Skip to comments.Secret Donors Finance Fight Against Hagel
Posted on 01/27/2013 12:38:05 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
A brand new conservative group calling itself Americans for a Strong Defense and financed by anonymous donors is running advertisements urging Democratic senators in five states to vote against Chuck Hagel, President Obamas nominee to be secretary of defense, saying he would make the United States a weaker country.
Another freshly minted and anonymously backed organization, Use Your Mandate, which presents itself as a liberal gay rights group but purchases its television time through a prominent Republican firm, is attacking Mr. Hagel as anti-Gay, anti-woman and anti-Israel in ads and mailers.
Those groups are joining at least five others that are organizing to stop Mr. Hagels confirmation, a goal even they acknowledge appears to be increasingly challenging. But the effort comes with a built-in consolation prize should it fail: depleting some of Mr. Obamas political capital as he embarks on a new term with fresh momentum. . .
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The "media campaign" is composed of paid advertising because that is too often the only medium conservatives have. Obama and the Democrats can run a 24/7 "media campaign" through the mainstream media without spending a dime.
Hagel served as the chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and wrote the legislation that authorized it.
In December, the Atlantic Council chaired by Hagel issued a report stating that, U.S. strategy to 2030 must deepen cooperation with China as the most crucial single factor that will shape the international system and stated that U.S. strategy will need to accommodate legitimate, essential Chinese interests.
In 2005, Hagel authored an editorial urging against any aggressive US measures to deal with the trade imbalance. Hagel has also been on record as warning the United States against supporting Taiwan for fear of being dragged into a war with China.
The cornerstone of our approach to policy toward China and Taiwan has been the so-called one China policy: There is but one China; Taiwan is part of China and the question of Taiwans future must be settled peacefully, he said on the Senate floor.
In 1998, Hagel aggressively pushed for granting Most Favored Nation status to China. In December 2001, he warned strongly against offending China.
Now, do we want to deliberately offend China or start China or force China or induce China into an arms race? Of course not. China will have to do what it believes is the best in their own self-interest.
In 1999, in response to Chinese theft of American nuclear secrets, Hagel launched into yet more apologetics for the Peoples Republic of China.
Hagel / Obama / Hillary etc = Benedict Arnolds
There was someone on Fox today talking about the best and worst people in Congress to work for. Hagel was one of the worst two Senators—very high turnover of staff. If he can’t run a staff of 50 or whatever, how is he going to do a good job running a huge bureaucracy?