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Hagel and Defense

The Teleprompter Speaks Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 1:17 PM
The first problem with Hagel is he doesn't understand that you don't engage in *public* talks with rogue regimes like Iran. Doing so just elevates them in stature to equals with the United States. (Yes, even Obama is better than Ahmadinejad or the ayatollahs.) Instead, you engage them privately through back channels and once you work out an agreement, then you have the public ceremonies. The real problem with Hagel and Israel is that he sees Hamas and Israel as equal. He also views jihad as legitimate. All this really means is he would be completely in sync with his boss.
Ray133 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 2:15 PM
Hagel would be in sync with Obama, yes. In sync with sensible policy, no. He should not be put into an office which affects the foreign policy of this nation. Nor, of course, should Obama. Why has he not yet been impeached? It's well over two years ago that he made clear that he would NOT act as he was sworn TO act as our President. Even if the Senate won't condemn him, the House surely should go on record as opposing our unpatriotic President.
The Teleprompter Speaks Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 2:26 PM
Impeachment will go nowhere. Harry Reid and the Democrats control the Senate. End of story.

This is true no matter what happens, unfortunately.

Biography isn't policy. President Obama's choice for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, former Nebraska Republican senator, has a resume most politicians can envy: a clean senatorial record, no ethical lapses and two purple hearts from a war many opposed and many more tried to avoid.

Some think Hagel's 2006 comment about "the Jewish lobby" should disqualify him, believing it a code word for anti-Semitic sentiments. There is nothing wrong with criticizing the policies of any Israeli government. Israelis likely do this more than foreigners. It's just that Jews are rightly sensitive to the use of words like these because it may...