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Chuck Hagel Is a Choice To Irritate the GOP
Townhaill.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders

Posted on 01/08/2013 8:09:51 AM PST by Kaslin

"Never make an enemy by accident," housemaid Anna Bates warned her husband in the third season premiere of "Downton Abbey" Sunday night. That's what the housemaid's mother always told her.

If his mother ever gave him the same advice, former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel -- now President Barack Obama's pick to serve as secretary of defense -- seems to have ignored it.

Biographically, the former U.S. senator from Nebraska and decorated Vietnam War hero makes a great choice. As the president noted, "he'd be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense, one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war and the first Vietnam veteran to lead the department."

But temperamentally, not so much. Though Obama lauded Hagel for representing "the bipartisan tradition we need more of in Washington," I think that what the president really meant is that Hagel is his favorite kind of Republican, the self-loathing kind.

Make that: the kind whom Democrats like because Republicans do not.

Hagel alienated some on the right when he turned against the Iraq War, for which he had voted in 2002. A lot of people changed their minds about that war, but Hagel went so far as to say in 2007 that "of course" the Iraq War was about oil.

Hagel angered folks from both parties when he said during a 2006 interview, "The Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here."

The Jewish lobby? Not the Israeli lobby? That's why Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told CNN on Sunday that the Hagel pick was an "in-your-face nomination."

Hagel's opposition to sanctions against Iran led Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, to warn that "nominating a person who is clearly soft on Iran would send exactly the wrong message to Tehran."

The Washington Post, which endorsed Obama in 2012, editorialized that Hagel is the wrong choice because his "stated positions on critical issues, ranging from defense spending to Iran, fall well to the left" of the president's first-term policies.

Some Democrats didn't like the fact that Hagel opposed James Hormel's appointment as ambassador to Luxembourg in 1998 on the grounds that Hormel was "openly, aggressively gay." Last month, Hagel apologized for that remark. The apology did not mollify Barney Frank, an openly gay former member of Congress. Frank called Hagel "aggressively bigoted" last week.

On Monday, as he was angling to be the interim appointee to replace Sen. John Kerry when Kerry becomes secretary of state, Frank dialed back his opposition. It seems that "aggressively bigoted" talk is OK when it comes with someone who infuriates the right. "With the attack coming out of the right, I hope he gets confirmed," Frank told The Boston Globe.

In Obama's world, the most important qualification for secretary of defense might well be: bugging Republicans.

With the "fiscal cliff" fight over, you would think Obama would want to save his fire for the looming battle over the debt ceiling. To the contrary, in picking Hagel, Obama has shown that he prefers to throw lighted matches at the right.

The president has chosen to make more enemies, and it's no accident.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: barackobama; chuckhagel; departmentofdefense

1 posted on 01/08/2013 8:09:55 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

When will this g#* damn temper tantrum end?

THIS is leadership?


2 posted on 01/08/2013 8:14:27 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Kaslin

Yes but will those neo-RINOs in the Senate stop him or is this just talk?


3 posted on 01/08/2013 8:17:23 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NOT a principle!)
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To: Kaslin

Hagel is also a Progressive and a big believer in a National ID card system.
If he gets appointed, look for the Defense Department to Implement a very nosy system for all those in Service, using the VA or working for or with the Military.


4 posted on 01/08/2013 8:29:10 AM PST by PizzaDriver ( on)
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To: Kaslin

This may be cold comfort, but all we need to do is pick up some seats in 2014 and hold the House. And the Party not in control of the White House usually does well. After the 2014 election Obama is a total lame duck — and he knows it — which is why he’s going gangbusters right now.


5 posted on 01/08/2013 8:30:48 AM PST by Obadiah (It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.)
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To: sickoflibs

Barney Frank and Lindsey Graham will never forgive Hagel for his “slurs” against homoseexuals.


6 posted on 01/08/2013 8:32:54 AM PST by Tau Food (U)
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To: Kaslin

Everything Obama does and says is calculated to infuriate, divide and dishearten the opposition. He is the most ideologically and personally partisan President America has ever had. Period.


7 posted on 01/08/2013 8:33:30 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: SMARTY

“When will this g#* damn temper tantrum end?”

The best treatment for a child having a tantrum? Say “no” and then ignore. Don’t scold. Just say “no” on Hagel and then say “no” on raising more taxes in 2 months. Resume conversation when the tantrum has ended.


8 posted on 01/08/2013 8:34:24 AM PST by BlueStateRightist (Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: Kaslin

Could have been much worse. Complaining about Hagel is nitpicking, but that is what the GOP would rather do than say NO TO ANOTHER DEBT CEILING HIKE.


9 posted on 01/08/2013 8:34:56 AM PST by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Kaslin

Hagel is a sacrificial annode to conceal the other doofus obama nominees.


10 posted on 01/08/2013 8:41:13 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Kaslin
Chuck Hagel the choice to keep the Media/American Public distracted while Obama rams his Gun control through.
11 posted on 01/08/2013 8:41:52 AM PST by Falcon4.0
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To: Tau Food
RE :”Barney Frank and Lindsey Graham will never forgive Hagel for his “slurs” against homoseexuals.”

Fwank has, he has come out now and said he will support him simply because Senate Rs are opposing him, although Franks not in the Senate and cant vote on it.

This one I am just watching as entertainment as I dont like McCain or Graham either.

12 posted on 01/08/2013 8:45:34 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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To: Kaslin

Could have been much worse. Complaining about Hagel is nitpicking, but that is what the GOP would rather do than say NO TO ANOTHER DEBT CEILING HIKE.


13 posted on 01/08/2013 8:46:48 AM PST by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Kaslin

Remember the first 4 years when Zer0 just kept going after more and more and more - to the point people got burned-out fighting all of it. These nominations, amnesty, gun control, more fiscal cliffing soon, etc.......Watch the other hand while you’re slapping this one away.


14 posted on 01/08/2013 8:55:47 AM PST by mykroar ("I'm afraid I can't use a mule. I have several hundred up on Capitol Hill." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Falcon4.0

Ta-Da. Someone gets it.

If we stretch out the issues on the SecDef and CIA director, the rest of the agenda in Congress then gets stalled as we get into the debt ceiling talks.


15 posted on 01/08/2013 9:00:12 AM PST by NVDave
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To: SMARTY

Bronco Bama was never about leadership. He has ALWAYS been part of the demolition crew sent in to take down America, and since being on the outside had not been particularly successful in the past, the job is now being done from within.

The Soviets are no longer a credible enemy for this take-down, but the terroristic Islamic jihadists are. What better way to subvert the American ideal, than to send in a sympathizer, who will deny any serious attempts to squelch the growing power of the worldwide Islamic Caliphate, and at the same time, so seriously sap and erode the ability of the US military to suppress the spread of this tyranny?

It is not in the best interests of anybody, anywhere, to support tyranny, in any form. But for a short-term deal, supporting the growth and spread of tyranny is highly rewarding for a very few. The physical and psychological rush of holding power is an overpowering allurement, almost an aphrodisiac, and tends to destroy good and rational judgment.

The American ideal of freedom and justice for all was not an idle wish, it came into being for the very pragmatic reason, in that the greatest number of people are directly benefited. For those who were somehow left out of the general good, the means to reach out and assist them was made far more abundantly available, through funding for charitable works as a part of the surplus generated by the exercise of this freedom and justice.

Freedom and justice are inextricably bound up with capitalism, the economic engine based on taking what was relatively useless (a limb of a tree fallen to the ground) and turning it into a useful tool that could grub out a hole in the ground, for a creature which had pitifully poor digging claws, so that a shelter may be made. From this shelter, it became possible to venture out daily, and acquire the basic needs of life (food, water, a mate, and items to provide greater comfort), sometimes in such quantity, that by exchanging by barter with another such poor relatively defenseless creature, both could come into possession of items that provided a mutual benefit.

Because this creature was unusally inquisitive, the discovery of fire, and the very transformative effects of control of fire, became a lever to really very much greater accomplishment and accumulations of food, water, mates and items of comfort. In a word, prospering and living well.

Reward piled upon reward managed to awaken a kind of hunger, and the accumulations continued to pile up, becoming the first store of capital goods, which were turned into still more goods, benefiting all the individuals in this particular group, and also allowing specialization into particular trades within that community. Thus, one who had a lot of some goods could exchange with another who had a need for these goods, and vice versa.

It took a few thousand years, and the busting of a few heads along the way, but the concept of capitalism, and of trading those things in surplus for the the things one had need of, was well founded and accepted as the most efficient way to both create and distribute wealth.

But there have always been predator types in any community, who through avarice or desire to exercise inordinate power over the acts of others, began to seize the produced goods, and distribute them in such manner that ever greater power accrued to the predator, in an exercise of capricious tyranny.

Eventually these predator types are struck down, and the more practical application of the principles of capitalism are reasserted, simply because it works better than the other way.

And the early days of the republic known as “The United States of America”, this was raised to one of the highest levels the world has ever known, making that republic the major source and inspiration for a level of living unrivalled in world history.

And now they want to kick this all to pieces? For what?


16 posted on 01/08/2013 9:02:04 AM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: sickoflibs

Let the vote proceed. The Jewish democrats need to answer for their vote for barry. Paging Chuckie Schumer!


17 posted on 01/08/2013 9:07:17 AM PST by italianquaker
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To: Kaslin

This is a diversion to detract from confiscating our guns and the ongoing spending addiction.


18 posted on 01/08/2013 9:09:37 AM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire.)
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To: Falcon4.0
Yep....... you are soooo correct. The Won and his evil “don't let a crisis go to waste” bunch including Valerie Jarrett, Axelrod and all the other zippy buddies are busy plotting and planning ways to pass their socialist agenda, such as more funding for all his pet projects, wind energy, solar, hybrid cars, banking, planned parenthood and on and on and on. Gun control is now behind the scenes.

Can anyone see the big picture here? The left keeps 20 balls bouncing all at once, with the backing of the corrupt fake media and watches as the “right” fails to keep up. My 2 cents.

Gun control. Read history folks - this is how dictators begin - by disarming the public. Crooks do NOT follow laws. Gun Free Zones are a total joke. Don't put MY grandchildren in a gun free zone. It's like a HUGE billboard inviting the bad people! BTW, what ever happened to Ft. Hood. Hhhhmmmmm...... workplace violence and the GOP says nothing. Crisis for the left has NOT gone to waste.

19 posted on 01/08/2013 9:10:38 AM PST by WaterWeWaitinFor (This great nation has chosen socialism over freedom and our constitution. How sad.)
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To: alloysteel

Freedom and justice are inextricably bound up with capitalism”

Amen.


20 posted on 01/08/2013 9:14:46 AM PST by WaterWeWaitinFor (This great nation has chosen socialism over freedom and our constitution. How sad.)
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To: Kaslin

Hussein is all about “in your face”. He’s a petty, vindictive, hateful, thug that hates EVERYTHING this country once represented.


21 posted on 01/08/2013 9:41:00 AM PST by crosshairs (They are only assault weapons in the hands of tyrannical governments and criminals. Ban both.)
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To: Kaslin

All of this “GOP hates Hagel” bit is to appease Lefties so that they kvetch less about Hagel being on Chevron’s Board of Directors (pro-fracking).


22 posted on 01/08/2013 9:44:34 AM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Kaslin

Everything this somebitch does is an “in your face” move. His primary source of cardio excercise is running vicory laps and dancing on graves.


23 posted on 01/08/2013 10:03:48 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Kaslin
Just one report I've read on Hagel has mentioned a well concealed fact...

“Republican” Hagel endorsed Obama in 2008 and 2012.

24 posted on 01/08/2013 12:21:20 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: Kaslin

Already our Ted Cruz has said “No” to Hagel, but will he stand alone? If not Hagel, the second choice will just be another Hagel with another name.


25 posted on 01/08/2013 12:26:25 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: alloysteel
Re: “A standard of living unrivaled in world history.”

Few people realize that America had the highest standard of living in the world beginning about 1750.

The opportunity for material success attracted at least as many people as the opportunity for personal freedom.

26 posted on 01/08/2013 12:35:55 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

That should be enough to vote against him


27 posted on 01/08/2013 1:05:48 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: zeestephen
Few people realize that America had the highest standard of living in the world beginning about 1750.

I see you've been reading Richard Hofstadter. As he noted in America at 1750 (published posthumously),

An Englishman who traveled in America in the opening years of the nineteenth century noticed "many families, particularly in Pennsylvania, of great respectability both in our society and amongst others, who had themselves come over to this country as redemptioners [partial indentees], or were children of such."

What was true of the Pennsylvania interior in the Federal period had been true across the mountains in the Delaware and Susquehanna valleys 40 years earlier.

In the 17th and 18th centuries they mostly came for religious freedom, and to get out from under landlords and squirearchs and other squeezemeisters, and acquire real property of their own.

28 posted on 01/08/2013 9:07:07 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus
Hofstadter...

That's a name I haven't thought about in 40 years.

Never read “1750,” but I did read “The American Political Tradition” for a history class.

I also read “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” after college, but I can't recall a single word of the book.

I read through the Wiki biography.

Seems that Hofstadter started out as a Communist, then became center-left after enjoying considerable success as an author and speaker.

After the student riots at Columbia, he became something of a Neo-Con, which appears to be the time frame in which he wrote “1750.”

29 posted on 01/09/2013 1:23:21 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen
After the student riots at Columbia, he became something of a Neo-Con, which appears to be the time frame in which he wrote “1750.”

Getting a front-row view of Moscow's little chickensh*ts at work fomenting riot and rebellion tends to have that effect on some people. Roger Rosenblatt, longtime talking head on PBS's McNeil-Lehrer Newshour 15 years ago, was a Harvard faculty prof in 1969 when the Communists -- oh, I'm sorry, I meant "progressives" </smoking sarc> -- instigated the student occupation of the admin building there.

The whole idea was to provoke a police riot like Chicago's the year before, which would yield good "information operation" materials </off al-Q'aedaspeak> for the Commie-symp media (remember Rather's joke about CBS, that rumors of a sale couldn't fly because the KGB would never sell?), and radicalize the chumps who'd bitten on the Communists' prolefeed and exposed themselves to police action by digging in and making a show of longterm occupation.

Rosenblatt said he was walking past the back of the building when he saw all these "students" bailing out of the back windows and running away, just as the police, batons rising and falling on the fellow-travelers, waded in the front entrance.

Rosenblatt asked one of the fleeing ratweasels why they were running away and abandoning their followers. One of them replied, "the leadership must always preserve itself" -- a statement right out of the mouth of Orwell's big pig, Napoleon, in Animal Farm.

30 posted on 01/09/2013 11:45:15 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: lentulusgracchus

Not sure what’s more shocking...

Dan Rather telling a self-deprecating joke.

Or, Dan Rather telling a really, really funny self-deprecating joke.


31 posted on 01/10/2013 12:13:05 AM PST by zeestephen
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