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Hagel Testimony = Fail

michigander4 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 9:06 AM
The only bright spot, if and when he is confirmed, is the fact that he did a fair amount of crawling on his belly under fire in the jungles of Vietnam, being wounded twice. I would hope the experience would guide him on whether or not women are interchangeable with men in ground combat settings. As SOD he might be able to slow-walk the policy, if not reverse it altogether. Hope springs eternal.

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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