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Hagel Proves Obama Won't Stop Iran

absinthe48 Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 8:20 AM
My money is on Israel's survival. What is hard for us to know -- for those of us who live in the boonies -- is the precise balance of terror that keeps nations at peace. Israel will look out handsomely for its own. The tripwire is the Persian gulf, where self-indulgent royals flaunt their wealth and repress genuinely democratic movements. The Obama administration has gyrated about, because I fear that it too is lost. But it is not America's problem.

Does it matter that a nominee for secretary of defense doesn't particularly care for American power?

Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in 2007, Sen. Chuck Hagel revealed the kind of prejudices regarding American military strength most frequently found in the pages of the Nation magazine or among protesters at Occupy rallies. Distancing himself from Republicans he regarded as too bellicose, Hagel said, "Rather than acting like a nation riddled with the insecurities of a schoolyard bully, we ought to carry ourselves with the confidence that should come from the dignity of our heritage, the experience of our...