well, screw you and your phoney "glory". Let's win because we are smarter, not because we can send people to die.

Besides, this whole Hagel thing is just more "Republican" obstructionism. Nothing more, nothing less.

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regulate_now
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2013 5:08:21 PM

Hagel? The "I trust Iran with nukes more than I trust my own country with 'em" Hagel? As a veteran of every war/conflict/skirmish since Vietnam, I strongly oppose Hagel and believe He's an awful choice for SecDef. Libs have a habit of knowing and finding the worst in the Rep party. He's guarenteed to not cut anything BUT the Defense Dept... BTW only 9 times has a Sec been NOT approved, the Prez virtually always gets what he wants as a cabinet... so he like others are a shoe in... Qualifies - No, Should he be approved - No... Will he - Yes...
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 7:48:54 PM

xrdc, "Bush was not a hero to the right", not by what I see posted in US Politics. Your admission otherwise as a con is a rarity in this forum. "100 ways Obama's just like Bush" which is why he gets so much support from the right, Lol? On "tax day" I expect no favors. Paying taxes to live in the greatest nation in the world is a privilege for this proud Vietnam vet.
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xrdc
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 5:23:57 PM


Senator David Vitter’s Letter to Hagel

"...I am concerned that in a span of just a few days, your views on Iran sanctions appear to have changed three times – first opposing Iran sanctions altogether, then opposing just unilateral sanctions, and now supporting all sanctions."

"...you imply that you have been unequivocal in your belief that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. However, I remain concerned that while you have given speeches directed toward Hezbollah’s actions, you failed to do so in your official capacity while a U.S. Senator."

"Senator Hagel, I ask that prior to your Senate Armed Services hearing scheduled for January 31, 2012, you provide clear, written answers to the following:"

1. Why you voted against renewal of the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act in 2001?

2. Why you voted against the Iran Counter Proliferation Act in 2007?

3. Why you voted against the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (CISADA) in 2008?

4. Why you put a hold on CISADA in 2008 after it cleared the Senate Banking Committee over your opposition?

5. Clarify the apparent contradiction between your comments to the Lincoln Journal Star last week (which mirrored your 2001 statement to the American Iranian Council that you oppose sanctions against Iran because they “isolate us”) and your letter to Senator Boxer this week?

6. Provide documentation why you think sanctions should only be tied to, “Iran’s continued rejection of diplomatic overtures” and not to the status of its nuclear program?

7. Are you willing to issue a statement that you believe that the European Union should designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization?"

Read it all...

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