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Chuck Hagel confirmed as US
defence secretary by Senate

BBC News [UK], by Staff

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/26/2013 5:26:32 PM

The US Senate has confirmed former Senator Chuck Hagel as the new Pentagon chief, after a bloc of Republicans dropped their opposition to him. The former Republican Nebraska senator was confirmed by 58-41 in a simple majority vote.[Snip] The Senate move comes 12 days after Republicans delayed a vote, questioning his past positions on Israel and Iran and his qualifications for the post. But critics dropped the manoeuvre, the first for a defence secretary confirmation, after a week-long recess. Mr Obama´s Democratic Party holds a 55-45 edge in the chamber, and Mr Hagel ultimately only needed 51 votes to be confirmed.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 2/26/2013 5:33:20 PM     (No. 9197733)

The stupid party found a way to have one of its supidest members ever receive confirmation.

A delay meant nothing and has accomplished nothing. Imbeciles!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 2/26/2013 5:37:11 PM     (No. 9197741)

Take a deep breath. This is not a loss, unless you have subjected yourself to countless hours of droning by Mark Levin on this. Going to war over one a president´s choice for his cabinet would have been a massive mistake: like Lee at Antitum or Napolean at Waterloo. Hagel is a decent man, a Republican, and he will do a fine job. Stop listening to the blithering idiots of talk radio because all they do is lose. They have declared war on Karl Rove. To the political right of Karl Rove is noman´s land. Stop living in these guys´ fantasy land. You and your country deserve better!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: nimby, 2/26/2013 5:37:24 PM     (No. 9197742)

Down goes the country, once again!!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 2/26/2013 5:40:28 PM     (No. 9197749)

So who are the four Republicans who voted for him (or abstained). And did any Democrats vote against him. The numbers imply that some may have.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/26/2013 5:44:25 PM     (No. 9197760)

Democrats always find a purpose for their GOP useful idiots.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 2/26/2013 5:44:32 PM     (No. 9197761)

#2 should review the French Revolution - taking a deep breath is what you do before the blade comes down. But it cures the cold, I´m sure.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tusker, 2/26/2013 5:46:12 PM     (No. 9197763)

RHINO Hagel is an idiot, a tool of Bow-Boy and the Marxists infecting our government, a gross insult to our armed forces, and an enemy of Israel to say nothing of democracy and the Republic.

The only bigger insult to the armed forces is Bow-Boy.

"Things" are not all right and are not going to work out just fine Pollyanna.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: loosecannon1, 2/26/2013 5:47:19 PM     (No. 9197767)

To steal a headline from a few days ago, that captured perfectly what this is akin to:

Caligula´s horse.

If there were ever a need for a very, very energized Tea Party, it is now.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: horacer, 2/26/2013 5:50:40 PM     (No. 9197778)

Shelby, Cochran, Johanns and Rand Paul voted to confirm. Hagel set a record for most no votes for a confirmed Secretary of Defense. Previous high was 11.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: kono, 2/26/2013 5:51:22 PM     (No. 9197780)

Wow. Next thing you know, Somalia will be given a seat on the Human Rights Council, Bernie Madoff will be named Secretary of the Treasury, and Barbara Boxer will chair the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 2/26/2013 5:53:47 PM     (No. 9197783)

As usual, the troll king offers bad advice to LDotters. What do the Republicans gain by consenting to a truly bad candidate such as Hagel? I´m not suggesting that they should oppose everyone Obama nominates (because, in truth, he will never nominate a worthy person, and opposing all his nominees will appear inflexibly partisan). But you have to push back when it´s appropriate. Voting against Hagel would have been good practice for the Senate Republicans before Obama attempts to stack the SCOTUS with more leftists. A better strategy would be to make a clear, convincing case before the American people for why you oppose a nominee.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: trackman999, 2/26/2013 5:59:30 PM     (No. 9197796)

What´s up with rand Paul voting for this guy?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: IdSpud, 2/26/2013 6:03:34 PM     (No. 9197805)

At the risk of starting some here #10, I believe that Sheila Jackson Lee is probably a better choice for the Intelligence Committee.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 2/26/2013 6:06:18 PM     (No. 9197808)

The media no longer hides their bias, the Democrats no longer hide their Marxism and the trolls no longer hide their agenda.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 2/26/2013 6:10:23 PM     (No. 9197818)

It´s like they all figure we´re past the tipping point...

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Reply 16 - Posted by: jalo1951, 2/26/2013 6:10:36 PM     (No. 9197819)

We have once again reached a new low. Affirmative action for ex-senators.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/26/2013 6:20:04 PM     (No. 9197838)

The country has a mental disease. Hagel and Al Franken -- I don´t understand this country. I want Texas to secede. To h--- with this craziness.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Lefticide, 2/26/2013 6:29:05 PM     (No. 9197848)

America is being judged, and is getting what she deserves. Sad.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Penney, 2/26/2013 6:29:09 PM     (No. 9197849)

´Tis a sad day when someone as flaky as this, (-check Hagel´s voting record & comments through the decades!), is confirmed by this beltway Boomtown Senate. mm mmm mmm

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Reply 20 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 2/26/2013 6:43:55 PM     (No. 9197867)

The troll listens to Mark Levin and learns nothing.

I have nothing to learn from the troll.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/26/2013 6:44:50 PM     (No. 9197868)

#2. Hagel is unfit. Nothing Levin said could prove that, Hagel proved it to all.
His hearing removed all doubt.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: PI65, 2/26/2013 6:46:40 PM     (No. 9197872)

#9 I think I told you so about ten days ago. This was a stupid fight at best. Just made us look bad again. We need to pick those battles we can win.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: bob913, 2/26/2013 6:49:05 PM     (No. 9197876)

Chuck Hagel defence secretary - Jew hater
Determined to see Israel attack by Iran with nuclear weapons.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: geoguy, 2/26/2013 6:52:01 PM     (No. 9197881)

Poster #2, I want to believe your post is sarcasm. But I know it isn´t.

A massive mistake? How? Why? I don´t see that AT ALL. Who is the blithering idiot here? I´m glad you posted so we on this blog can see what is wrong with this country, front and center.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: CentralFLMom, 2/26/2013 6:57:20 PM     (No. 9197890)

I will bless those who Bless you (Israel) and curse those who curse you. (Genesis 12:3)
Hamas now runs our military. Its only a matter of time before Obamawannajihad gives Iran a nuclear bomb to begin the end of days.
Rand Paul is a fool, along with everyone else who voted to confirm that godless, motherless Muslim lover.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Janjan, 2/26/2013 6:59:25 PM     (No. 9197895)

#2 Listening to Mark Levin, who is a patriot and Constitutional lawyer, might provide you with a few much needed brain cells. You should try it.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: coldoc, 2/26/2013 7:03:21 PM     (No. 9197901)

Thank you mccain and graham, two of the biggest losers in the Loser Party.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: udanja99, 2/26/2013 7:11:10 PM     (No. 9197914)

Rand Paul did NOT vote to confirm.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: nonsense, 2/26/2013 7:45:01 PM     (No. 9197971)

Another America hater becomes a cabinet member. Sigh.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/26/2013 7:46:56 PM     (No. 9197974)

You are both right.

It should matter.

But....in Obama world it doesn´t.

Hagel is another Biden.

White and Stupid.

Since they are not allowed to make any decisions anyway they can serve to reinforce
the popular stereotype of stupid white guys.
This is of no small value to the left.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: PI65, 2/26/2013 7:48:04 PM     (No. 9197975)

#28 Sorry, but he did. Said something about it was because the Won had won the election.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: trapper, 2/26/2013 8:01:39 PM     (No. 9197993)

According to the WaPo article here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hagel-clears-filibuster-hurdle-is-set-for-confirmation/2013/02/26/589b3fa6-8030-11e2-a350-49866afab584_story.html

"The four Republican senators voting in favor were Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard C. Shelby (Ala.) and Rand Paul (Ky.). All 41 no votes came from Republicans."

If you do the math you get one Dem not voting.

Rand Paul voted "yes." Let that sink in and brew a while. Rand Paul. "Yes" for Hagel. McCain, Rubio, Graham as "no´s."

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 2/26/2013 8:07:51 PM     (No. 9197999)

Pubbie wimps do it again. Wonder what the payolla will be from the Obeimeister.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: reddfroge, 2/26/2013 9:37:39 PM     (No. 9198095)

America, as a free country, is done...finished...we are done folks...get used to major gov. rule....brace for impacct


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Reply 35 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/27/2013 7:09:51 AM     (No. 9198432)

Here comes the total destruction of the U.S. military might. Each state should start working hard on a citizen militia.

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