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Is Chuck Hagel Failing?
National Journal, by Michael Hirsh

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Posted By:Oblio, 1/31/2013 4:06:09 PM

First things first: Chuck Hagel makes a poor witness for himself. That’s clear. He’s always been this way, of course: deliberative and slow of speech, stubbornly stating his positions without concern as to who else joined with him in them. When Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., attacked the Defense secretary designee over his opposition to the surge in Iraq, and he responded simply, “I’ll let history decide,” that was classic Hagel. He’s confident that historians will judge the diversion into Iraq after 9/11 as a major strategic error, and he’s probably right.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: oldsfc, 1/31/2013 4:12:13 PM     (No. 9151018)

Old Chucky failed years ago.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/31/2013 4:15:35 PM     (No. 9151020)

Error? We kicked butt.

Saddam is gone and dead to boot.

This is like foreign policy Duhhhhh.nce class.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ocho reales, 1/31/2013 4:17:33 PM     (No. 9151023)

Let´s all just hope to God that the Senate can find 61 NO´S to tank this nominee. He is bad news and will be an utter failure as Defense Secretary.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/31/2013 4:19:01 PM     (No. 9151025)

"...diversion into Iraq..." What a lie. What I hope history will eventually reveal are the weapons Sadaam had plenty of time to hide/transfer while President Bush was busy jumping through hoops at the UN.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/31/2013 4:20:06 PM     (No. 9151027)

Is he doing poorly? Yes, but as a textbook Democrat. Vitter of Louisiana is skewering him on his "flipflops" (quoting past Hagel statements and asking if he still believes that), a term which Hagel views as inaccurate. "Not flipflops."

His good old boy Dem supporters are dwelling on his having been an enlisted man in Vietnam and his willingness to "serve his country" once again. Pretty thin gruel when stacked up against the marks against him.

John Warner actually had the gall to mention Kerry a another Vietnam veteran who continues to serve his country as secretary of state. (What happened to the Winter Soldier?)

We need more Vitters. And fewer Hagels, Warners, Kanes, Kings (Maine), etc.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/31/2013 4:20:35 PM     (No. 9151028)

PS. Will he be confirmed? This is the Senate. Probably.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 1/31/2013 4:30:20 PM     (No. 9151046)

Vitter cheated on his wife with a Washington hooker.
Hagel served his nation valiantly -- both in Vietnam and in the Senate trying to spare this nation thousands of deaths and a couple of trillion dollars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We need fewer fat-mouthed chicken hawks and more soldiers.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 1/31/2013 4:38:20 PM     (No. 9151061)

The initial hit on Iraq wasn´t the problem, the hanging around for years getting soldiers picked off was the problem.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: steveW, 1/31/2013 4:42:59 PM     (No. 9151064)

Hagel is proving the Obama Principle:
Whatever Obama chooses, that´s the wrong choice.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/31/2013 4:49:35 PM     (No. 9151072)

I wish Hagel and Hirsch could have gotten a feel of Saddam´s prisons.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Dante, 1/31/2013 4:50:46 PM     (No. 9151074)

This was a setup by Zero to paint the Republicans as so blindly against him that they would even vote down a Republican appointee. His cohort media will give their assistance and support for the scheme.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GO3, 1/31/2013 4:54:36 PM     (No. 9151082)

#7, you just might get your wish for more soldiers, since Hagel has previously stated he wanted to reinstate the draft.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: starboard, 1/31/2013 5:06:25 PM     (No. 9151107)

Is it me or does Hagel have a vapid look about him? He´s definitely not the brightest bulb in the Beltway.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Ozium, 1/31/2013 5:08:05 PM     (No. 9151109)

Great thinking #7! I was just thinking we don´t have enough people like John Murtha, John Kerry, Wesley Clark, and Colin Powell serving in government.

Hagel´s issues have nothing to do with his military service. The issues is that he is and will always be a wooden head. He just isn´t very bright.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Dignitary Protection, 1/31/2013 5:17:27 PM     (No. 9151114)

"King of all Trolls" is a fitting moniker.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/31/2013 5:58:33 PM     (No. 9151173)

Re #7, that´s between Vitter and his wife.

Hagel has cheated on our country for years.

Lots of good guys went to Vietnam and served our country well. Then they came home. And there is all the difference.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Sergeant Major, 1/31/2013 7:01:27 PM     (No. 9151273)

#15 Glad you included Wesley Clark, most people have either forgotten his track record or have never been told what a disaster he was/is.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/31/2013 7:05:29 PM     (No. 9151278)

One cannot possibly listen to Hagel for even a minute and seriously believe he should have ANY government job, much less the critical job of Secretary of Defense. #7 are you his Mom?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/31/2013 8:37:13 PM     (No. 9151416)

Defeating Hagel rests with the Senate Democrats.
To confirm Hagel , they need 51 votes.
The Democrats control the Senate 55 to 45.
To throw up procedural roadblocks to stop Hagel, Republicans would need 60 votes.
I can´t imagine that there are 15 Democrats who understand and respect the military and are willing to stop Hagel.
Hagel served in Vietnam 46 years ago.
For one year.
We have thousands upon thousands of current military members who have done multiple year long tours
of Iraq and Afghanistan.
And like Hagel , many , many of them have been injured .
And many , many of them have more executive and business experience than Hagel.
Their recent combat, injury history and executive experience
trump Hagel´s.
Plus, no doubt the vast if not all , understand the dynamics of the new terror threats and do not despise
our stalwart Middle East ally, Israel.
Nor do they honor Iran.
Credit goes to Senator John Cornyn of Texas for trying to rally the public and the Democrats to defeat Hagel.
Senator John McCain was outstanding today.
To those conservative purists who pouted and stayed home
and refused to vote in the last election
-shame, shame, shame on you.
How could you do that to our troops ?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 1/31/2013 9:02:12 PM     (No. 9151452)

Hagel is a filthy, antisemitic, Islamist Communist leftist piece of filth.

Hagel is the scum of the earth.

No, I am candy-coating it.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 1/31/2013 9:05:32 PM     (No. 9151454)

Hey 7, trollmutt. Hagel is a traitor.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 1/31/2013 9:28:28 PM     (No. 9151479)

Kudos to Ted Cruz, he filleted Hagel. Now that is the kind of Republican we need in DC.

Even McPain and McShamnesty awoke from their comas and grilled this anti-Semitic kook.

Vote this nutbag down.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/31/2013 11:42:14 PM     (No. 9151624)

Bush´s wrong war in Iraq is more or less wrapped up with a good outcome. Obama´s good war is dragging on forever and will most likely end in our strategic retreat leaving the Taliban to come back in.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 2/1/2013 12:10:58 AM     (No. 9151651)

if the committee votes to not send a nomination to the floor the process ends and the nominee is rejected. A nomination can be filibustered.One more option to prevent confirmation exists.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: ocjim, 2/1/2013 4:05:42 AM     (No. 9151748)

Obama wants an obedient flunky running the Pentagon who will do his bidding without hesitation or protest. Pathetic Hagel is eminently qualified for that job.

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