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  • This Is What Intolerance Smells Like

    05/01/2013 1:24:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2013 | Susan Stamper Brown
    President Obama's new "religious tolerance" consultant to the Pentagon, Mikey Weinstein, wants Christian military service members who openly talk about their faith in uniform to be charged with treason, which is a crime punishable by death according to military law. By employing his consulting services, and as Commander-in-Chief, President Obama is effectively endorsing Weinstein's recently voiced and written views such as: "Today, we face incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters who terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized [sic] and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates in our nation's armed forces." Weinstein's inflamed word picture helps...
  • Iraqi Drama Catches U.S. Off Guard (Senior U.S. Off.: Makes you want to kill yourself)

    06/12/2014 6:30:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 132 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes
    At a closed-door gathering of Gulf states in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Arab counterparts all signaled agreement on one thing for the first time: Islamist forces seizing territory in Syria and Iraq had become a regionwide menace that can't be ignored. What they didn't agree on was what to do about it, U.S. officials said.The fall this week of the Iraqi cities Mosul and Tikrit to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham rebel group shows how the insurgent threat is outpacing the response and posing a challenge to President Barack Obama's approach...
  • Bergdahl: connecting the dots

    06/02/2014 6:09:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 6-2-2014 | neo-neocon
    So, we have Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl released in exchange for five of the most notorious Taliban held in Guantanamo, the place Obama keeps saying he wants to empty. This certainly helps to empty it. The five men will now be held by Qatar, which has reassured us they’ll be in secure conditions but won’t say what those conditions are, except that they can’t travel out of the country for a year. Qatar is a Wahabi country, by the way, with a history of assisting Islamic movements worldwide. Obama has been winding down the Afghan War, and one of his stalled...
  • Taliban's Mullah Omar Celebrates Prisoner-Swap 'Victory'

    06/01/2014 9:12:23 AM PDT · by kristinn · 72 replies
    The BBC ^ | Sunday, June 1, 2014
    Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has issued a rare public statement hailing the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay detainees for a Taliban-held US soldier as a "big victory". Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed to US forces in Afghanistan on Saturday. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has defended the exchange amid criticism Congress was not given 30 days' notice before the detainees were released. He said the US had to act quickly to save the soldier's life. Sgt Bergdahl, who is said to be in good condition and has been flown to Germany for more treatment, was the only...
  • Chuck Hagel faces flat resistance to US regional policies in his coming Mid East trip

    05/13/2014 5:08:22 PM PDT · by kindred · 1 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | 05-10-14 | unknown
    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrives in Jeddah next Monday, May 12, to attend a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministers, the first for an American defense chief in six years. This prolonged absence reflected the Obama administration’s military disengagement from Middle East affairs and the political estrangement that ensued between Washington and the region. Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak commented in a lecture Thursday, May 8, at the Washington Institute for the Near East: ”The American administration changed its objective from no nuclear military Iran to no nuclear military Iran during the term of this administration.”...
  • Hagel: Year One

    02/28/2014 10:33:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2/28/14 | staff
    Celebrating Chuck Hagel's first anniversary as Secretary of Defense
  • Hagel Deployed to Press Egypt on Being 'Inclusive' Toward Muslim Brotherhood

    12/30/2013 7:01:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/30/13 | Bridget Johnson
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Egyptian counterpart, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, on Sunday to again tsk-tsk the interim government for not being “inclusive.” It was the first such call in a month and comes after Egypt branded the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. That came in the wake of a bombing at the security directorate headquarters in Mansoura that killed 16, but Egyptians made clear that the designation was warranted by a long history of incitement and violence by the MB. “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi today to discuss recent events in...
  • Obama calls for peace as Hagel orders US support in Central African Republic mission

    12/09/2013 11:09:22 AM PST · by Sopater · 125 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/09/13
    Breaking on Fox. Headline only DEFENSE SECRETARY HAGEL ORDERS US MILITARY TO TRANSPORT BURUNDIAN TROOPS TO CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AMID CONFLICT
  • Cutting One-Fifth. Twice.

    08/04/2013 9:42:45 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 19 replies
    Time ^ | July 17, 2013 | Mark Thompson
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that he has ordered a 20% cut in the ranks of the Pentagon’s top military officers and senior civilians. Beginning in 2015, and completed by 2019. Well, as we used to say: speed kills. The estimated 4,000 jobs at stake represent not only a fifth of those working at the highest levels of the U.S. military, but also represent about one-fifth — of 1% — of the U.S. military’s total full-time workforce. Hagel’s warning shot of budgetary pain to come marks the first time he has revealed action called for by the Strategic Choices...
  • Hagel orders 20 percent cut in Pentagon top brass, senior civilians

    07/16/2013 6:32:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/16/13 | Craig Whitlock
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that he has ordered a 20 percent cut in the number of top brass and senior civilians at the Pentagon by 2019, the latest attempt to shrink the military bureaucracy after years of heady growth. Hagel’s directive could force the Pentagon and military command staffs to shed an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 jobs. That’s a tiny percentage of the Defense Department’s 2.1 million active-duty troops and civilian employees, but analysts said it would be a symbolically important trimming of the upper branches of the bureaucracy, which has proved to be resistant to past
  • Local civil service likely to feel furlough impact

    05/14/2013 4:27:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the furlough of Defense Department civilians to begin in early July. Today, Hagel directed 11 furlough days for civil service employees which is half of what was initially anticipated.
  • Religious Groups Fear Christian Purge From Military

    05/01/2013 12:10:53 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 57 replies
    Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed. Pentagon officials met to discuss a policy called “Air Force Culture, Air Force Standards,” published on Aug. 7, 2012. Section 2.11 requires “government neutrality regarding religion.”
  • Breaking: Pentagon Confirms May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith

    05/01/2013 9:27:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 474 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/1/13
    The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense...Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis...”. The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith. (From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians--including chaplains--sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military...
  • Pentagon: Religious Proselytizing is Not Permitted (Court Martials?)

    04/30/2013 3:33:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | April 30, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing. President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished –...
  • Religious Groups Fear Christian Purge From Military

    04/30/2013 3:53:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/30/2013 | Todd Starnes
    Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling on the Air Force to enforce a regulation that they believe calls for the court martial of any service member caught proselytizing. President Mikey Weinstein and others from his organization met privately with Pentagon officials on April 23. He said U.S. troops who proselytize are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished –...
  • Hagel questioned about Defense Department's treatment of Christians in military

    04/11/2013 6:44:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/11/13 | Alex Pappas
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found himself being peppered with questions about his department’s attitude toward Christianity and religious freedom in the military during testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill. Under questioning during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Hagel was asked by Rep. Randy Forbes, a Virginia Republican, about a number of reported stories of concern to Christians and religious freedom advocates. Forbes asked Hagel about an order issued that commanders can no longer inform their command of approved programs in the chaplain’s office.
  • Hagel Warns Israel Over Syrian Chemical Weapons Allegations

    04/24/2013 2:33:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 4/24/13 | staff
    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged caution Wednesday over an Israeli claim that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons, saying all evidence must be weighed carefully as such allegations are "serious business". Hagel indicated he had been caught off guard by claims from an Israeli general this week that Syria had fired chemical agents against rebels in recent months, the AFP news agency reported. "When I was in Israel they did not give me that assessment. I guess it wasn't complete," Hagel told reporters in Cairo on a tour of the Middle East that included a three-day visit to Israel....
  • HAGEL: SYRIA HAS USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS

    04/25/2013 8:39:58 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 28 replies
    AP ^ | Apr. 25 2013 | ROBERT BURNS
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Syrian regime has likely used chemical weapons on a "small scale."
  • Hagel says evidence chemical weapons were used in Syria

    04/25/2013 9:51:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 63 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-25-2013 | FoxNews.com
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday the U.S. intelligence community believes the Syrian regime used the chemical weapon sarin, a revelation that immediately raised the question of whether a "red line" had been crossed in the country's civil war. Hagel confirmed the intelligence assessment, which was detailed in a letter to select members of Congress, while speaking to reporters on a visit to Abu Dhabi. The administration swiftly released those letters, which said U.S. intelligence determined with varying degrees of confidence that "the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin."...
  • Defying Congress, Obama Sends U.S. Taxes to Russian State Arms Firm

    04/11/2013 2:22:54 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    http://thenewamerican.com ^ | april 11, 2013 | Alex Newman
    Despite a bipartisan federal law prohibiting financial contracts with the Russian government-owned arms giant Rosoboronexport, the Obama administration announced that it would be purchasing another $680 million worth of military helicopters from the state company for the Afghan regime of Hamid Karzai. The contract comes after the Pentagon already spent $411 million with the supplier since May of 2011, bringing the estimated amount of U.S. taxpayer funds funneled to the state-owned behemoth to about $1 billion in recent years. The latest deal, however, drew furious outrage from across the political spectrum. Critics and lawmakers complained that the controversial scheme would...
  • Hagel: Pentagon ready to assist civil authorities in Boston

    04/16/2013 8:25:55 PM PDT · by haffast · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 16, 2013 | Patrick Dickson
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is ready to assist after what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called a “cruel act of terror” in Boston. Testifying on Capitol Hill, Hagel said Tuesday that the attack on the Boston Marathon was terrorism, and that the Pentagon is prepared to respond quickly to any request from domestic law enforcement. “(The attack) is clearly an act of terror and will be approached as an act of terror,” Hagel said. snip More than 400 Massachusetts National Guardsmen remain on duty to continue to assist local authorities, according to a news release from the Guard. The 211th...
  • Hagel: Job not to cut heart out of Pentagon

    04/11/2013 1:52:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 11, 2013 4:46 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel rejected the suggestion that President Barack Obama tapped him to “cut the heart out of the Pentagon,” pointedly reminding lawmakers Thursday that Congress approved the smaller, deficit-driven military budgets long before he took the job. Faced with a $487 billion budget cut over a decade, Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Pentagon had no choice in drawing up the politically unpopular reductions in the president's proposed $526.6 billion budget for next year. The blueprint calls for another round of domestic base closures, higher health care fees for...
  • Demoralizing

    04/04/2013 7:05:14 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 3 replies
    Washinton Free Beacon ^ | 3 Apr 13 | Adam Kredo
    Demoralizing Hagel tells military to prepare for cuts, ‘appreciate’ its ‘limits’ Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel tried to mollify worried military leaders Wednesday, speaking publicly for the first time about the Defense Department’s pressing budgetary woes. Widespread cuts to the defense budget have led DoD to impose furloughs on civilian employees, defer critical maintenance projects, and consider cutting benefits to military families. Military employees who attended Hagel’s speech at the National Defense University did not hesitate to express their fears, pressing Hagel to explain why benefits and salaries have been placed on DoD’s chopping block. “Why are we still furloughing?”...
  • Controversial Hagel Plans Israel Visit to Boost Defense Ties

    03/21/2013 3:33:13 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 3/21/2013, 2:46 AM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to visit the Jewish state in April to boost cooperation between the two countries, Israel's defense ministry said on Wednesday. "Minister (Moshe) Yaalon congratulated Defense Secretary Hagel on his appointment and on his intention to visit Israel next month," in a telephone conversation, the ministry said in a statement, as reported by the AFP news agency. The statement quoted Hagel as saying that he "felt high about the security and strategic relations between the two countries" and wanted "strengthening of cooperation between the two defense systems." Yaalon also expressed a desire to further improve...
  • Afghan leader alleges US, Taliban are colluding [Karzai Stands up to Obama and Hagel!]

    03/10/2013 7:19:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    ap ^ | 3/10/13 | HEIDI VOGT and RAHIM FAIEZ
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave - an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as "categorically false." Karzai said two suicide bombings that killed 19 people on Saturday - one outside the Afghan Defense Ministry and the other near a police checkpoint in eastern Khost province - show the insurgent group is conducting attacks to help show that international forces will still be needed to keep the peace after their current combat mission ends in 2014.
  • Hagel's remarks against India 'bizarre': BJP

    02/27/2013 10:47:15 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    New Delhi - Terming as "outlandish and bizarre" the statement of Chuck Hagel, the new US Defence Secretary, that India has financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, BJP today asked the government to exert diplomatic pressure on Washington for unconditional withdrawal of his statement. The statement given by Hagel that India has financed problems in Pakistan is "outlandish, bizarre and baseless," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said. He also expressed surprise over Hagel giving a clean to Pakistan, which has harboured in the backyard of its military base al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, who was responsible for killing of...
  • US defence secretary nominee backs Pakistan against India

    02/26/2013 5:06:48 PM PST · by ravager · 17 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Feb 27, 2013, 01.06 AM IST | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: American conservatives trying to torpedo the confirmation of Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for US defence secretary, have pulled out an "India card". Hagel has been accused of fingering India for its alleged disruptive role against Pakistan in Afghanistan. A shocked New Delhi, which sees Hagel as a friend, angrily denied any suggestion that India is a troublemaker in the region. The provocative remark, in which Senator Hagel accuses New Delhi of "financing problems" for Pakistan in Afghanistan, was dredged out by a conservative publication on the eve of his confirmation hearing which his former Republican colleagues have...
  • India financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, says US Defence Secretary nominee Chuck Hage

    02/26/2013 5:18:13 PM PST · by ravager · 9 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 27, 2013 00:03 IST | Mala Das
    New Delhi/Washington: India has sharply rejected that it "financed problems" in Afghanistan to create trouble for Pakistan, as alleged by Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's Defence Secretary nominee. Despite the controversy, the US Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for confirmation of Mr Hagel to be the US' next Defense Secretary. The confirmation is expected later in the day. "Senator Hagel's remarks are in sharp contrast to the viewpoint of the Obama Administration that has always been in praise of India's developmental role in Afghanistan and in fact has been pressing New Delhi to do more in Afghanistan," a statement...
  • Hagel sworn in as Defense secretary

    02/27/2013 9:16:36 AM PST · by OPS4 · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/13 | Jeremy Herb
    New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the United States must engage in the world and work with its allies as he addressed Defense Department employees and service members for the first time as Pentagon chief. “We can't dictate to the world, but we must engage in the world. We must lead with our allies,” Hagel said in his first speech as secretary. “Allies are, as everyone in this room knows, particularly important. No nation — as great as America is — can do any of this alone.
  • Hagel wins confirmation to lead Pentagon (Cochran, Johanns Shelby, Paul voted YES)

    02/26/2013 2:49:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 98 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 2/26/13 | Paul Kane
    Chuck Hagel won confirmation Tuesday to become defense secretary over objections to his views on Middle East security and the administration’s handling of an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya. On a 58 to 41 vote, the Senate confirmed the former GOP senator as four Republicans joined 54 Democrats in approving Hagel, ending a nearly two-month battle that included an unprecedented filibuster against the nominee. The four Republican senators voting in favor were Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard C. Shelby (Ala.) and Rand Paul (Ky.). All 41 no votes came from Republicans. The vote marked a foreign...
  • Reid To Hold Cloture Vote On Hagel At 4:15 EST

    02/14/2013 12:34:46 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    TPM ^ | 2-14-2013 | Igor Bobic
    Reid To Hold Cloture Vote On Hagel At 4:15 EST IGOR BOBIC 3:16 PM EST, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2013 The Senate will hold a cloture vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense at 4:15pm ET on Thursday, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced. The move would end debate and move to a final vote on confirmation. Several Republican senators, including Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), said they plan to vote against cloture this week in order to allow more time to review Hagel's record. They indicated that they would move to end debate, even...
  • Not Yet: GOP filibuster holding; Reid moves up Hagel cloture vote to 4:15

    02/14/2013 12:53:24 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2-14-2013 | Kevin Baron
    Not Yet: GOP filibuster holding; Reid moves up Hagel cloture vote to 4:15 By Kevin Baron Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 3:25 PM Chuck Hagel will not be defense secretary this week. The Republican filibuster proving unbreakable, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) moved up a now symbolic cloture vote to be held at 4:15 on Thursday. Three Republicans said they would ultimately vote to allow a final vote on Hagel’s nomination, but not until after next week’s recess. “That’s too bad,” said Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who called the delay “a mistake.”...
  • Hagel Backtracks on Nukes- Hagel walks back from anti-nuclear positions

    01/25/2013 4:20:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/25/13 | Bill Gertz
    Sen. Chuck Hagel backed down this week from previously held positions on nuclear arms cuts during meetings with senators who are considering his nomination to be defense secretary in an apparent effort to sway those concerned about his liberal anti-nuclear views. Hagel has told senators he is no longer a staunch supporter of the nuclear weapons views of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, who authored an anti-nuclear weapons report sponsored by the international disarmament group Global Zero. “Hagel has thrown Cartwright under the bus about the Global Zero [report] in his meetings with senators,” said a congressional aide familiar...
  • Colin Powell is No Republican

    01/13/2013 7:59:17 PM PST · by Red Nation Rising · 61 replies
    RedNationRising.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Michael Holmes
    Colin Powell is NOT a Republican. If a chicken calls itself a cow, is the chicken a cow? Of course not. Powell appeared on “Meet the Press” with David Gregory on Sunday and sounded like he just attended the Nancy Pelosi Summit of Anti-Conservative Talking Points and Race Baiting. Powell referenced Sarah Palin and John Sununu, two conservative patriots, as being racist. He said Palin’s use of the phrase “shuckin’ and jivin” is racist. He said Sununu’s description of the President as “lazy” is racist. I am half-tempted to check out my local library to see if it has a...
  • Chuck Hagel - It's The Anti-Americanism, Stupid

    01/13/2013 7:02:06 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Chuck Hagel hates Jews. Or should I say, he hates Jews who think that Jews have rights and that their rights should be defended, in Israel by the government and the IDF, in America by Israel's supporters. As I mentioned before, it is not at all surprising that Obama appointed Hagel, and I see little chance that the Senate will reject his appointment. Israel and its American friends however can take heart that Israel will not be Hagel's chief concern. Hagel -- and Obama -- have bigger fish to fry than Israel. They are looking to take on the US...
  • Corker: Say, that Hagel’s got quite a temper, eh?

    01/13/2013 2:30:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    We’ve spent plenty of time covering the litany of complaints being raised against Chuck Hagel’s nomination for SecDef based on various policy positions he’s taken or past comments he’s made. But now a different and less discussed – though already well known – aspect of his past is bubbling back to the surface. During the round of Sunday morning shows, Senator Bob Corker weighed in, asking whether Hagel has the proper temperament for an upper level management position. Raising concerns about former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary, Sen. Bob Corker said Sunday the former Nebraska senator’s temperament should...
  • Colin Powell offers strong defense of Chuck Hagel's nomination

    01/13/2013 4:23:41 PM PST · by South40 · 70 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 13, 2013 | Don Lee
    WASHINGTON -- Retired Gen. Colin Powell offered a vigorous defense of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as the next Defense secretary, even as the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee added questions about Hagel’s temperament to lawmakers’ other concerns about the nominee, particularly his position on Israel. Powell, former secretary of State to President George W. Bush and a widely respected member of the GOP, had voiced strong support for Hagel shortly after President Obama named the former Nebraska senator as his choice to replace Leon E. Panetta. On Sunday, Powell spelled out further why he regards Hagel as “superbly...
  • Media Matters for America funder Bill Benter emerges as financial sponsor of pro-Hagel ads

    01/08/2013 10:12:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/8/13 | Vince Coglianese
    One of the funders behind an ad campaign promoting Chuck Hagel’s nomination to head the Pentagon is also a major donor to the liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America. Hagel, who President Barack Obama tapped Monday as his nominee to head the Defense Department, is already under fire from critics who say he “has sought to distance the United States from Israel” during his career. According to a Foreign Policy magazine report Monday night, a substantial ad campaign aimed at swatting such attacks on Hagel is already underway, and gambling magnate Bill Benter
  • Hagel must address 'Jewish lobby' comment

    01/07/2013 4:17:51 PM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/07/13 | Lanny J. Davis
    I believe a president — Republican or Democrat — almost always deserves to have the Cabinet that he wishes, with the bar very, very high to oppose his choice. Thus, there should be heavy presumption that President Obama’s reported nominee for secretary of Defense, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, should be confirmed by the Senate. Whether senators agree or disagree with Hagel’s past positions — on the Iraq war (against), declaring the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a “terrorist organization” (against), engaging with Iran in negotiations more aggressively (for), engaging with Hamas in seeking a peace agreement in the Middle East...
  • Poll: Is former GOP senator Chuck Hagel the right man for Secretary of Defense?

    01/07/2013 5:18:42 PM PST · by South40 · 21 replies
    Poll here (scroll down on right)
  • Chuck Hagel's Record On Gay Rights

    01/07/2013 7:09:39 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 4 replies
    WaPo via HuffPo (URL link in 1st post below) | 1/7/2013 | Staff
    Chuck Hagel's Record On Gay Rights 1996: ... says he would have voted for the Defense of Marriage Act 1999: ... opposes repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy 2005: ... Hagel calls on the [Nebraska] court to reverse its decidsion, complaining the court had overridden Nebraska voters who opposed gay marriage Chuck Hagel's Apology: Too Little, Too Late Log Cabin Republicans ...
  • NBC: Hagel might lose 10 Democrats in the Senate

    01/07/2013 7:28:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/07/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    So says Chuck Todd, underscoring the oddly pugnacious move today to nominate Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Republicans clearly oppose the move, and that eliminates any benefit of bipartisanship. If Democrats don't line up foursquare behind the pick, why make it at all?CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Let's take that as a baseline. That presumes that Obama has 43 votes from his own party on Hagel in the bag --- hardly a rousing level of support for a Cabinet appointment, especially one as critical as Defense. Hagel would need eight votes from the GOP, a caucus which isn't...
  • Hagel The Horrible

    12/17/2012 7:46:51 AM PST · by bayouranger · 4 replies
    islam-watch.org ^ | 16DEC12 | Marc J. Fink
    Hamas-Supporting, Islamist Group CAIR Praises and Endorses Obama Defense Candidate It's not in America's national security interest to have a Defense Secretary who regularly receives praise from an organization named an unindicted co-conspirator to fund the terrorist group Hamas in America's largest terrorism financing case; an organization officially banned from cooperation with the FBI and cited as an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood in America
  • Obama's Jewish supporters of Israel ought to watch the Hagel nomination very carefully

    12/17/2012 10:06:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/17/12 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Throughout the recent presidential campaign people like Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Ira Forman had to work overtime to cover up Barack Obama’s hostility toward Israel. They knew their co-religionists were weary of supporting a man who had so often actually gone out of his way to show his contempt for the Jewish State – only democracy in the Middle East. There was the sharp snub of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama’s cozy relationship with Black clergy who at times foamed at their mouth with open hatred for Israel. Now that he is safely reelected Obama has done nothing...
  • Obama's Sec Def Pick? I'm U.S. Senator, not Israeli Senator (Hagel)

    12/16/2012 6:07:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/16/12 | Politico
    POLITICO: In an interview with Aaron David Miller for his book published by Random House, "The Much Too Promised Land," Sen. Chuck Hagel spoke about Israel