Skip to comments.Combined Live Threads: Gen. David Petraeus and Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearings 6/29/10
Posted on 06/29/2010 6:57:42 AM PDT by kristinn
The confirmation hearing for Gen. David Petraeus to be ISAF commander began a few minutes ago. The second day of the Elena Kagan Supreme Court nomination hearings began around 9 a.m. They're on the cable networks for the most part. FOX, CNN and MSNBC are dipping in and out of the hearings depending on who's speaking.
The Kagan hearing is being shown live on C-SPAN 3 and online at C-SPAN here.
The Petraeus hearing can be viewed online at the Senate Armed Services Committee Web site here.
Sen. Jeff Sessions is grilling Kagan on Harvard’s DADT policy with the military on campus.
Gen. Petraues speaking now. Only available on the Senate live stream.
I have no idea why the gays think they are so oppressed. She should move to Tehran and see how they treat gays there.
Too bad Hillary is not there to tell the General that his confirmation requires the willing suspension of disbelief, or something.
Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell doesn’t ban gays from military service, does it? It just demands polite discretion.
What Are Those Democratic Flower Children Smoking?
Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - Sunday, September 23, 2007
Author: Ross MacKenzie
So now Gen. David Petraeus has reported on Iraq, and the question is: Are the Democrats overgrown flower children?
Think about it.
Even before Petraeus congressional appearance, key Democrats
were on the ramparts dissing the general most of them had voted to confirm as the Iraq theater commander - implying he is a ventriloquists dummy for President Bush, a liar , and worse. . .
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - in a pre-emptive strike - implied Petraeus coming remarks were written by the White House, and so dismissed them as the Bush Report. Clueless Pelosi added: The facts are self-evident that progress is not being made.
Again, prior to Petraeus testimony, Sen. Joe Biden termed him dead flat wrong.
Sen. Barbara Boxer told Petraeus to take off your rosy glasses.
SEN. CHRISTOPHER Dodd declared that despite the Petraeus report of moderate progress since the troop buildup (or surge), he favors cutting off funds for U.S. troops beginning next spring. His presidential campaign spammed an e-mail declaring: The fact that there are questions about Gen. Petraeus report is not surprising, given that it was brought to you by this White House.
Sen. Barack Obama , noting the same false promises of success that got us into Iraq, said he wants to begin withdrawing troops at the rate of 8,000 per month. The only question about the lost Iraqi cause, he said, is how do we clean up the mess?
Sen. Hillary Clinton told Petraeus , The reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief. She found the administrations proposed rate of troop drawdown - to pre-surge levels by next summer - too little, too late, and unacceptable.
AND LET us not overlook two other manifestations of malign thinking in the fever swamps of the Democratic left:
(1) A Sept. 9 New York Times editorial proclaiming Gen. Petraeus has his own credibility problems, stipulated, inter alia, this: President Bush isnt looking for the truth, only for ways to confound the public. Or: Both Bush and Petraeus are liars .
Petraeus talking about ROEs now. Says he will “look very hard” at the complaints from troopers. Says he has talked with Karzai and other Afghan leaders on the past few days about need to bring full fight to the enemy. Says we still need to minimize civilian casualties and collateral damage. That’s about all he said on that.
As much as it would pain me to lose Sessions as my Senator, I do believe he would make a great Supreme court justice.
This whole charade just puts me over the edge!! What hypocrits.....OMG, how I loathe the Democrats, just evil people without a conscience!
I am equally impressed with Sessions!
Sen. Orrin Hatch questioning Kagan about the Citizens United case.
....saw this thread and had to jump in. I am watching Kagan....SHE IS LYING LIKE A RUG.
The rug on my kitchen floor, felt-backed and foam held doesn’t lie as good as Kagan.
I was very impressed by Sessions.
You could feel his frustration because....SHE’S LYING LIKE A RUG!
It’s got to be tough to sit and be lied to on national TV. Without, I’d add, going over and punching the liar in the nose.
Something I sure wanted to do.
She won’t answer his questions. Plain questions, yes or no type questions. She keeps dodging. He asks, “do you believe...?” and she keeps telling him what Congress determined. Like he doesn’t know.
CodePink protestors hold signs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday,June 29, 2010, as Gen. David Petraeus testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to be confirmed as President Obama's choice to take control of forces in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
I could be wrong, but I'm not aware of other personal presidential and top WH legal counsels being in the hearing room, ready to advise/coach the nominee, in the past.
He wasn't seated so prominently yesterday, and per his past documented hardball MO, he might be there in the front row as a not so subtle reminder to some of the questioners.
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