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Liberty Is Winning, Even In The Obama Administration Hagel For Secretary Of Defense

Our future Secretary of Defense could be a former GOP Senator who voted AGAINST:Medicare Part D, AGAINST:No Child Behind, who as a Senator from a farm state voted AGAINST:Every Farm Bill, AGAINST:Sanctions on Iran, AGAINST: on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program, AGAINST:Raising the Debt Ceiling, and like Walter Jones originally supported the Patriot Act but voted AGAINST:The Re-Authorization of the Patriot Act and apologized for supporting it in the first place, AGAINST:Waterboarding, AGAINST:Affirmative Action. For these and many other reasons the former Senator of Nebraska was pushed by the GOP establishment not to run for re-election, and now is being considered by President Obama to head the Pentagon.

Among the criticisms aimed at Hagel are allegations that he is a contrarian, candid and blunt. That sounds about right, based on what Nebraskans know of Hagel after he represented the state for 12 years in the U.S. Senate.

Arguably, however, those qualities would serve Hagel well as defense secretary.

For example, Hagel is on record as saying that the Pentagon budget is bloated in many ways and could be pared down. His observation should not be interpreted as anti-military or anti-defense. Think about all the times Congress has ignored spending reductions proposed by the military so senators and representatives could bring home economic benefits to their constituents.

Hagel, a Republican who voted in support of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, changed his mind as the war progressed and many of the Bush Administration’s claims, such as the assertion that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, proved hollow. Hagel became a frequent visitor on Sunday morning talk shows, ripping the administration’s handling of the war and foreign relations.

There should be no doubt that if Obama appoints Hagel, the president will be getting an independent voice.

Hagel also has been criticized for being anti-Israel. And, on the basis of one quote in which Hagel mistakenly referred to the “Jewish lobby” rather than the correct ‘Israeli lobby,” he has been described as anti-Semitic. Hagel simply believes the Israeli lobby has too much influence and that our current worship of AIPAC is anti-American, "The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here" Hagel declared from the Senate floor as he begged his fellow Senators to vote against sanctions on Iran. The Republican Jewish Coalition went far as to say "the appointment of Chuck Hagel would be a slap in the face for every American who is concerned about the safety of Israel." Hagel is against any war in Israel and wants to cut Pentagon spending. Isn't it exciting that President Obama could be nominating the man who tried for so many years to Privatize Social Security to a cabinet position. I think YES

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ytc's picture

Ok, it doesn't look good for Hagel appointment as of today.

"About Obama More than Hagel"
By SCOTT MCCONNELL • December 26, 2012
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/about-obama-more-than...

"If Obama does retreat, Hagel is likely to remain as a political force of some consequence regardless. He is a politician of both substance and courage; more than any figure in recent memory, he has galvanized the usually quiescent foreign policy realist community inside the Beltway. The realists should, by right, be a part of the Obama administration– but if not, they are likely to make their newly recovered voices heard nonetheless."

** Obama may prove himself to be a pushover, yet again, NEVER to be trusted to follow through with honorable conviction and resolve.**

I don't think Obama has the cojones to pick him now.

Both Dems and GOP hate him. Don't they have to vote on him after they do their brutal inquisition?

Will Rand ever Hagel-Up and vote against Sanctions

I wonder if a Hagel Pentagon would inspire Rand to vote against Iranian sanctions?

"Leo Strauss, Scoop Jackson & Irving Kristol can rot in hell"

ytc's picture

Let's give Obama (gasp!) an overwhelming WIN on this Hagel's

choice against let-others'-kids-die-warmongering neocons / Dick&Liz torture-is-my-best-accomplishment GOP Cheney / failed master-cheaters' advisor Dan Señor et al.

Let's commend Obama for siding with Two Purple Hearts Veterans' true friend by signing:

"Nominate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense -- and fight for his nomination": https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/nominate-chuck-hag...

(NB. . . we will STILL voice our LOUD firm objections against Obm-care, Obm-gun-confiscation plots and Obm-BigGov schemes ;-)

ytc's picture

Obm won his presidency by being LESS war-thirsty than

Romney, who let hyper-warmongers like Dan Señor set the tone of his cheat-fest failing candidacy.

Obm can do it, again, and WIN this fight for autonomous AMERICA-FIRST Secretary of Defense nomination.

(the link above is broken. here's the entire working link)
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/nominate-chuck-hag...

Let's do it!

Sign this petition!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

I like him already.

If AIPAC and the ADL hate him, he must be doing something right.

Not only are his views

Not only are his views correct, he was a party outcast for his willingness to reduce spending and vote against deficit hikes, he's the man to implement Audit the Pentagon and Cut the Pentagon

"Leo Strauss, Scoop Jackson & Irving Kristol can rot in hell"

If obummer

nominates Hagel that will be the payback to nut-n-yahoo for personally campaigning for Romney and not himself.

I expect that if Hagel is appointed the zionist lobby will bring a lot of pressure on some folks. Interesting times indeed.

VOTE: White House Petition for Hagel!

"Nominate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense -- and fight for his nomination": https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/nominate-chuck-hag...

He's NOT in the pocket of ISRAEL.

"First rule of Government Spending: Why build one when you can have 2 at twice the price?"
-S.R. Hadden

ytc's picture

done!

1619 already signed as of 11pm PST, Dec 23 (Sun)!

Window Dressing

Appointments just like elections are meaningless. Do you actually believe this will change ANYTHING?

yes

Putting a person with a track record of supporting limited government into a key position is helpful. Putting like-minded people in every position is helpful and moves us closer to our goal of liberty and freedom.

They appointed free market

They appointed free market advocate Alan Greenspan to head the Federal Reserve, then look what happened.

liberty lover in Nor Cal!

A rated, great choice!

A repost originally submitted on December 15.

For opposing ultra-right-wing neocon John Bolton for the U.S. ambassador spot, he gets an A+ in my book! A “frequent no vote on sanctions against Iran” wasn’t too shabby either although his recent statements on Iran haven’t been as clear cut as in the past. As a moderate, he is still a hugely vast improvement over someone like Bolton who was touted to be Romney’s Secretary of State pick.

The Hagel Haters: Why Israel’s supporters can’t stand the ...
... Hagel became the first Republican to oppose John Bolton’s nomination to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. www.informationclearinghouse.info/article33320.htm

PS

His chances may be better than we think as I have read he has a good relationship with both Obama and Joe Biden.

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i just read about this on

i just read about this on Yahoo, Joe Lieberman and Lindsy Graham despise him, he might actually be good news!

*Wisconsin Constitution* Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"

It's very hard for me to think this is serious

Obama and the Democratoc party would appoint a Republican?