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Vets groupsí praise for Hagel adds pressure on GOP
Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2013 5:53 PM EST | Donna Cassata

Posted on 02/06/2013 6:58:52 PM PST by Olog-hai

Countering the Republican-led opposition to President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary is a less flashy but powerful constituency: military veterans.

Veterans’ organizations have praised Chuck Hagel, a twice-wounded combat veteran of Vietnam and deputy administrator in President Ronald Reagan’s Veterans Administration.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars has called him uniquely qualified to become Pentagon chief. The Military Officers Association of America said his experience gives him “a range of perspectives.” The American Legion said he was a longtime advocate for veterans. …

VoteVets, a left-leaning veterans group, has campaigned for Hagel through social media, old-fashioned letters to editors and 18,000 emails from some 9,000 people to all the members of the Senate. …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 113th; chuckhagel; hagelsecdef; hearings; neonazism; veterans; vfw; votevets; waronterror
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To: montanajoe

If the R’s had the stones to do anything to oppose Obama they would win in a landslide. Think William Wallace in “Braveheart” - as opposed to the clan leaders who just wanted to appear to make a stand so they could negotiate more land and titles for themselves. They would win in a landslide if the true Americans believed they would actually fight for us.

That is, if we had honest elections.

But that’s where people like Hagel enter in. If we keep the quid pro quo, where the election is up for the highest bidder, R’s will NEVER win; our elections will always be for sale to the communists and Islamists, because they’ve got the money. The R’s and all true Americans just need to suck it up and realize that.


21 posted on 02/07/2013 7:29:51 PM PST by butterdezillion
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To: butterdezillion
I agree with your sentiments entirely.

Hagel is the best we will get out of this President.

I and dont think you see a better person that Obana will nominate.

Opposing Obama and gertting an even worse Defense Secretary is not an option in my view. The troops deserve the best they can get and given this president it is Hagel....

22 posted on 02/07/2013 8:41:43 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

Or we could give them nobody, unless and until they choose somebody who hasn’t been bought out by foreign interests.

Either we mean business in protecting our troops, or we don’t.

But I think it was revealed a long time ago that we don’t give a rip for our troops, when we let a decorated military surgeon go to jail and lose his livelihood because the military would not verify whether the combat orders he received were lawful. We now know they weren’t, because only Joe Biden can “act as President” according to the 20th Amendment, given that Obama has no legally-established birth facts (according to the HI state registrar). We don’t even know how old Obama is; there’s no legally-valid record which tells us that.

Lt. Col Lakin cared whether his combat orders were lawful. Nobody else within the military or the civilian hierarchy cared one bit whether our officers are being forced to violate their oath to protect and defend the US Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.

At this point I think the whole establishment has sold our military down the river. I suppose a person could say the military guys have already been screwed so many times, what’s one more time.... but I am disgusted with the whole thing. They deserve MUCH, MUCH better than this. And the only way it’s ever going to get better is if somebody stands up and says “Never again!”


23 posted on 02/08/2013 12:29:41 PM PST by butterdezillion
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To: butterdezillion
Again I agree with you (with the exception of Larkin)

I know that our fine troops will carry on and carry this nation on their backs as they always have in spite of the politicians in Washington.

Its simply not possible to give them nobody for four years. We are dealing with imcompentent self interested politicians who's only interest is reelection..the country can be dammed..

I trust that a grunt and combat veteran will do the right thing for our troops far more than anybody Obama will nominate to replace him.....

I've noticed Obama always puts his best (as far as Conservatives may view it in retrospect) option out first then he plays politics with the GOP to get something/someone far more favorable to the left the second or third time around.

Obama is the POTUS for four more years. He won we (referring to Conservatives) lost.

Where were the folks opposing Kerry, no where to be found.. 97-3 give me a break...

The opposition to Hagel is simply the GOPe telling Conservatives how they want them to feel. They have decided this the the insiders political game of the month to sound like they are the big guys on campus and they are taking Conservatives on a ride yet again..

Cut through the political crap and see the reality here..as far as Obama is concerned Hagel is dispensable. His choice is someone who would never stand a chance of being confirmed the first go round. Hagel is there to plow the way for the real nominee.

You want to put a a real obstacle in O’s way then stop opposing Hagel. He's the best Conservatives can expect..

24 posted on 02/08/2013 3:23:10 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

If Hagel took foreign money to keep a foreign enemy combatant in our White House, there is no way in heck that I would EVER vote to approve him.

If Benedict Arnold is the best that Obama can come up with, then I’d take him on in his game of “chicken” and do even more - I’d sue to have Joe Biden named as the person who can “act as President”, since Obama has “failed to qualify”. There’s no way he can qualify without a legally-established birth date, birth place, or parents. Obama is not qualified to “act as President” according to the 20th Amendment, and that means he can’t nominate ANYBODY for SecDef - or anything else.


25 posted on 02/08/2013 4:53:47 PM PST by butterdezillion
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To: butterdezillion
Your point of view is not shared by the majority....

My point of view is not shared by the majority either

The way forward, I think, is to fill the cracks is the majority view with “ideas.” The GOP who claim to speak for Conservatives have replaced Ideas with politics.

Your issue is not with Hagel its with the GOP, again I refer you to the 97-3 vote for Kerry..

In a perfect world Hagel would not be my choice. In the inperfect world we live in he is the best choice...

26 posted on 02/08/2013 10:08:44 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

IOW, we may as well give up on Congress. I get it.

I never said that anybody would have the balls to do what is needed. This country will be lost, and its death will be on the hands of the R Congress-critters.

What they needed to do was recognize that we have a foreign enemy combatant occupying our White House who is filling the entire government with lawless puppets who will give him cover while he works with his own communist-Islamist masters to destroy the US and Israel and implement worldwide sharia. That’s the “Muslim agenda” that Obama told the Egyptian ambassador in January of 2010 that he would do once he got Obamacare passed in the US. Unlike the promises he made to his dim-witted supporters in the US, he has KEPT that promise because he knows who got him into office - and it wasn’t his dimwitted supporters in the US. It was the world communist-Islamist alliance - the same people who chimed in right after the Sept 2008 run on the bank and said that “since capitalism has failed”, the world should try communism (Chavez and CAstro) or Islamic finance (Ahmadinejad and Zawahiri). Now Zawahiri’s brother has been released from Egyptian prison by the Muslim Brotherhood Morsi, who Obama helped install (by calling for Mubarak’s ousting) and are now arming - in time for Zawahiri’s brother to lead protests on 9-11 that led to the US flag being taken down from the US’s embassy in Egypt.

But hey, that’s big picture kind of stuff and Congress is too stupid to manage even the little stuff, much less see the big picture.

Maybe giving up on America is the best course of action after all. Maybe I need to cling to my guns and my Bible, prepare for the worst, and just forget about banging my head on the brick wall we call America.


27 posted on 02/09/2013 6:42:16 AM PST by butterdezillion
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