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Containing Hagel - Tehran is pleased that we arenít. (Mark Steyn)
National Review Online ^ | February 1, 2013 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 02/01/2013 10:33:08 PM PST by neverdem

You don’t have to be that good to fend off a committee of showboating senatorial blowhards. Hillary Clinton demonstrated that a week or so back when she unleashed what’s apparently the last word in withering putdowns: What difference does it make?

--snip--

Really? So what’s the job for then? Just showing up at the office and the occasional black-tie NATO banquet? Most misspeakers loose off one round and then have to reload, but Chuck Hagel is a big scary “military-style assault weapon” of a misspeaker, effortlessly peppering the Senate wainscoting for hours on end. Late in the day, after five o’clock, he pronounced definitively: “It doesn’t matter what I think.”

“It does matter what you think,” insisted New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte....

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hagel; hagelthehorrible; iran; marksteyn; steyn

1 posted on 02/01/2013 10:33:13 PM PST by neverdem
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To: JLS

Ping


2 posted on 02/01/2013 10:35:05 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping neverdem.


3 posted on 02/01/2013 11:26:15 PM PST by JLS
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Mark Steyn ping.

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Thanks for the ping neverdem.


4 posted on 02/01/2013 11:26:15 PM PST by JLS
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

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Thanks for the ping neverdem.


5 posted on 02/01/2013 11:26:15 PM PST by JLS
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To: neverdem

A genius and a national treasure.

Steyn. Not Hagel.


6 posted on 02/02/2013 12:19:36 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: neverdem

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Who hates Israel most of all?

You hate Israel, Barack, that is true,
But Hagel hates them more than you.


7 posted on 02/02/2013 5:36:35 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: neverdem

Mirror, mirror, on the wall
Who hates Israel most of all?

You hate Israel, Barack, that is true,
But Hagel hates them more than you.


8 posted on 02/02/2013 5:36:35 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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“I don’t understand Iranian politics,” he announced in perhaps his least misspoken statement of the day. But the Iranians understand ours, which is why, in an amusing touch, the foreign ministry in Tehran has enthusiastically endorsed Hagel.

LOL!

9 posted on 02/02/2013 5:39:26 AM PST by Tax-chick (If you can't say anything nice, have some more wine.)
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To: neverdem

Love Steyn! “Prevention/containment - what difference does it make?” Classic! If only the Left had the brains and wit to understand when they are being shown as the seditious fools they are.


10 posted on 02/02/2013 5:47:33 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: neverdem
At times it is hard to really tell whether this Administration is being malignant, criminal, or simply woefully incompetent. In most cases, it is a combination of "all of the above". The only things they seem to be good at are burning up the Consitution, throwing America over the cliff, and making the GOP look like monkeys.

Talk about a "soft" target! For Steyn it is a breeze. For the hapless GOP, it is a Bridge Too Far.

11 posted on 02/02/2013 6:39:44 AM PST by Gritty (The purpose of the Constitution is to insulate personal freedom from the lust for power-A.Napolitano)
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To: neverdem

I have given up on contacting elected officials, but I will make an exception for this coming vote on Hagel. I am going to phone every Republican Senator to say that a vote for Hagel is a vote against our country’s reputation. It is an insult to every previous holder of that office, and to every person now serving in our armed forces. He is so NOT qualified. It will be a vote that said Senator will never live down.

“What difference does it make!”

The SecDef surely made a difference when Don Rumsfeld held the office. The “news reporters” thought he was Darth Vader.

So now it doesn’t matter? Hagel is just a figurehead? Sickening!


12 posted on 02/02/2013 7:51:31 AM PST by maica (Welcome to post-rational America.)
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To: neverdem

As always with Steyn, I laugh while I cry.


13 posted on 02/02/2013 1:53:37 PM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: neverdem

The guy was a moron in the Senate whose claim to fame was that he was a “maverick” like John McCain. Now there’s a great comparison. Nothing like proving how dumb you are as opening your mouth only to insert your feet.

Like many VietNam era vets he came home anti-war and anti-defense establishment. That philosophy is a legitimate viewpoint perhaps for an elected Senator, but not very useful for a CEO of the Defense Department.


14 posted on 02/02/2013 2:25:40 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: JLS

Thanks for the ping.


15 posted on 02/03/2013 11:39:28 AM PST by GOPJ ( Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution. Vladimir Nabokov)
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To: JLS
In an exquisite touch, responding to reports that Hagel was “ill-prepared,” someone in the White House leaked that he had been thoroughly “coached.”

OMG - that's how he is WITH coaching?

16 posted on 02/04/2013 12:40:24 PM PST by GOPJ ( Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution. Vladimir Nabokov)
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