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White House to Go on Offense for Hagel Pick (For Defense Secretary)
Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/06/2013 | By SIOBHAN GORMAN And CAROL E. LEE

Posted on 01/06/2013 5:17:29 PM PST by SeekAndFind

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday that he is nominating former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary in the face of intensifying opposition from Republican lawmakers, administration officials said Sunday.

Those officials acknowledge they have a bruising confirmation fight ahead. They also say they are confident they will prevail because Republicans ultimately won't be able to topple a former colleague, Vietnam veteran and two-term GOP senator from Nebraska who served on the foreign relations and intelligence committees.

Mr. Obama also may announce his nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, a position left vacant when David Petraeus resigned last year after admitting to an affair. The two leading candidates for the post are White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan and acting CIA Director Michael Morell.

Republican lawmakers on Sunday stepped up their opposition to Mr. Hagel, who initially voted for the Iraq war but grew to oppose it and who supported Mr. Obama for president in 2008. Critics also have cited Mr. Hagel's past criticisms of Israel as a basis for their opposition.

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R., S.C.) said Sunday on CNN that it would "probably be a bridge too far" for him to support Mr. Hagel. Mr. Hagel's foreign policy views, he said, are "outside the mainstream," and he would be "the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation's history."

Other Republicans, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), cited what they see as a leniency on Iran and a past reluctance to impose sanctions on Tehran as reasons for their opposition. "He has consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies, with respect to the nation of Iran," Mr. Cruz told "Fox News Sunday." "Weakness in a secretary of defense invites conflict, because bullies don't respect weakness."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chuckhagel; defense; hagel; israel; waronterror

1 posted on 01/06/2013 5:17:38 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

HAGEL WILL RESPOND THAT HE:

* Voted to give a total of $38 billion in aid for the Jewish state, along with multiple trips to meet with leaders there.

* Voted at least three times for sanctions against Iran and is a supporter of multilateral sanctions.

* Argue that he has opposed some sanctioning based on specific details, not a broader opposition to sanctions.

Hagel will say that he believes that military action should always be an option but, based on his war experience, insist that it should only be seriously considered after diplomatic options are exhausted.


2 posted on 01/06/2013 5:20:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Hagal and obama are both anti-Semitic dweebs.


3 posted on 01/06/2013 5:22:10 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The only reason Obama wants Hagel is so that a Republican in name will be the one that dismantles the DOD funding. Obama is going to hide behind Hagel for massive defense cuts that the left wants...


4 posted on 01/06/2013 5:23:56 PM PST by Typical_Whitey (The political mirage of something for nothing; has ruined many a nation.)
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To: svcw

Further research seems to reveal that he isn’t even all that smart except in a sleazy, self-promoting way.


5 posted on 01/06/2013 5:24:35 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

His sole qualification for SecDef is apparently acheiving the lofty rank of sergeant.


6 posted on 01/06/2013 5:25:10 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL! Are you sure you’re not writing copy for Hagel?


7 posted on 01/06/2013 5:35:55 PM PST by kitkat
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To: SeekAndFind

Not just Israel, this guy is a dangerous leftist.


8 posted on 01/06/2013 5:40:13 PM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I agree, the white house is offensive.


9 posted on 01/06/2013 5:45:03 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Typical_Whitey

I disagree. The LIV will not have idea which party Hagel belongs to when the country goes to Hell.


10 posted on 01/06/2013 5:49:39 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well the best defense is a good offense I suppose...


11 posted on 01/06/2013 5:49:56 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: SeekAndFind

Remember Senator Tower? Somehow, we managed to keep HIS confirmation as Secretary of Defense from happening, even though he was part of the Senate back-slappers.


12 posted on 01/06/2013 5:50:32 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SeekAndFind

Hagel is a senator, but not a leader.

Obama wants somebody that is a follower, and will do as he is told. Hagel is a good candidate for that, and he’s even more special to Obama because he can now claim that he is bipartisan because he appoints from the opposing party.

To Obama, Hagel is ideal for two reasons: he will do as he it told, and he will create the perception that Obama is bipartisan.


13 posted on 01/06/2013 5:57:30 PM PST by adorno (Y)
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To: SeekAndFind
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said in an interview with the Associated Press that he would consider accepting an offer to be Barack Obama's running mate, if asked.

Swell, Hagel was sucking up to Obama back in '08.

14 posted on 01/06/2013 5:59:29 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: SeekAndFind

Did Cindy Sheehan, PFC Bradley Manning and Cynthia McKinney already turn them down?


15 posted on 01/06/2013 6:04:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

It sounds as though Barry is wanting to make sure that Republicans get the blame for his destruction of the U.S. military.


16 posted on 01/06/2013 6:13:45 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where can I pick up a 2013 Mayan calendar?)
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To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!

Well it certainly is offensive.


17 posted on 01/06/2013 6:17:42 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: SeekAndFind

The White House is always offensive.

Perhaps he will apologize for their flying Air Force One at low altitude over the Statue of Liberty?


18 posted on 01/06/2013 6:17:58 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: SeekAndFind
I can't get over the look on Hagel's face in this video.

Suzanna Gratia Hupp explains meaning of 2nd Amendment!

19 posted on 01/06/2013 6:24:46 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s wrong? Jane Fonda not available? Why not Michael Moore or the good “reverend” Wright?


20 posted on 01/06/2013 6:25:06 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: svcw

I was so glad he when he left the Senate... What is with these zombie RINOS they keep coming back usually with satan as their master....


21 posted on 01/06/2013 6:27:27 PM PST by Breto (Stranger in a strange land... where did America go?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I half expected Obama to nominate Richard Lugar for the position. Lugar’s 80, though, so maybe he wanted someone younger.


22 posted on 01/06/2013 6:30:29 PM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This has more to do with with that pathetic senator club than anything else.

Repesl the 17th.


23 posted on 01/06/2013 6:41:17 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.
former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be his next defense secretary in the face of intensifying opposition from Republican lawmakers... are confident they will prevail because Republicans ultimately won't be able to topple a former colleague, Vietnam veteran and two-term GOP senator from Nebraska who served on the foreign relations and intelligence committees... who initially voted for the Iraq war but grew to oppose it and who supported Mr. Obama for president in 2008... Sen. Lindsay Graham (R., S.C.) said Sunday on CNN that... he would be "the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation's history." ...Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), cited what they see as a leniency on Iran and a past reluctance to impose sanctions on Tehran as reasons for their opposition. "He has consistently advocated weakness with respect to our enemies, with respect to the nation of Iran," Mr. Cruz told "Fox News Sunday." "Weakness in a secretary of defense invites conflict, because bullies don't respect weakness."

24 posted on 01/06/2013 6:43:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SeekAndFind

IMHO, the 0 doesn’t really want Hagle. 0 is nominating him because he knows Republicans don’t like him and he wants another fight to prove his dominance over Repubbies.

His main goal is to discredit the Republican party so they appear to be radical and foolish. He has goals and as long as he can take down the opposition he is delighted.


25 posted on 01/06/2013 6:47:38 PM PST by chooseascreennamepat (Have you thought about going vegan, Karl?)
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To: SeekAndFind
"President Barack Obama plans to announce Monday that he is nominating former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel

FYI, Obama only puts Republicans in charge of something only if he has dirt on them. then dump them right when they might go public about something...
26 posted on 01/06/2013 6:48:05 PM PST by Democrats hate too much
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To: SeekAndFind

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:15:./list/bss/d113HJ.lst::

H.J.RES.15
Latest Title: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
Sponsor: Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-15] (introduced 1/4/2013) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 1/4/2013 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.


I told everyone I knew when Obama was elected the second time that he wanted to be dictator-in-chief.


27 posted on 01/06/2013 7:04:18 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (The only thing to stop a bad person with a gun, is a good person with a gun.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The White Mosque is very offensive.


28 posted on 01/06/2013 7:08:42 PM PST by crosshairs (They are only assault weapons in the hands of tyrannical governments and criminals. Ban both.)
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To: upchuck
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R., S.C.) said Sunday on CNN that it would "probably be a bridge too far" for him to support Mr. Hagel. Mr. Hagel's foreign policy views, he said, are "outside the mainstream," and he would be "the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation's history."

Linda may be growing a pair, but more likely has held a finger in the air and seen which way the wind is blowing.

29 posted on 01/07/2013 2:49:45 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh Lord. This is awful. Obama puts up a Republican and Republicans are going to shoot it down. This is going to make the average non-informed voter question what the heck is going on. Obama is playing the Republicans big time. I wish he would just nominate Democrats. This could be hugely embarrassing.


30 posted on 01/07/2013 3:33:43 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Slings and Arrows

Agreed. I can’t wait for her primary. Hope we can find a strong Conservative to run against her.


31 posted on 01/07/2013 3:56:27 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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32 posted on 01/07/2013 5:16:25 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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33 posted on 01/07/2013 5:16:31 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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34 posted on 01/07/2013 5:17:38 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: napscoordinator

Please tell us that you DO NOT support Hagel?


35 posted on 01/07/2013 5:40:18 AM PST by ohioman
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To: ohioman

Please tell us that you DO NOT support Hagel?

Never gave him much thought. However, I still think this is a case of screwing the Republicans. How can Republicans turn down another Republican and make it look good? That is my problem. Obama is going to say, “Well I tried to be bipartisan and these Republicans just won’t work with me.” How do we fight that?


36 posted on 01/07/2013 5:47:20 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: upchuck

lol. I thought South Carolina would have been smart the last time...they surprised me. Hopefully they can find a more intelligent conservative to run against HER. lol.


37 posted on 01/07/2013 5:50:03 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: napscoordinator
napscoordinator wrote:

"Obama is playing the Republicans big time."

I agree. This is a cynical ploy to have a Republican front and center to get beat on and flogged in the public square for all to see.

Obama has no illusion that Hagel will be confirmed. It's all show.

38 posted on 01/07/2013 5:51:35 AM PST by Magnatron
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To: Typical_Whitey

How many Senate votes does it take for confirmation?


39 posted on 01/07/2013 5:53:13 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: napscoordinator

Maybe causing the low-information voter to wonder what the heck is going on is exactly what we need.


40 posted on 01/07/2013 5:57:37 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: SeekAndFind; Jewbacca; Eleutheria5; justiceseeker93; Hildy
We have quite a few conservative Jewish Freepers. I’m pinging this to four I can think of just off the top of my head, but I am sure these four know many others.

Is there a Jewish FR ping list we could use to quickly gather as many details as possible about the problems with this Senate nomination?

I simply don’t have many details on this man’s history of opposition to Israel and I think our Jewish Freeper community might be very good at helping get facts and organize opposition.

41 posted on 01/07/2013 6:41:55 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: Typical_Whitey

Bingo. The rats want a republican to pin all their anti-Israel evil onto. I suspect the miserable gop will let them have it their way.

Very predictable.


42 posted on 01/07/2013 6:55:53 AM PST by soycd
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To: SeekAndFind
Just more getting even and revenge from the White Hut. Get used to it we are in for another 48 months of this crap unless the GOP led House can muster up enough support to bring up Articles of Impeachment - that would put the WH on the defensive and shut down some of his “getting even” and “destruction of the GOP”. I know there isn't a chance in hell of removing him with a Reid Senate.
43 posted on 01/07/2013 7:00:21 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: butterdezillion
How many Senate votes does it take for confirmation?

With McLame's gang of 14 gone now, the nominee can be filibustered - but don't count on the GOP doing anything that radical !!! Zero won the election ya know, and he should get his way. /s
44 posted on 01/07/2013 7:17:19 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Cheerio

But he has no legally-established birth facts (according to a certified verification from HI state registrar Alvin Onaka; see Larry Klayman’s letter to DNC Counsel Bob Bauer, at http://butterdezillion.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/complete-klayman-letter-to-bauer.pdf ) and can never have qualified as required by the 20th Amendment - therefore the 20th Amendment requires that Joe Biden “act as President”, including nominating a cabinet, etc.

Constitutionally-abiding Senators cannot vote for ANY of Obama’s nominees. And they would do very, very well to filibuster so that the government comes to a complete halt until this issue is addressed.

If the judiciary says that members of Congress cannot sue regarding legislative issues, then the judiciary gives no way for Obama’s birth facts to be determined, and the “political issue” that the judiciary keeps calling this stuff really needs to BECOME a “political issue”. And it is the judiciary which has said it has to be done this way - the judiciary which says that all Congress can do to protect the Constitution is to grind to a political halt. So teh judiciary takes the blame for this, for calling this a “political issue”.

Any Senator who really intends to keep their oath to protect and defend the US Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic needs to filibuster until Joe Biden nominates a Cabinet, as required by the 20th Amendment. That is the “political remedy” that the judiciary allows the legislative branch to do. The legislative branch is claimed to have no standing to file a lawsuit, and Hawaii statute does not allow birth facts to be determined without a lawsuit.

They want this battle, I say let’s let them have it...

It only takes one Senator to filibuster?


45 posted on 01/07/2013 8:01:48 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: napscoordinator
That's easy to fight as long as the GOP strongly opposes Hagel. It is clear to see that Obama is trying to use RINO scum like Hagel to gut our military. In that way, he can say it was led by a Republican (albeit a Quisling POS - which succinctly describes Hagel).
46 posted on 01/07/2013 9:15:47 AM PST by ohioman
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