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Hagel’s Credibility Left in Shreds
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 1/31/2013 10:21:51 PM

It’s not clear if administration sources that leaked the story that Chuck Hagel had three practice sessions before a mock committee before his actual Senate confirmation hearing were trying to help or hurt the former senator. Hagel’s performance was so shaky that even some of his liberal supporters like Peter Beinart were lamenting on Twitter about his stumbling and bumbling answers to tough questions. That he flopped so badly after being rehearsed speaks volumes about how bad he was. Indeed, he had so many misstatements that it will be hard for news organizations to choose

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scribelus, 1/31/2013 10:51:01 PM     (No. 9151566)

The Bolshevik chose Hagel. Hagel faithfully represents the soul and policies of the worst president in the history of the United States of America.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: enuf8, 1/31/2013 11:02:48 PM     (No. 9151580)

Lots of Dem Senators in RED states up for re-election in 2014. They need to think long and hard about their vote on the SOD.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: steveW, 2/1/2013 1:58:18 AM     (No. 9151703)

The Chuck "USA is the world´s bully" Hagel appointment says more about the goofball appointing him than it does about Hagel. Just like the Van Jones appointment, the Kagan appointment and all the rest. President Decline is very, very busy...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bighambone, 2/1/2013 2:31:38 AM     (No. 9151712)

The Nebraska voters figured out that Hagel was a pretend Republican years ago and dumped him. They say that when he visited Nebraska he talked like a Republican, but while in Washington, DC, he was a Democrat.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Kansas Conservative, 2/1/2013 3:37:55 AM     (No. 9151739)

Hagel represents everything wrong about D.C. He should have run as a Democrat when he was in the Senate because that is what he is. But he didn´t have the courage to do that so he pretended to Nebraska that he was GOP. Hagel is nothing but a fascist who likes to bash Bush, the GOP, and Israel and is beloved by Iran and al-Jazeera and Obama. Vote NO on Hagel.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/1/2013 5:19:25 AM     (No. 9151777)

Hagel never had any credibility to begin with so there was nothing to shred. He shredded himself in the past and the hearing confirmed what everyone knew.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: sillykay, 2/1/2013 6:39:31 AM     (No. 9151827)

The man is a fool.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pineledger, 2/1/2013 6:39:45 AM     (No. 9151828)

Call your Senators, if you haven´t. I know Burr will oppose, and I´m working on Hagen.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 2/1/2013 6:50:08 AM     (No. 9151837)

The sad thing is, I still expect him to get enough Democrat votes to get the confirmation. Incompetence and outright stupidity still don´t trump the Democrat party.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: miceal, 2/1/2013 6:56:49 AM     (No. 9151845)

Is it just me, or did Hagel mostly try to sell his book during the hearings? He is a Dolt and should be voted DOWN!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: fransand, 2/1/2013 7:10:30 AM     (No. 9151853)

pineledge, you may have a problem finding Hagen--it´s spelled Hagan

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rusino, 2/1/2013 7:14:20 AM     (No. 9151857)

The Occupior of The Oval Office is packing the Cabinet with Toadies. He sees himself as The One to Rule. Once all Top Appoinments are made and irreversible he will schedule his Coronation.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lancelink1, 2/1/2013 7:17:47 AM     (No. 9151859)

FTA: "But today’s disappointing show by Hagel shamed not just Democrats but a nation whose defense is being entrusted to an incompetent liar."

So we would be OK with a competent liar? Like with the Sec of State (Clinton or Kerry - your pick)?


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Reply 14 - Posted by: Crosscut, 2/1/2013 7:23:45 AM     (No. 9151869)

Obama doesn´t care. Obama probably is not that well acquainted with Hagel. Obama doesn´t know anyone qualified for the job, only Democrats and America-haters.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: AirForceCane, 2/1/2013 7:32:14 AM     (No. 9151880)

He is not only misguided, an apologist for America, a vicious critic of Israel, detests the Jews in Nebraska...

but also just one of the stupidest members of the Congress,

with positions woefully out of the mainstream, with no executive experience to lead an organization of over 1 million employees..

the only qualification he has for SecDef is that he shares many of the POTUS beliefs about emasculating US foreign policy

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Reply 16 - Posted by: suziannr, 2/1/2013 7:38:02 AM     (No. 9151889)

I beg to differ....it would be difficult to determine the STUPIDEST member of congress

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Reply 17 - Posted by: suncitypro, 2/1/2013 7:46:38 AM     (No. 9151900)

But once he is confirmed, he assures us he will learn more about the military.
God Bless our MILITARY HEROES!
They need God´s blessing everyday, but they will need more of it if this asshat is confirmed.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Freeloader, 2/1/2013 7:47:40 AM     (No. 9151901)

My complaint...former Senator Hagel is left in shreds by his Republican fraternity brothers yet two of America´s most notorious card carrying Dark Siders, Madame Hillary and Liveshot, are given a complete pass! We are indeed living in bizarre times!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: strike3, 2/1/2013 7:47:52 AM     (No. 9151902)

Hagel gets barbecued while a proven traitor gets an almost unanimous approval for SecState. Where´s the fairness? Where is any sense of honor in this government?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/1/2013 7:48:19 AM     (No. 9151903)

So far only one US Embassy bombed this morning.

But it´s early yet.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Echohawk, 2/1/2013 7:49:18 AM     (No. 9151905)

Sen. McCain asked former Sen. Hagel if he now thinks he was wrong about the surge. IOW, he tried to give Hagel a chance to praise the U.S. military´s role in Iraq. Hagel wouldn´t admit he was wrong!
This guy wants to be Sec. of Defense? Unbelievable.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: udanja99, 2/1/2013 8:00:50 AM     (No. 9151920)

FTA: "But today’s disappointing show by Hagel shamed not just Democrats but a nation whose defense is being entrusted to an incompetent liar."


Is he talking about Hagel or 0bama or both?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Yo Yo, 2/1/2013 8:03:33 AM     (No. 9151926)

Just sent my no requests to Udall and Bennett, which, over the past few years, is an exercise in futility. Going to their sites is depressing. They trumpet one stupid liberal idea after another. Paycheck fairness, wind power, clean water, all sound good on paper, but a job killers.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Barbarian Heretic, 2/1/2013 8:14:34 AM     (No. 9151946)

imagine this: John Kerry @ State, Chuck Hagel @ Defense.

Astounding.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Judith, 2/1/2013 8:21:34 AM     (No. 9151966)

what IS the difference between hagel and kerry? Here in ma, kerry made it clear that our evil ways came home to roose on 9/11 and has attacked the USA since his first appearance testifying on the hill. Hagel is another enemy of the USA. And it is obvious that the people in congress share these men´s attitude towards the USA, along with our present potus. So, if the people of the USA are happy with high unemployment, high debt, losing their homes, having our people slaughtered in far away places and doing nothing about it....doesn´t it follow that these two creatures are just right for the jobs they have been nominated for?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Donna M, 2/1/2013 8:29:59 AM     (No. 9151986)

Amen #25. However I still believe that Hagel is a stalking horse in our puppet presidency. If he fails, an even worse (but female and/or black) substitute will be nominated. If he wins, he will take all orders from ValJar. End of story. We, unfortunately, are cooked.

Has anyone heard from the Romney family?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/1/2013 8:30:44 AM     (No. 9151990)

Hagel, Menendez, Edwards....Congress is loaded with crooks.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: KanCreeper, 2/1/2013 8:31:59 AM     (No. 9151994)

On the basis of the clips from his Senate hearing...The only thing to be said is the Yutz in the Oval Orifice has chose his Court Jester well. Hagel will not disappoint.


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Reply 29 - Posted by: cgood, 2/1/2013 8:44:47 AM     (No. 9152015)

Obama´s approach to selecting members of his administration is often seen in the business world: the boss who is so insecure he only hires unimpressive underlings so that no one can outshine him. It´s a recipe for disaster when ´the boss´ is as highly incompetent and inexperienced as Obama is. He really has to scrape bottom to find people with even less ability.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: krause, 2/1/2013 9:07:00 AM     (No. 9152057)

I can´t get past that ´deer in the headlights´ look on his face.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 2/1/2013 9:16:42 AM     (No. 9152082)

I believe Obama prefers his minions to be meek, mild and willing to follow and do whatever he wants. His choices and appointments over the past four years have been bizarre and puzzling, in most cases.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/1/2013 9:18:04 AM     (No. 9152085)

My Senator Cruz led the barbeque.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: beca, 2/1/2013 9:22:41 AM     (No. 9152095)

it may be really stupid of me but i dont think he will get confirmed

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Luckyx3, 2/1/2013 9:23:37 AM     (No. 9152098)

Please don´t link him to Nebraska because as soon as he was elected to the senate, he moved his family to the east coast and never came back. Sorry to say that I voted for him and he turned his back on conservative principles which is why we voted him out.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Felixcat, 2/1/2013 9:26:34 AM     (No. 9152104)

Exactly Posters # 25 and 30.

Is Hagel getting grilled becuase he is no longer in the good ol boys club while Kerry oozes on through?

As for Hagel´s experience in Vietnam and his opinion of the Iraq War, if I could have been a senator yesterday, I would have asked him: So did you support the
reason were in Vietnam but not the lack of political will and do yo believe the same about Iraq? And just when and under what conditions would you send troops into harm´s way?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Ruhn, 2/1/2013 9:39:19 AM     (No. 9152132)

What an utterly pathetic performance.

We talk about LoFo voters. It´s worse than that: we really have LoFo cabinet members now. And Hagel is the poster boy.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: nonsense, 2/1/2013 9:42:20 AM     (No. 9152140)

ValJar and Soros chose him.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: John Moses Browning, 2/1/2013 9:48:42 AM     (No. 9152159)

Hagel is a shoo in for SEC DEF. He is the perfect candidate for the all the democrats trying their best to knock the U.S. down a rung or two. The dems and the media can beat him up for being an evil republican all the while enjoying the fruits of his labors.



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Reply 39 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 2/1/2013 9:54:28 AM     (No. 9152168)

You can see how this guy fits right in with the Obama group.
No surprise there!

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Michimatician47, 2/1/2013 10:00:04 AM     (No. 9152176)

We´ve got to confirm him to find out what´s inside him.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: ShowMeGuy, 2/1/2013 10:03:21 AM     (No. 9152184)

I served with Hagel on a non-profit advisory board in Omaha during the mid 90s. I remember being amazed at his enormous ego and abject stupidity. He is without question the walking definition of an empty suit. And thus a perfect fit in the Obama cabinet.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: papasparky, 2/1/2013 10:13:51 AM     (No. 9152212)

It´s a coin flip whether Chuck Hagel is John Kerry lite or the reverse. Either way they are both Obama sycophants who are right at home in the D.C. animal house, one in the r(h)ino pen and the other in with the asses and donkeys.

In my worst nightmares I never dreamed of this country disintegrating like it has in the past ten years. I pray we haven´t reached the point where the only way to eliminate the parasites is for the host to die.

If we survive long enough for history to be written, obama will be remembered as the scoundrel who reversed most of the civil rights from Lincoln to the present day and betrayed all the people he fraudulently adopted (the only thing black about obama is his heart) for his own nefarious reasons. He should be tried and convicted of treason and dealt with accordingly!

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Gallo3, 2/1/2013 10:14:36 AM     (No. 9152213)

Hagel hates America just like Monsewer Jean Fraud Cair-ree and the boss, Blessed Hussein Obama.

This fool has a right to be part of a cabinet of fools put together by the Marxist cadre at the heart of the Beast- the aim of which is to destroy our country.

It is fitting that Obama selects such dim bulbs to do his dirty work.
A real man could not stand it.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: ShowMeGuy, 2/1/2013 10:42:28 AM     (No. 9152304)

Here´s my personal theory on RINOs. By nature, politicians have huge egos. Republicans elected to congress quickly discover that the best (only) way to get face time on the evening news and talking head shows is to buck their own party. There´s nothing more beloved by the media than a Republican turncoat. So it´s not so much that a RINO is a closet liberal as it is he will say and do anything to feed his massive ego.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: grritz, 2/1/2013 10:54:09 AM     (No. 9152344)

We have no leadership. And those who pretend to lead are bereft of honor.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: ocjim, 2/1/2013 10:59:28 AM     (No. 9152363)

Obama was looking to install a compliant flunky over at Defense to continue his work, and I think he found him.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: berlin, 2/1/2013 11:13:41 AM     (No. 9152402)

I wouldn´t be surprised if the people pulling the strings in the WH expect Hagel to go down in defeat so they can bring someone up they really want preferably a woman.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Eliza M, 2/1/2013 11:27:06 AM     (No. 9152441)

I can´t believe that everyone has missed the point. Obama elected him because he knew he would be an fail.(The useful idiot).
1. He is a Republican.
2. Obama wants to destroy the republicans.
3. And Hagel put the icing on the cake.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: sagman, 2/1/2013 11:32:37 AM     (No. 9152450)

Obama and Hagel on NBC Nightly News

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Tonight I interview Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel and President Obama.

[turns to monitor]

Uh, you’re smoking, Mr. President? Didn’t you quit?
OBAMA: Backslid after watching Hagel yesterday, Stevo. And it´s grass not a cigarette--special blend called ´´mariguana´´ because it’s grown in female bat dung. I told you it was a ´´joint´´ interview. ? Fly me to the moon . . . .?
HAGEL: That’s the weed talking, Brian. I’ll kick his butt when he gets unfocused.
WILLIAMS: Why do this interview, sir?
OBAMA: People feel better about me when I appear next to dunderheads, Brian. And I wanted to thank Chuck publicly for distracting everyone from today’s miserable economic numbers.
HAGEL: Glad to help, sir.
WILLIAMS: Why did you choose Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, sir?
OBAMA: Reid wanted a doormat in the post; promised that if I picked Hagel, the Senate wouldn’t submit a budget for another four years.
WILLIAMS: Senator, why did you accept the offer?
HAGEL: I’ve been playing ‘’Call of Duty” on Xbox since it first came out, Brian. It’s time to get real.
WILLIAMS: Sir, if Senator Hagel is confirmed, will you send him to Russia to talk disarmament?
OBAMA: Absolutely. Can you think of anyone better than Chuck to give away the store?
HAGEL: I can work with Putin, Brian. As Reagan said, ‘’Trust, don’t vilify.’’

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Arby, 2/1/2013 11:44:45 AM     (No. 9152480)

The portions of the testimony which I saw were downright frightening. I wouldn´t put this doofus in charge of weeding my garden, much less protecting it from invaders.

This is a new low for Fauxbama and for his LSM enablers.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: pomom, 2/1/2013 11:52:20 AM     (No. 9152498)

Chuck Hagel has those ´´martini bags´´ under his eyes all the time. He is a first class doofus.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Rafter, 2/1/2013 11:59:59 AM     (No. 9152515)

Poooor Li´l Chuckie...

He couldn´t decipher his own crib notes...
which he had with him at the hearing...
they consisted of the used toilet tissues from the last time Chuckie axs-sisted
his mentor, George Soros, with personal hygiene after a chili dinner.

It happens.
And it´s why his nomination reeks to Allah.
May his nomination soon meet 72 virgins... DOA...

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Reply 53 - Posted by: ocho reales, 2/1/2013 12:17:18 PM     (No. 9152553)

I think 52 hit the nail on the head. If you´ve ever been around drunks they don´t look so good sober and they frequently are incoherent. Hagel had those characteristics in his presentation. Only his family and close friends will know if he has a drinking problem but he sure looked like it to me.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 2/1/2013 12:31:09 PM     (No. 9152576)

The only hope for stopping Hagel lies with the 55 Democrat Senators.
They have enough votes to confirm him
while still allowing four Red State Senators a No vote
for cover .
Manchin was so effusive in his praise that he actually expressed his longing desire to serve
in a foxhole with Hagel.
It is jaw dropping that the Commander in Chief
posed for a woman´s fashion magazine on the day his nominee
for Secretary of Defense behaved like an anti American , Anti-Semitic Alzheimer´s patient
during his confirmation hearings.
It is an insult and outrage to the military
and the families of the 1811 Americans who have died
in combat
the past four years in Iraq and Afghanistan -
to consider Hagel a fit candidate for SecDef.
Only the 45 Senate Republicans recognize this .



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Reply 55 - Posted by: wexfordcounty, 2/1/2013 12:35:43 PM     (No. 9152585)

What a train wreck. Saw "highlights" on Hannity. Maybe Van Jones can be readied on the sidelines.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/1/2013 12:39:29 PM     (No. 9152587)

It´s my opinion that if Obama had to sit and answer questions like Hagel did, he´d do just as poorly as Hagel.



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Reply 57 - Posted by: novakid, 2/1/2013 1:13:09 PM     (No. 9152646)

I understand that Hagel fought in Viet Nam. Which side was he on?

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Reply 58 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 2/1/2013 2:17:24 PM     (No. 9152744)

I have to agree with #26, Hagel is the omen of something much worse to come.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: flatwater, 2/1/2013 3:54:00 PM     (No. 9152866)

Hagel was his usual self, uninformed, incoherent, helplessly mired in his own idiocy, and looking very much like he could use another gallon of cheap bourbon.



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Reply 60 - Posted by: wsdiego, 2/1/2013 4:05:57 PM     (No. 9152879)

For this joker Hagel to call the Iranian gov. legitimate, is the same as Pres. Ford saying the Poles didn´t think they where under Soviet rule! It´s silly, out of touch and stupid!

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Reply 61 - Posted by: walcb, 2/1/2013 6:00:47 PM     (No. 9153063)

They need to confirm this idiot and state if this is what the President wants this is what he should have. Obama´s SOS is just going to follow his bidding, get this idiot confirmed. At this point what difference does it make anyway?

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Reply 62 - Posted by: redwhite&blue2, 2/1/2013 7:05:42 PM     (No. 9153134)

Hagel ? Kerry ? Hildebeast? Susan Rice? Jay Carney? Joe Biden? Barry Soetoro?

Have we all lost our minds? Died and gone to hell? Entered Bizarro world?

GOD help us all here in the DSA! (Divided States of America!)

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Reply 63 - Posted by: happywarrior, 2/1/2013 7:16:45 PM     (No. 9153153)

And what was all that about one of his sons taking a test which he said he was going to confirm? Was that supposed to be funny? It was awful.

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Reply 64 - Posted by: shurnuff, 2/1/2013 10:35:03 PM     (No. 9153387)

Credibility in shreds? He´ll be a perfect fit for the obama crowd.

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Reply 65 - Posted by: knarfski, 2/2/2013 7:15:41 AM     (No. 9153682)

Agree #57, but Mr. Obama would likely be smooth and armed with his
flash smile..a schtic that has taken him far..

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Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/5/2014 12:48:54 AM     Post Reply
It’s a big weekend for the Bush family, which is enjoying a renaissance of sorts after several years in the political wilderness. Throngs of former administration officials, members of Congress and others descended Friday on College Station, Tex., to fete former president George H.W. Bush on the 25th anniversary of his arrival in office. One of the highlights of the weekend will be a live interview with his son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has quietly been exploring a 2016 presidential campaign. About 180 miles to the north, former president George W. Bush is hosting an event of a

A Catastrophe Like No Other
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/4/2014 7:53:24 AM     Post Reply
Put aside the numbers for a moment, and the daily argument. "Seven point one million people have signed up!" "But six million people lost their coverage and were forced onto the exchanges! That´s no triumph, it´s a manipulation. And how many of the 7.1 million have paid?" "We can´t say, but 7.1 million is a big number and redeems the program." "Is it a real number?" "Your lack of trust betrays a dark and conspiratorial right-wing mindset." As I say, put aside the argument, step back and view the thing at a distance. Support it or not, you cannot look

Corrosive Conformity
National Review Online, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/4/2014 7:46:25 AM     Post Reply
In 2008, Barack Obama and Brendan Eich both were against gay marriage. Senator Obama averred his support for the one-man/one-woman view of marriage, while Mr. Eich, a cofounder of the Mozilla web-browser company, donated $1,000 to support Proposition 8 — a California ballot initiative that had the effect of making Senator Obama’s avowed marriage policy the law in California, at least until a federal court overturned it on the theory that California’s constitution is unconstitutional. Barack Obama inexplicably remains, as of this writing, president of the United States of America, but Mr. Eich has just been forced out as CEO

Student Newspaper ´Liberty´ Wins
First Amendment Victory
over Oregon State
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/4/2014 7:40:25 AM     Post Reply
Oregon State University, disdaining responsibility for trashing distribution boxes that were intended for a politically conservative student newspaper, has still paid $1,000 plus $100,000 in legal fees after a former student, William Rogers, filed suit against them. The lawsuit, filed in 2009 by supporters of the newspaper The Liberty, contended that the university president and other school officials permitted the official campus newspaper access to distribution bins, but school officials removed the bins for The Liberty. The suit alleged that school officials confiscated distribution bins for The Liberty and tossed them onto a trash heap. The bins, which contained copies

House GOP sets first vote
to hold Lois Lerner in
contempt over IRS targeting
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/3/2014 10:25:39 PM     Post Reply
House Republicans have scheduled a vote next week to hold Lois G. Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about her role in the Internal Revenue Service’s tea party targeting scandal, setting up a major battle over constitutional rights versus Congress‘ ability to oversee the government. Rep. Darrell E. Issa, the House’s top investigator, said Thursday that as a senior official at the center of the IRS targeting, Ms. Lerner will either talk or face penalties for refusing to help the committee get to the bottom of who orchestrated the targeting and what the motives were. “Ms. Lerner’s

Kerry’s folly, Chapter 3
Washington Post, by Charles Krauthammer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/3/2014 10:10:14 PM     Post Reply
When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations? First, John Kerry convenes — against all advice and holding no cards — Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar al-Assad from power. The talks collapse in acrimony and confusion. Kerry’s response? A second Geneva conference that — surprise! — breaks up in acrimony and confusion. Then, even as Russian special forces are taking over Crimea, Kerry goes chasing after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov — first to Paris, then Rome, then London — offering a diplomatic “offramp.” Lavrov shrugs him off.

With Israeli-Palestinian peace
talks faltering, Kerry must
decide how to proceed
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung and Anne Gearan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/3/2014 10:07:22 PM     Post Reply
When his aides get discouraged about the prospects for Middle East peace, Secretary of State John F. Kerry often bucks them up with a phrase: “Don’t be afraid to be caught trying.” But as his tireless efforts to broker Israeli-Palestinian negotiations hit bottom Thursday, with Israel’s cancellation of prisoner releases that were considered crucial to keeping the talks alive, there are some around Kerry — including on his senior staff and inside the White House — who believe the time is approaching for him to say, “Enough.” Kerry risks being seen as trying too hard at the expense of a

Leftists apoplectic over SCOTUS
free speech ruling in McCutcheon
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/3/2014 7:41:38 AM     Post Reply
The American left is outraged that the Supreme Court has voted 5 to 4 that limits to the aggregate amount of donations to federal campaigns have been found unconstitutional. Prior to the ruling, there was a 123,200 limit ($48,600 for candidates and $74,600 in contributions to PACs) on the total amount a single donor could contribute in a two year federal campaign cycle. The ruling did not affect the existing $2,600 limit on the maximum donation to any Congressional campaign. As you might have already guessed, Harry Reid had the most predictable reaction, invoking the Koch Brothers. “The Supreme Court today

Obama shifts focus back to
minimum wage increase
in Michigan visit
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang and Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/2/2014 10:12:15 PM     Post Reply
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Trying to put Obamacare’s problems behind him, President Obama renewed his election-year push for an increase in the minimum wage Wednesday and the White House urged fellow Democrats to latch on to the issue for their own political gain. Speaking at the University of Michigan, the president again fiercely advocated for a rise in the nation’s minimum wage, trying to keep the issue front and center as the November midterm elections creep closer. “In America, we don’t believe in opportunity for a few — we believe that everybody should have a chance at success,” Mr. Obama



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Jeb Bush to make decision
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Washington Post, by Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/6/2014 11:54:20 PM     Post Reply
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that he will base his decision on whether to run for president in 2016 on whether he thinks he can mount a campaign that would transcend the modern-day mechanics of such a run. Bush, the second-oldest son of former president George H. W. Bush and younger brother of George W. Bush, spoke at an event marking the 25th anniversary of his father´s presidency at the library and museum that bears the patriarch´s name. The event was closed to reporters, but moderated by Fox News anchor Shannon Bream and portions of the event were later

Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants
come out of an ‘act of love’

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Washington Post, by By Ed O´Keefe    Original Article
Posted By: Sanchin- 4/6/2014 7:45:12 PM     Post Reply
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an "act of love" for their families and should be treated differently than people who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas. The comments came during an event marking the 25th anniversary of the presidency of George H. W. Bush at the library and museum that bears the name of the Bush patriarch.

Hillary Betrays Her Country
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Washington Free Beacon, by Andrew Stiles    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/6/2014 5:23:19 AM     Post Reply
Why does Hillary Clinton hate America? That is the question that should be on everyone’s mind as she embarks on a worldwide tour to plug her forthcoming memoir. Check out this THE POLITICO article [emphasis mine]: Hillary Clinton discussed her work at the State Department, called for young women not to take criticisms personally and rapped the media for treating powerful women with a double standard at the kickoff of “Women in the World” in New York City Thursday night. Clinton’s appearance on a panel with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, moderated by New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, ran

Now Muslim parents are complaining
about flyers for Easter egg hunts

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/6/2014 11:23:33 AM     Post Reply
In Dearborn, Mich., home to over 40,000 Americans of Arab descent, some Muslim parents have complained about flyers handed out at public schools advertising an Easter egg hunt at a local Presbyterian church. The Muslim parents assert that the flyers – emblazoned with the word “Eggstravaganza!” – violate the separation of church and state widely ascribed to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, reports the Detroit Free Press. Students at three Dearborn elementary schools received the flyers. A large number of Muslim students attend the schools. The “Eggstravaganza!” is scheduled to take place on April 12 event at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church

Anti-vaccine movement is
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USA Today, by Yamiche Alcindor    Original Article
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Kathryn Riffenburg decided on a closed casket for her baby´s funeral. She didn´t want her family to see what whooping cough, her son´s first illness, had done to 9-week-old Brady Alcaide. The nearly forgotten disease, which has in recent years afflicted thousands of Americans, left Brady´s tiny body swollen and unrecognizable. So his mother dressed him in a white baptismal suit and hat and tucked him into a tiny white casket. Brady´s burial came just four weeks after his first laugh — inspired by her version of I´m a Little Teapot — and two weeks after his family learned that he had

Back to Africa? For some African-
Americans, the answer is yes

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Christian Science Monitor, by Chris Stein    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/5/2014 12:58:38 PM     Post Reply
Accra, Ghana — Jimmy Thorne says that relocating to Ghana is one of the best moves he’s ever made. It doesn’t matter if he, an African-American, gets called “obroni,” the local word for white person, in the streets, or if some of his family can’t quite figure out what he’s doing in this West African nation so far from his roots in North Carolina. (Snip) Whether motivated by love, money, or the desire to rekindle a long-lost connection, black repatriation to Africa remains alive and well, even if it never quite became the high-volume, emotional return to African roots

Romney’s return to public life stokes
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FOX News, by Staff    Original Article
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Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has sworn off running again for elected office, but Americans have certainly heard that one before. Speculation that Romney might run again has largely been stoked by the reunion he planned to host last month in Park City, Utah, for members of his 2012 campaign and debate team and a string of recent public appearances. He has appeared on TV news shows 12 times in the past six months. That’s essentially on pace with Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, who led all national politicians last year with 26 appearances over 12 months. Romney has

The artist formerly known as Cat
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Boston Globe (MA), by James Sullivan    Original Article
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´I´ll never forgive Michelle Obama for this
school lunch´: Students sick of smaller,
healthier portions take to social media
to rail against First Lady´s pet project

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Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
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American public school students sick of the smaller portions and healthier offerings they get at lunch thanks to Michelle Obama´s anti-obesity initiatives are sounding off on social media. Just a month after school lunch participation saw the steepest drop on record following the implementation of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, students tired of going home hungry are making sure the first lady knows why. ´I´ll never forgive Michelle Obama for this school lunch,´ tweeted one angry student. [Snip] The extremely negative reviews have over a million kids refusing to eat the offerings, an ironic result for legislation meant to combat

7M enrolled doesn´t guarantee
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Associated Press, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar    Original Article
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WASHINGTON- Seven million people signed up, so there is an appetite for President Barack Obama´s health care law, but that doesn´t guarantee success for the country´s newest social program. Big challenges are lurking for the next enrollment season, which starts Nov. 15. Chief among them are keeping premiums and other consumer costs in check, and overhauling an enrollment process that was advertised as customer-friendly but turned out to be an ordeal. "They have demonstrated the law can work, but we are a ways off from being able to judge its success," said Larry Levitt, an expert on health insurance markets

The president takes the low road
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Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
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The president gave two speeches this week, one in the Rose Garden to talk about Obamacare and one in Ann Arbor, Mich., to push minimum wage increases. What did we learn? We learned that President Obama is most comfortable in campaign mode, and his campaigning has gotten downright ugly. His Rose Garden speech was a typical self-congratulatory moment for supposedly hitting 7.1 million Obamacare sign-ups — although we know that once again, the White House is ignoring some inconvenient truths. We also learned that the president was vain enough to asked the networks to cover his speech in prime time, but

Female transgender student
suspended for using women’s bathroom

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New York Daily News, by Nicole Hensley    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 4/5/2014 10:00:58 PM     Post Reply
A female transgender student wants an apology from a North Carolina college for being detained by a security officer and sent home for using the women’s bathroom. The 22-year-old freshman, Andraya Williams, believes she was discriminated against during a March 19 incident at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C. because of her looks. The freshman said she was leaving the restroom and going to her social studies class when a female officer stopped her and requested her student ID, according to a statement released by the Transgender Law Center. The officer then laughed while asking the student if


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