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Chuck Hagel: Unprincipled Flip-Flopper or Serial Liar?
Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 5, 2013 | Ari Lieberman

Posted on 02/05/2013 4:47:20 PM PST by SJackson

In 1998, Chuck Hagel attempted to block the appointment of James Hormel as ambassador to Luxemburg on the grounds that Hormel was “openly and aggressively gay.” Fourteen years later, on the heels of his own political appointment as Department of Defense (DOD) chief, Hagel issued an apology to Hormel calling his remarks “insensitive” and not reflective of his current views on LGBT issues. Of course the timing of Hagel’s “apology” was impeccable. One could even say expedient and likely done not on his own initiative but at the behest of the White House. But Hagel’s sudden reversal on gay issues is but one of a number of recent Hagel retractions.

At his recent confirmation hearings, Hagel reversed himself on nearly every past position he had so staunchly held. On nuclear weapons, Hagel had co-authored an article where he advocated unilateral reduction in ground-based ICBMs and the elimination of tactical nuclear weapons. Under intense questing from Senator Deb Fischer, Hagel performed an about-face and maintained that he only favored bilateral reductions. This current Hagel position is diametrically opposed to positions that Hagel had previously held and committed himself to in past articles.

On Iran, Hagel is on record as stating that the military option is not a “viable, feasible or responsible option.” However, under questioning from Committee member Kelly Ayotte, Hagel again reversed himself, claiming that what he meant to say was that the military option was not the “preferable option.” The two positions are clearly incongruent and represent diametrically opposed viewpoints, but like a chameleon that changes colors in reaction to external stimuli, Hagel alters and modifies his positions to whatever he thinks his target audience wants to hear.

Consider his earlier positions on Iranian sanctions. His senate record reflects that he opposed them but at the hearings, he voiced support for them. Hagel tried to explain the apparent inconsistency by claiming that he had only opposed unilateral sanctions because he thought that these were ineffective and only served to isolate the United States. At the hearings, he voiced his support for all sanctions without regard for their unilateral or multilateral nature representing yet another about-face.

But as Senator Lindsey Graham so adeptly pointed out, Hagel, the supposed champion of multilateralism, refused to act in that spirit when it came to dealing with Iran’s proxy militia, Hezbollah. In 2006, eighty-eight senators signed a letter addressed to the EU asking it to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization. This multilateral approach to dealing with international terror was rejected by Hagel, who was one of only twelve senators who refused to sign the letter. Apparently, Hagel champions the multilateral approach when it suits his fringe political views like buttressing the Islamic Republic, but disfavors this approach when Israel is the ancillary beneficiary.

On Hagel’s now infamous “Jewish Lobby” remark whereby he accused pro-Israel groups of “intimidating” Congress into doing “dumb things,” Hagel acknowledged that he should not have used the term “Jewish Lobby.” Under further questioning, he stated that “I should have used ‘influence’” rather than “intimidation” and when stymied by his inability to name a single representative or policy decision influenced by pro-Israel lobbying efforts, Hagel retracted the unsubstantiated comment in its entirety.

When asked by Senator Mike Lee about a 2003 remark in which he stated that Israel was keeping the Palestinians “caged up like animals,” Hagel offered further retraction and stated, “If I had the opportunity to edit that, like many things I’ve said, I would like to go back and change the words and meaning.” He added, “I regret using those choice of words.”

Though the hearings portrayed a man who appeared to be dimwitted and buffoonish, Hagel is no buffoon. He is a man who chooses his words carefully and his record in the Senate as well as his post-Senate years portray an individual whose policies and views are anything but inconsistent. On Iran, Israel, nuclear disarmament and a host of other issues concerning national security, Hagel has consistently been on the wrong side of the fence and on the marginal fringes of mainstream political discourse. Hagel’s recent plethora of recantations suggests a man weak in principle, ethics and morals. Alternatively, they are indicative of a nefarious, serial liar willing to say or do anything to attain his political or personal objective. Either way, the nation can ill afford to entrust such a personality with our national defense and the Senate should reject his nomination without reservation or equivocation.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hagel

1 posted on 02/05/2013 4:47:25 PM PST by SJackson
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One can be a flip flopper and a serial liar, there's not choice to be made. He's a qualifed yes man, and no different that the next apointment in the unlikely event he's not confirmed.

2 posted on 02/05/2013 4:51:47 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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One can be a flip flopper and a serial liar, there's not choice to be made. He's a qualifed yes man, and no different that the next apointment in the unlikely event he's not confirmed.

3 posted on 02/05/2013 4:51:57 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SJackson

My vote says “serial liar”, just like obama and the rest of his administration.


4 posted on 02/05/2013 4:52:41 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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One can be a flip flopper and a serial liar, there's not choice to be made. He's a qualifed yes man, and no different that the next apointment in the unlikely event he's not confirmed.

5 posted on 02/05/2013 4:53:05 PM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do !)
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To: SJackson

Both.


6 posted on 02/05/2013 4:54:03 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SJackson

serial liar fits more with this administration


7 posted on 02/05/2013 5:01:41 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SJackson

He’s just not a polished liar like the rest of the hussein regime (well, except for idiot Joe).


8 posted on 02/05/2013 5:02:42 PM PST by crosshairs (All we are saying, is give a high cap piece a chance.)
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To: Doogle

I prefer incompetent.

The man is simply, grossly incompetent. He is loose from his original controllers and the new ones don’t have full control yet


9 posted on 02/05/2013 5:04:18 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: SJackson
"Unprincipled Flip-Flopper or Serial Liar?"

Uhhh . . . Yes?

10 posted on 02/05/2013 5:07:26 PM PST by YHAOS
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To: SJackson

“Chuck Hagel: Unprincipled Flip-Flopper or Serial Liar?”

Either or both. That’s why he’s being considered for the job. He’s a perfect fit.


11 posted on 02/05/2013 5:14:06 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SJackson

Chuck Hagel: Unprincipled Flip-Flopper or Serial Liar?

YES!


12 posted on 02/05/2013 5:19:54 PM PST by jch10 (Hey GOP! Only Conservatives get my vote.)
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To: bert; SJackson
The man is simply, grossly incompetent.

Yes he is!

Sadly, he was my senator.

Way back early in the Iraq war, there was an issue concerning my son's unit who were fighting there.

I sent an E-mail to his office....No response.

I sent a "snail-mail" letter to his office....No response.

I even made a phone call to his office and got the answering machine. Left a message, and you guessed it.... No response.

I'm sorry my state is responsible for this creep being a former "senator".

13 posted on 02/05/2013 5:27:32 PM PST by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: SJackson

Unprincipled, flip-flopping, serial liar.


14 posted on 02/05/2013 5:27:58 PM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: SJackson

False dichotomy.


15 posted on 02/05/2013 5:33:01 PM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: SJackson

I vote “arrogant dumbass”.


16 posted on 02/05/2013 7:22:51 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: SJackson

I can get a bunch of my friends and we can sure have a direct talk with Iran....

http://www.rescueattempt.com


17 posted on 02/05/2013 7:27:55 PM PST by RaceBannon (When Chuck Norris goes to bed, he checks under it for Clint Eastwood!)
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To: SJackson
"Chuck Hagel: Unprincipled Flip-Flopper or Serial Liar?"

That must be a rhetorical question; after all he WAS a US Senator, right?

18 posted on 02/05/2013 9:47:56 PM PST by Baynative (I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.)
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To: SJackson

“Chuck Hagel: Unprincipled Flip-Flopper or Serial Liar?” why choose one or the other how about both?


19 posted on 02/06/2013 5:13:01 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: SJackson; All
Far worse than 'unprincipled'; far worse than just 'serial liar' . . .many links per Hagel/Soros 'et al' as in Soros, Inc and Podesta Group; along with Obama,Inc. 'ad nauseum'. Here is one:

hagel; idiotic choice or tactical maneuver

http://www.voicesempower.com/chuck-hagel-an-idiotic-choice-no-a-tactical-maneuver/

Guess 'evil' needs no sleep. Hard to fathom how Soros; even with 'worker bees'; accomplishes 'so much' in the name of communism, on a daily basis. Only have to look at his global efforts; all manifesting here; of course; and his hand;as elsewhere; right in the middle of our public Education by way of Common Core and Cscope. Communism on the march; Soros. . .with help from friends; but still; the big guy; the first wizard; directing so much of it.

20 posted on 02/06/2013 7:40:57 AM PST by cricket (Push Back Lib Agenda's; Lib propaganda; Lib/Marxist PC; Lib Leaderhship)
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