Republicans succeeded Thursday in blocking a vote on Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s defense secretary nominee, by launching the first filibuster in history against a president’s choice to fill the Pentagon’s top civilian post. GOP senators said they are delaying the confirmation in order to have more time to study Mr. Hagel’s record and to obtain more information on the White House’s handling of the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a matter on which they accuse the administration of stonewalling or providing wrong information.
I hope that Hagel wasn´t a sacrificial lamb, someone that the Pubbies can waste their political ammo on. So that whomever Zero nominates in his place is ten times worse, and they´ll be too worn out to fight anymore.
Lets not blow this out of proportion. He left a lot of pertinent info out of his confirmation papers. The press was completely missing from any efforts to vet the nominee. When Senators found troubling payments and lectures, Hagel decided he wasn´t going to answer them. And finally, Reid scheduled the vote trying to get it in before resistance hardened. And still, the establishment GOP almost let him through.
Seems like no one is interested in finding out if Obama benefited from Saudi money in bankrolling his education and the undue influence of one Khalid al-Mansour and Muslim Brotherhood/Islamic jihadi infiltration of the US govt..
I think this is a hollow victory for republicans who will have egg on their face after they approve him later on.
We never thought there could possibly be a worse president than Clinton till the Obama´s came along.At least Clinton didn´t try to kill the economy and wasn´t as closed minded as Obama. The point is no matter howbad someone is,there´s always someone worse in liberal circles.
Why are we shifting our scarce naval resources to Africa when the Persian gulf area and NK present much bigger threats?
John Kerry had no credentials to be SOS but being a senate club member got him through. He´ll fail in the job but no one will notice,just like Hillary. 92% of Pakistan hates us when they´re a vital strategic partner in that area. You never get them to cooperate again. They´re angry over drone killings and sneaking in and killing BimLaden.What if Canada sent drone strikes in our country?
Rather than use this as leverage to pry more information out of Obama that they will never get, why not vote this nomination down simply because Hagel is incompetent and dangerous to the country? And FTA little Jay Carney calls Hagel the Secretary of Defense ´that the troops deserve´. That´s saying a mouthful. What´s Obama?
Poster #22 is correct. The slimy anti-semitic crapweasel will be confirmed. Brain dead fools like McCain and Collins just have to take a break and think about it. What´s to think about. Upchuck Hagel is a disgrace and is wrong about everthing especailly Israel and Iran. I´m so glad that I retired 5 years ago. That way I didn´t have to not only suffer this fool but our jackwagon CinC.
This is fun but beside the point. The White House calls the shots. Look at Hillary: basically spent her time flying around with no authority; the White House acted as Sec of State. It isn´t as if Kerry will have Obama´s ear, the way Condi had Bush´s, or Hagel will have the clout that Weinberger or Rumsfeld or a typical Republican defense chief has.
Sometimes Phil I. Buster is the best member of the Senate that we have.
This would be one of those times... After all... The Hage is even worse than The Hag.
Second terms usually suck. Second stringers are usually lousy. We can hope (on the bright side) that disgust with Bammy may translate into more votes against DimWitz in the 2014 midterms, giving us a GOP Senate and House.
He is 90% to be confirmed on intrade.com Great bet-against: IF I trusted the GOP (i.e. I´d be getting 10-1 betting that Hagel won´t be conformed)..but I don´t trust them. I´d rather bet the Derby futures...
Watching and waiting to see the final outcome. We´ve seen too much strong language, posing, and preliminary maneuvers before the final "cave". The nation is in trouble on several fronts. Best effort is no longer a substitute for result.
As far as the scare that we´ll be without a Secretary of Defense: that´s what the Joint Chiefs and our Commander in Chief are for. Oh, wait .. God help us!
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