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Hagel: US ‘Can’t Dictate to the World’

In his first speech as Defense Secretary, Hagel called for renewing old alliances and building new ones

by John Glaser, February 27, 2013

In his first speech as Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel told an audience of US troops and defense officials at the Pentagon that the US should engage with the world instead of try to dictate to it.

“We can’t dictate to the world, but we must engage with the world,” he said. “That engagement in the world should be done wisely. And the resources that we employ on behalf of our country and our allies should always be applied wisely.”

Hagel was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday in a 58-41 vote, which according to The Washington Post was “the narrowest approval ever for a defense secretary nominee.”

Much of Hagel’s speech seemed to indirectly rebut the Bush administration’s strong-arm, with-us-or-against-us diplomatic approach, making clear also that he would not support wars he viewed as unnecessary.

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Hagel sounds like a good

Hagel sounds like a good frontman to make the growing number of Americans who are questioning the wars feel represented while Obama continues on with the same policies he always has.

But some of those politicians live in a weird little distorted world in Washington DC. They think that the Sec of Defense means something to most Americans. It's like the socialites who know all about what goes on in the high society, but they hardly even recognize the existence of the lower classes of people in town, much less understand them.

So was Bush/Obama

Bush ran on an anti-nation building platform.
Obama ran on an anti-war platform.
FDR ran on an anti-war platform in his later years, during his first run he accused Hoover of being a socialist.

I have no reason to believe Hagel is any different. If anything, our system is shifting towards new methods for the same game and Hagels "anti-imperialist" rhetoric is a ruse.

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Ive asked before, why would

Ive asked before, why would Obama want this guy if he is liberty minded in any way? it doesnt make sense, there is a benefit to Obama to have this guy so i'm going to wait and see what happens.
I have a feeling he is not going to be our friend. If Obama likes someone, that alone means something bad is about to happen and he will use this guy as a pawn to get what he wants.

I haven't asked, but I have wondered the same

Time will Tell...

I did not hear it from Rand,

I did not hear it from Rand, but this is what I expected. Hagel has been outspoken about the way we have been forcing the world to conform to our dictates. Mr Hagel seem to be leaning more towards a foreign policy ascribed to us libertarian non-aggressives! Rand knew it! The filibusters had nothing to do with Mr Hagel, but the poor way our country is, presently, being run, as far as foreign policy goes. IMHO

The key word here

Is resources. Out of money, admit it. Just like the good doctor predicted.

To my Liberal Trolls:
"Really Don't mind if you sit this one out. Your words but a whisper, your deafness a shout. I may make you feel, but I can't make you think."
Ian Anderson 1972

How about Ending all of our Alliances

Let's become Neutral like Switzerland, but without the Central Banking.

How about Commerce with All and Alliance with None?

How about Forgiving our Enemy and Forgiving our Government as long as they both agree to stop the carnage.

How about Peace through Superior Understanding and keep our FirePower as backup?

How about making those who can't let it go, go to the Front Line?

We neither need to renew or build new Alliances. I am my OWN PERSON. I do not align with the Rulers of other Nations, just as I do not align with my own Rulers. I just found out that I have Rulers and I must say that that is bad enough without also inheriting their Enemies.

Iran is not my Enemy, neither is Syria, or China. As far as I can tell, it is my Government who fails to Represent me in any way, and does not have my Consent, who is enemies with these Nations or Rather their Governments.

The People running the United States and Others will never learn from mistakes where they are left Empowered, Wealthy, and Healthy while others take the losses of Life, Liberty, and Property.

Bush was talking for non-interventionist stance back in 1999.

Rumsfeld actually was one of few who proposed drastically cut Pentagon (GOP & DEM did not let him.) Obama was making good speechers in 2007 as well.

What I heard from Hagel is that he will work closely with Democrats to ensure there is no cuts to Pentagon and its contractors. In addition, Hagel pledged to support "research" of "renewable fuel" for airforce and navy.

But as long as Hagel is perceived by our haters as anti-Israel (he is not), he will be praised at every turn.

well observed

re Bush. We all know how that one turned out.

Talk is cheap. I think Hagel was appointed because he'll be a better apologist for atrocity than others rather than he'll prevent further atrocities.

Action, Not Words

Yes, he has said this, but time will tell. The only plus that I can really see concerning Hagel at this time is that he is the First Enlisted man to ever run the DoD, all others have been from the Officer Class of the Military. He may bring more common sense into the DoD, though. It's a Wait and See approach for me.

"Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth. "
— William Faulkner

Just Words

These are just "words" said by a puppet who was put into power by other puppets.
Like the obnoxious teenager of the 1990's used to say "Yeah Right".

I like some of the things he says

But implicitly do not trust anyone nominated by the Executive Branch or approved by the current Congress.

Why would they appoint someone who would (even remotely) be on our side?

Why would they completely disregard their oaths of office, systematically dismantle the Constitution and Bill of rights, and collude with foreign interests and multinational corporations to screw us over in every single area that matters ...

Then turn around and appoint someone with the slightest bit of rationality, wisdom, and integrity to one of the most powerful posts in the nation?

Sorry. Doesn't add up.

Whoa whoa wee wa!

EXCELLENT NEWS! But these (as of right now) are just words. Let's see what actions Hagel takes...

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Great News


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Thanks Ralph, for your posts.

He's the man.