Liberty Is Winning, Even In The Obama Administration Hagel For Secretary Of DefenseSubmitted by Cornhusker20 on Sun, 12/23/2012 - 22:04
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