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The Crucifixion of Chuck Hagel: Will Washington's Pharisees Get Their Man?

This Christmas is a bleak one for those who hold out hope that there might be peace on earth — or just a more peaceful earth.

In the Middle East, wars and rumors of war roil an already volatile region. A proxy war in Syria shows every sign of metastasizing into a larger, regional conflict, with the protagonists — Syria’s Ba’athist regime and the US-supported jihadists of the rebel army — digging in for a long fight. After the conclusion of the Israeli attack on Gaza, which was turned into a shooting gallery by the IDF, the region is smoldering with a murderous hatred. Iraq still bleeds, and there are low-profile but high-casualty conflicts in Yemen, Bahrain, and Pakistan — conflicts where the US is a major player.

And looming over it all is the prospect of The Big One — war with Iran.

For the past five or six years, the propaganda campaign against Iran has been going full speed: the neoconservatives, a small but influential faction within the Republican party (albeit with several Democratic fellow-travelers), have been agitating for a US attack on Tehran, just as loudly and insistently as they clamored for war with Iraq.

However, the neocons have a big problem: the American people are not only sick of war, they are sick of the neocons. The same people who told them Saddam had “weapons of mass destruction” stashed beneath his palace, who told them the Iraqis would greet us with showers of rose petals instead of bullets, who reassured them that the war would somehow pay for itself with Iraq’s oil revenues, who insisted Gen. Shinseki was wrong when he said it would take hundreds of thousands of US soldiers to occupy Iraq — these very same people, who should have been long ago discredited and relegated to the Index of Proscribed Pundits, are back retailing the same tired old canards, only this time directed at Iran. Their problem is that nobody believes them — except, of course, in Washington, D.C., world capital of criminal cluelessness.

Washington is different from the rest of the country — and I’m not just talking about real estate values. In the Real America, nobody believes you can spend more than you can take in — in Washington, however, spending more than you take in is not only possible, it’s mandatory. Outside the Beltway, ordinary Americans want to subject the Pentagon to radical spending cuts, and would prefer not to have to cut Grandma’s Social Security so that the military contractors who contribute so much to our incumbent politicians have plenty of tax dollars to spend on presents this Christmas: in Washington, however, real defense cuts are “off the table.” Out in the heartland, the very idea of another war horrifies ordinary folks — in Washington, it gives them a hard-on.

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Hagel is CFR

so don't get too excited about him. He's in the wrong club and can't be that good of a patriot.

Damn shame.

What would the Founders do?

Talking about Pharisees

USA Catholic establishment had voted for Obama. As a way to fight Evangelicals, they want more Mexicans in. Some Americans still think that GOP religious "right" is a political right. It is not, it is a collectivist dogma, same as progressives.

Unhealthy pre-occupation with neo-cons and Mitt Romney made many RP supporters myopic to the general GOP picture.

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"USA Catholic establishment had voted for Obama"

Your post is offensive.

If Obama was being pushed on Catholics by the "establishment," then that is news to me as I attend Mass every Sunday.

Catholics forcefully reject Obama because of a glaring sign of a serious lack of morality: his pro-choice stance on abortion.

Reccently went to a Catholic mass

The Priest asked if there were any university students present and if there were if they could plz raise their hand. There was no one and this was a big Cathedral and there was probably 100 people there imo.

They might end up giving up their properties back to the natives some day at this rate. Can't even imagine the costs of upkeeping those places. If the Catholics got back to their roots they would have more success imo. Most of the new priests seem pretty ignorant from what I have seen.

donvino

The Neo-Cons unhealthy pre-occupation with

Non Conservative agendas is what got us into this mess in the first place.

Our pre-occupation with Neo-Cons might have to do with Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer and the other neo-con scumbags pushing Romney on us and attacking Ron Paul shamelessly at every opportunity.

If you support the Neo-Con media pundits who diss Ron Paul, why in the hell are you even here?

Not that simplistic.

You are still myopic. If GOP did not have neo-cons, USA foreign policy would not be much different. It was not much different when Reagan went to Lebanon and Grenada, Clinton bombed Belgrad with depleted uranium and sent al-Qaeda to Kosovo or Obama sent al-Qaeda to Libya and Syria.

Consider what was BEFORE neo-cons. Good Catholic JFK, American darling, was pushing Vietnam war as rabidly as any Pentagon general. What happened AFTER neo-cons lost power? Good Catholics, Janet Napoletano and Leon Panetta, are reforming the country nicely.

My point is that without neo-cons, there is still no political right in GOP among religious Christians. They sweat about fertilized eggs, humility and sacrifice instead of about capitalism, sound money and individual liberty. And they were that way most of the 20th century. If you think Christian comentators, say Rush, or Christian establishment like Ron Paul, you are mistaken.

If the GOP did not have Neocons it would be much different

You begin with Reagan, who was the beginning of the NWO, which Bush Sr (Neocon) and their Democratic Party friends, Richard Perle, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, (who infiltraited the GOP, took out every conservative abetted with MSM.. Greenspan, Kissinger, MacNamera, and so many more, Clintons.. these NWO UN Agendists have worked very hard to destroy the USA, inside out.

For many years I thought, when we lost Nam.. the Communists did not take their spoils in one swift destructive move, but had like Chinese water torture, put the USA on a payment plan, a social plan.

The Catholic Church is not communist, even though the word "Catholic" translates to the word "Universal" in the Catechism. The Church does eveolve with the ages, slowly but surely. There are few Catholic Churches in China, and the Church does help individuals and families no matter what nation they come from.. the Church has witnessed government come and go. There is The Church (which accepts all baptisms) and The World, and since we live in the world, the Church deals in the world, profoundly. Not all catholics agree politically.. My Church has Democrats and Republicans, and Indy's. I would not even exclude Athesists, those who are seeking but have no Fauth in God.

EWTN is THE Catholic station, and while there are millions of Catholic sources.. and they are interesting, latest one revealed a solar system like Earths 16 light years away that has one out of five planets in the goldilocks ring.

Anyways, on my GOP committee, it seems to me, the Neocons work with the Democrats to keep the conservatives down and out. The good news is, the umpopularity of the Neocons has marginalized them, and why they are fighting us with all the power they have (including MSM), so to win, it's a matter of staying in the GOP and continueing to fight.. it's a good fight, for anyone, athesist, Catholic, who appreciates peace and freedom.

I agree 100%

Great post Granger

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Well said - when discussing Reagan, the all

important detail of Bush Sr.'s enormous political power must not be left out of the discussion.

We did not occupy Grenada and Lebanon

For 10 and 12 years. Completely different.

It's the Neo-Cons who constantly push for new wars in Syria and Iran. They are a big problem and do not serve the interests of the U.S. Should drag the Neo-Con morons kicking and squealing up to the front lines and let them fight.

Trying to compare the invasion of Iraq to Grenada is a fool's errand.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost thousands of lives, nearly bankrupted our country, and have made little difference.

When the war in Afghanistan is done, we will hand the keys back to the Taliban on our way out. Bin Laden was killed with intelligence, not a standing army. Bin Laden wasn't even in the same country. Iraq is hardly our ally and supports Iran more than us. Stupid, stupid wars.

Even worse, we remain in Afghanistan and every year that goes by costs us more money, more lives and we aren't one iota closer to winning since even in the fat confines of the defense department and pentagon the chumps can't come up with a decent exit strategy after 12 years.

Out in the heartland, the

Out in the heartland, the very idea of another war horrifies ordinary folks — in Washington, it gives them a hard-on.

Washington is different from the rest of the country — and I’m not just talking about real estate values. In the Real America, nobody believes you can spend more than you can take in — in Washington, however, spending more than you take in is not only possible, it’s mandatory. Outside the Beltway, ordinary Americans want to subject the Pentagon to radical spending cuts, and would prefer not to have to cut Grandma’s Social Security so that the military contractors who contribute so much to our incumbent politicians have plenty of tax dollars to spend on presents this Christmas: in Washington, however, real defense cuts are “off the table.” Out in the heartland, the very idea of another war horrifies ordinary folks — in Washington, it gives them a hard-on.

Heartland votes for a LOT of NeoCons

And warmongers.

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

As a descendant of the pharisees

I object to the title of this article.

He voted for NDAA. Screw im, let him go down.

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Release the Sandy Hook video.

Hagel left the Senate long

Hagel left the Senate long before the 2012 NDAA bill. That was the first one to include indefinite detention. Hagel is no Ron Paul, hell he isn't Rand Paul, but he definetley comes from the Robert Taft/Barry Goldwater side of the Republican Party.

liberty lover in Nor Cal!

The Obama/Netanyahu schism grows wider

Hagel/Kerry would be great for Olmert, Sharon, or Barak.

For Netanyahu it is an absolute nightmare of epic proportions.

Israel would be wise to jettison Netanyahu as quickly and quietly as possible.

If anyone wondered whether the Likudists and NWO are on the same page, well no they are not. No wonder the Neo-Cons are freaking out. First Susan Rice, then Chuck Hagel?

Not to mention the Neo-Con republicans who decided to gut social security and medicare but leave their holy grail of defense spending in place got the crap kicked out of 'em.

RINO Neo-Cons are so easy to spot. They can never get enough defense spending.

Pretty much every Republican in Congress who supported Boehner's so called 'Plan B' was a Neo-Con. Which tells you how few Neo-Cons there are left in the Republican party.

Wouldn't surprise me if Obama never seriously considered Susan Rice to begin with, and wanted political capital to spend later. That gambit also did a great job at making his enemies expose themselves.

Few people realize and the media never mentions, that there are large cuts to the defense budget if we go over the 'fiscal cliff'. Makes you wonder if we'd be better off letting it happen. Only ones that lose are the neo-cons. If we go back to the tax rates of Reagan and Clinton, they weren't exactly the doom and gloom economies the voodoo economists are predicting.

Hagel for SecDef Petition

If you prefer a real American to be Secretary of Defense rather than a AIPAC puppet. Then you need to vote for this White House Petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/nominate-chuck-hag...

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

No one is signing this

No one is signing this petition.

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

End Dual-Citizenship Rights

1. End the Dual-Citizenship Madness
2. Bring back the Draft

The American People are sick-and tired of these duplicitous, plotting, conspiring, diabolical, self-serving, elitist Neo-Cons

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

One out of two

End the dual-citizen provisions...but re-institute slavery? RP wouldn't like that very much.

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

Warrior Idolatry

Good point, Joe, and I'll continue to consider my position on the draft. From my perspective, it's the only way to temper the American people's erroneous war lust. We all have been pickled in the glory of our Grandfather's great WW2 victory and their valiant stand when the future of the world was uncertain. That proud moment in our American history has been very cleverly used against us, and today, our insistence to "Honor our Troops" only encourages this whole rotten cycle, where our boys volunteer to serve and defend our nation and constitution, and instead, are used to further aggressive invasions and ruthless occupations of sovereign nations. Pointless, self-defeating, and Not at all what they signed up to do. I see the draft correcting this situation pronto

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!