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The Senate Must Reject Hagel

wgraff Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:27 AM
You are obviously not one that understands history, or has even studied it much are you? You do realize what the secretary of defenses job is, don't you? He is supposed to advise the President of how best to secure the safety of our country. Now if the guy can't answer some easy questions, do you really think he should be the one to keep our country safe? Let me make a real safe bet, you are one of those who thinks that "gun safe zones" will keep people safe from people who have stolen the guns they have and probably the car they are driving as well. Good luck with that genius.

The Senate's "advice and consent" role doesn't require it to rubber-stamp a presidential appointee for secretary of defense who senators believe would weaken America in this increasingly dangerous world.

Notwithstanding former Sen. Chuck Hagel's diminished view of the post -- "I won't be in a policymaking position" -- the secretary of defense is an exceedingly important position and must be filled with someone who understands the complexity and gravity of the threats we face.

In his testimony at his confirmation hearing, Hagel demonstrated a remarkable unwillingness to clarify his past statements, a stunning misapprehension of the identity, intentions and capabilities...