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Why the War Party Fears Hagel

Corbett_ Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 9:34 AM
Why do we need a strong military in the Middle East? They then become targets. Bring our people home and let them defend America -- not Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Anonymous908 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 1:15 PM
Corbett_ Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 10:09 AM

Our military presence is the biggest recruiting tool the terrorists have. Every time we send in a drone and kill civilians, we encourage people to become terrorists. Every time we cross the border into Pakistan, it causes more hatred of the US.

Don't you see that the policy you advocate just worsens the problem?
Fooling Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 9:47 AM
Amen. We cannot afford it anymore anyway. I meant a presence that can rapidly deploy for quick strikes and then retreats (we do have to acknowledge the presence of terrorists over there).
Joe 145 Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 9:46 AM
Because the attrition rate is one hell of a lot higher attacking our military than our 'soft' targets. Have you not noticed that we have not been hit in the U.S. since 9/11? With our withdrawals, this is going to change and our enemies will not be making the same mistakes that they made the last time. (They hit us too soon and they did not hit us hard enough)

This war has not really begun properly yet. We are losing right now. It is only a matter of time before it blows up again.
In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel's name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst.

Who is Chuck Hagel?

Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work in Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign, was twice elected U.S. senator, and is chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chair of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

To The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, however, Hagel is a man "out on the fringes," who has a decade-long record of "hostility to Israel" and is "pro-appeasement-of-Iran."