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Hagel Testimony = Fail

Lighthouse52 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 12:32 PM
Chuck Hagel is clearly unqualified for the job at a time when the Secretary of Defense will send a signal to our allies and enemies. President Obama erodes his leadership by continuing to support Chuck Hagel. Certainly the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, can find someone much better qualified. The Senate needs to reject this nominee if he isn't withdrawn from consideration.

I subscribe to the general theory that a President - Republican or Democrat should be able to have the people running his Departments, Commissions and Agencies that he wants.

Unless there is some overriding disqualifying reason to reject him or her, the Senate should abide by the terms of Article II, Section 2 that says the President,

"shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint … Officers of the United States."

The nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense is an excellent case in point.

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