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Report: Hagel Dumped on Israel, Netanyahu in 2010 Speech

Jarhead1 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 11:59 AM
Watched Hagel's nomination hearing and he said that 1968 was our worst year in Viet Nam. Caught me off guard because while it may have been one of our worst for casualties it was on of our best militarily-we kicked the snot out of the enemy, big time. I was there. The fact is that the more you engage the enemy the higher the probable casualties. Hagel's focus is casualties. Hagel's comment leaves me believing that he would be extremely reluctant to commit troops to combat because of the risk of casualties. A Secretary of Defense must be able face the reality of casualties in planning and in execution. I respect Hagel's service to his country but I believe he has a blind spot regarding casualties that disqualifies him from the job.
Dread Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 12:08 PM
[Hagel's comment leaves me believing that he would be extremely reluctant to commit troops to combat because of the risk of casualties.]

I’ll be honest, that’s exactly why I like the man. We have enough people in Washington urging that we commit the military to solve every international problem that comes our way regardless of the likely effectiveness or success of such endeavors. It would be nice to have a voice that addresses the personal cost that these policies have on people and families and asks whether or not a proposed intervention is both necessary and worth the cost.

Let's face it: Alienating the Israeli Prime Minister is a feature -- not a bug -- in the eyes of this administration, isn't it?  As you ponder that, here's the Washington Free Beacon's latest scoop on yet another contemporaneous report on an eyebrow-raising speech from Obama's pick for Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel:
 

Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel said Israel is on its way to becoming an apartheid...