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Obama Lurches Left With Pick of Hagel for Defense

SMyles Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 8:19 PM
Mike seems to be on a downhill slide. This column is a real tanker. Talk about neocon hogwash.... Hagel knows sanctions are an act of war mike. I think you do too. Hagel puts the United States first. You should too. How many voters that believe in liberty and national defense do you think you can drive out of the republican party and still have a viable party mike? I think you need to go mike.
Corbett_ Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 9:18 PM
Hagel also knows that sanctions don't work. If they did, Castro would have been out decades ago.
SMyles Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 9:46 PM
True Corbett. I believe what I've read regarding Iraqi civilians, many children, dieing because of sanctions has merit.
Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy.

His image as a centrist took hold at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where he gave a speech hailing not the blue states or the red states but the United States of America.

But over the course of Obama's first term, this analysis increasingly sounded like wishful thinking. And never more than during the past week, with the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of...