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BREAKING: Senate Republicans Block Hagel Confirmation....For Now

sider Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 1:32 PM
confirmed, when they'll be serving under Obama's policies, orders anyway ! BHO has his reasons for wanting Hagel, but that doesn't mean that CH's not his own man, he might very well show his best side at times while in this job, when he can get away with it. Obama would get credit if Hagel does something commendandable but so would Republicans ! Hagel as Der-Sec would not be setting the policies, the Pres does that, it's the job of the full Congress to Block-Stop either of them if they were to do something that they, you, I, the people disagree with. The Def-Sec has some power in advising the Pres, advice, discussions, but doesn't decide the resulting final decision on policies to be implimented, the Pres does. If the Def Sec does some
sider Wrote: Feb 15, 2013 1:35 PM
-thing on his own the Pres approves of, but the Congress doesn't, they've ways to Stop-Block it !

W-Cohen, US-Sen, R-ME, 1979-97, Def-Sec, 1997-2001:

“Mr Hagel's a man of unshakable integrity, wisdom, who's served his country in the most distinguished manner in peace, war.”

Gen Jim Jones, Dem, Natl-Sec-Advsr, 2009-10:

“C-Hagel's a rare example of a public servant willing to rise above partisan politics to advance the interests of the USA, its friends, allies.”

Gen Brent Scowcreft, Rep, Natl-Sec-Advsr, 1975-79, 1983-89:

"Hagel would infuse into our foreign polcy what's very much needed, strategic influence.”

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Dem, Natl-Sec-Advsr, 1977-81:

“Impeccable choice for Def-Sec”

Supporters: 10-frmr-US-Ambs, 100-US-Gens !

Senate Republicans have at least temporarily blocked the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense.  Democrats' cloture motion to proceed to an up-or-down vote failed 58-40, with one Senator voting "present."  Achieving cloture requires 60 votes.  Let's be candid: Hagel (a Republican) is unqualified for this job, which is arguably the most important position in a presidential cabinet.  He all but admitted as much during his disastrous Senate hearings last month: