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Chuck Hagel: A Man to Watch -- Carefully

jkatz Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 2:08 AM
take the tremendous political risk of telling their people that years of sanctions privations was for nothing when they know their is no risk of an American military action? I believe President Obama's primary motivation in nominating Hagel is that he thinks he would help to deeply cut the Pentagon budget, and not to poke a finger in the eye of the pro-Israel constituency. But it is a very serious miscalculation of unintended consequences. Several Senators and Congresspeople have made exactly the same objections. The Senate should not confirm Hagel. Senator Schumer.and many more that take seriously the Iranian threat and have made promises to their constituents on this issue should vote no

It should be interesting, the confirmation hearings on the nomination of Charles Hagel to be the next secretary of defense of the United States.

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A lot more interesting than the hearings on John Kerry's nomination as secretary of state or John Brennan's nomination as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. There may have been a time when those nominations were supposed to be controversial, but compared to the choice of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, both look like cinches to sail through the confirmation process.

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Mr. Hagel's qualifications to head the...