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Chuck Hagel nomination creates rare partisan fight over Pentagon post
The nomination of former senator Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon has set in motion a highly unusual campaign-style brawl over a Cabinet post long considered above politics. Supporters and opponents are raising money and building political ...

Obama nominates Chuck Hagel for Defense, John Brennan for CIA
President Obama on Monday nominated former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Appearing with the two men in the East Room of the White ...

On Israel, Iran, and spending, Chuck Hagel looks a lot like Robert Gates
The arguments for and against the Obama administration's anticipated nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary seem to turn on the premise that he would represent a dramatic shift on defense spending and on two major foreign policy issues: Iran ...

The tarring of Chuck Hagel
The article that implied Hagel was a touch anti-Semitic was headlined “Chuck Hagel's Jewish Problem” and suggested that Hagel's statement that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here” in Congress had “the odor” of prejudice. A PC sort of ...

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RELEVANT Why is everyone so upset about Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense? http://t.co/XoariZrM

JohnPonddog #chuck hagel what we have here is social class structure comes to the USA and the US Senate.

irishamrep1 Anyone with DemocRAT Senators call them tell them no to Chuck Hagel. Not enough of this !! Sticking together N stick it to them that works!

lmoliva_ RT @lrozen: Carefully prepared Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) endorsement means most Jewish Senators will vote to confirm Chuck #Hagel: http://t.co/AX9Rrp2n

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preppy_pearls RT @alexsemin: Tomorrow night, I bet AJ McCarron and Miss Alabama will play chess, debate the Chuck Hagel nomination, and then sleep in separate beds.

trillium_mimi Chuck Hagel's Anti-Abortion Record Doesn't Disqualify Him From Pentagon Job, Progressives Say http://t.co/WKf6CbVl via @HuffPostPol

ChristianJHagen RT @BuzzFeedAndrew: McCain on Hagel in 2006: "I'd be honored to have Chuck with me in any capacity. He'd make a great secretary of state." http://t.co/zeEIoMow

cnorkun RT @alexsemin: Tomorrow night, I bet AJ McCarron and Miss Alabama will play chess, debate the Chuck Hagel nomination, and then sleep in separate beds.

Discussions

What has Chuck Hagel done or said to cause Republicans and Conservatives to oppose his nomination as Secretary? by Mr. Wolf Q: of Defense? Please be specific and post where that information can be found.

What if Obama does the unthinkable? How will you react? by Williamson Q: What if Obama dares to pick a Republican VP, how will this affect your vote? There are rumors that Republican Chuck Hagel is being vetted for the VP spot. Chuch Hagel is travelling with Obama to Iraq right now, so I think the rumor has base... If Obama dares to pick a republican as a VP, how would it affect your vote? btw.. please say whether your a Dem or Rep when you answer..

A: You are right - that is unthinkable! Do you have the slightest basis for thinking that is a possibility? Mind you, at one level he needs to do that to win - once people realise how hard left he really is he's going to be in a power of trouble.

What do you think about Chuck Hagel for Obama's VP? by K Q: Hagel is the Republican Senator from Nebraska. What do you think about a mixed ticket instead of Right or Left?

A: Actually, he's been my pick all along. He's a Vietnam vet, has business executive experience, and he's been vocal about the poor handling of the Iraq War. Democrative Pres w/Republican VP. Talk about change...

What do you think of Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska? Would you vote for him if he ran for president? by gyorzxk Q: I am a registered Democrat, but I like what I have heard from him. He is a decoraated Vietnam Vet, unlike anyone in the Bush administration, and he is an outspoken opponent of our involvement in Iraq. Even as a Democrat, I would be tempted to vote for him if he runs. He's got guts.

A: I prefer Sam Brownback of Kansas over Chuck Hagel.. Plenty of experience, leadership positions, and results. Check Sam Brownback on Wikipedia. However, to be practical, you've got to look at the three current Republican frontrunners (McCain, Giuliani, and Gingrich). It looks like Giuliani is ahead in the current polls, but he doesn't represent an awful lot of midwestern Republicans, and Gingrich doesn't have the charisma and is running 3rd anyway. McCain is the man to ask when you want straight answers.

The Republicans just chose John Kerry to be Obama's new Secretary of State? by Lana T. Q: Any idea who they will choose to be his next Secratary of Defense? Please don't say he chooses his administration makes their own choice, they choose whoever the Republicans will ALLOW them to have. I don't see Susan Rice around, and Republicans don't want Chuck Hagel, so he's out. Who will the Republicans let Obama have in his cabinet? @SupaStar, What is "getting done"? We're going over the Fiscal Cliff.

A: It seems you do not upstanding the principle of "compromising to get things done".

Should the US Attorney General position be filled by a person who is absolutely honest? by Laughing Man Copycat Q: Republican Senator Chuck Hagel Says, "The American people deserve an Attorney General, the chief law enforcement officer of our country, whose honesty and capability are beyond question.," the Nebraska Senator wrote in a statement. "Attorney General Gonzales can no longer meet this standard." Should Attorney General Gonzales step down? What I find amazing is that we as a people are so eager to throw in the towel on ethical standards of our public servants. Its like the American public has become spineless and have been defeated by Washington.

A: that will NEVER happen. The Attorney General is a lawyer. Have you ever met an absolutely honest lawyer? That being said, Gonzales does need to step down.

why would a liberal democrat be concern with McCain or Huckabee? by cificare Q: they are both moderate democrats in republican clothing just like Lindsey Graham, Chuck Hagel or Olympia Snow that means conservatives are not going to vote for either one.

A: Speak for yourself. This conservative will vote for John McCain in the primary and general election. A good leader has the ability to reach out to democrats and independents, which McCain has done and will continue doing. It is time to end the political stalemate in Washington, and get the parties working together again, not working to destroy eachother.

Can you deny an ambassadorship because someone is "Openly and aggressively Jewish"? by Newell Q: So WHY is it OK that Chuck Hagel said that James Hormel should not be the Ambassador to Luexembourg, because Hormel was "Openly and Aggressively" gay?

Could a 3rd party ticket of Mike Bloomberg & Chuck Hagel win the Presidency in 2008? by Anti-Socialist Q: Mike has got billions to blow on the campaign and certainly isn't any worse than any of the terrible choices for President you have right now & Hagel has got to be the most honest, moderate, straight talking, (non - Gay) Republican in the country. Or do you acually think that the Republicans (Theocracy/Neocons) or Democrats (Socialists/Marxists) should get the run the country, again?

A: Well we now know a third party ticket is no t gonna include chuck Hagel. No one will find Chuck credible if he runs after having said he would not leave office and not run.

Who would like to see Chuck Hagal as Obama,s running mate? by Leroy S Q: I think Chuck Hagel would be my first choice all though hes a republican he seems to be a down to earth guy that has qualities from both partys as well as others he has enough commen sence not to only follow one parties ideas.If he would of ran I would of voted for him over any of them.

A: He would do the same thing for Obama that Lieberman would do for McCain. The alienation of voters based on the letter after the name of the VP candidate is a huge factor to consider.

What does it tell you when McCain's close Republican friends won't even endorse him? by Whoops, is this your spleeen? Q: http://blogs.usatoday.com/onpolitics/2008/08/sen-hagel-wont.html From USA Today -> "Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican who is one of John McCain's closest friends ... has no intention of getting involved in any of the campaigns and is not planning to endorse either candidate."

A: Quite some time ago 14 republican senators said they wouldn't endorse McCain. Amazing!!! Any democratic senators say they won't endorse Obama??? I don't bet so. McCain's nuts - don't vote for him!

Politics aside, which former politician would you most like to have a beer with? by A World Without US Q: 1.) Bill Clinton. 2.) George W. Bush 3.) Alan Simpson 4.) Chuck Hagel For instance, I politically agree with Pelosi and Reid, but don't necessarily desire to be in the same room with them. I'm not asking you to choose between my choices. I"m asking you to choose your own.

A: Bill Bradley was a hero of mine as a kid when he played BB for Princeton, and yet was also a brilliant student. But since he's not a choice, I'd have to say Bill Clinton. He too is a brilliant guy who is extremely knowledgeable and personable, and would be very interesting to talk to.

America is it time for a new political party? Tired of Dems & Republicans? by pepe Q: I agree with Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel ( Vietnam war hero) that it's about time we get an alternative choice to old tired political parties.

A: Here are 3 of the better known alternative parties: AKA Third Parties. Libertarian Party Constitution Party Green Party

Who is the politician you admire the most, that is from the opposite political party? by Jared Q: I'm a Dem, and I admire Ron Paul the most on the Rep side. I also admire Lindsey Graham and Chuck Hagel for their independence. Post up! :)

A: Hillary Clinton

Who do you think Mccain will pick as a vp? by Ben Taft Q: I am a democrat but i would like to see him pick tom ridge or maybe chuck hagel.

A: Whoever the CFR leaders tell him to. Same as Obama. Biden is a senior member as was Cheney who while picking a Veep ended up picking himself. Whoever it is they will have been invited to the last Bilderberg meeting...Chuck Hagel is a member of both and would be strong choice for cross-over votes. I would prefer he picks Rudy Giuliani for the fun of watching. Or maybe Romney which would prove that he was being told what to do since both he and his wife can't stand him.

Which of these quotes is most upsetting to you? by Tupperware Party Q: The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious, and the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist." -- Winston Churchill "Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." -- Harry S. Truman "Free and responsible government by popular consent just can't exist without an informed public." -- Bill Moyers "We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home." -- Thomas Jefferson "The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State." -- Dr. Joseph M. Goebbels "To criticize one's country is to do it a service .... Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism – a higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national adulation." -- U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright "To question your government is not unpatriotic — to not question your government is unpatriotic." -- Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) "A Patriot is merely a rebel at the start. In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." -- Mark Twain "On the altar of God, I pledge undying hostility to any government restrictions on the free minds of the people." -- Thomas Jefferson — The favored quote at the highest point in the Rotunda at the Jefferson Memorial "Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President." -- Theodore Roosevelt "If once (the people) become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges and Governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature, in spite of individual exceptions." -- Thomas Jefferson "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Any who act as if freedom's defenses are to be found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America." -- President Eisenhower In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. "We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together." -- Dwight David Eisenhower Could you explain why a particular upsets you?

A: Goebbels

Is Chuck Hagel a sleeper for Hamas? by Huey Freeman Q: I mean after all, he's against the War in Iraq, and he's an Obama supporter. Is Senator Chuck Hagel with the terrorists?

A: No he's not but I'm sure whoever came up with this could easily be a star on talk radio or even Fox news.

Is McCain throwning our soldiers under the Bus? by Joan L Q: "I support the Military not the Soldiers." Is this the reason McCain would not vote for (R) Chuck Hagel vet bill? This bill pass the senate and the house. Now McCain and Bush is trying to get this veto. Asking the Rep's that supported Hagel Bill to help throw the soldiers under the Bus.

A: McCain voted against the GI Bill. He gave the following reason (probably not his exact words, but this is as close as I can come): If we make college available to veterans, they will leave the military at the end of their three year term. Without this assistance, they will stay in the military longer. I should think that three years in the military would be long enough for anyone unless they want to make the military their career. As it is, three years in the military, four years in college--they'll be at least 25 by then. The Republicans have never been real fans of education for the masses. They seem to think it is still a privilege of the rich. If they can keep the rest of us uneducated, we're less likely to ask questions about how they run our country. It's time for us to take it back from them. Obama believes in making education affordable for all.

Why are liberals attacking Chuck Hagel for speaking the truth? by A-Rod Namikaze Q: Hagel stood up to the Zionists who run our Congress. Brave man! These developings have certainly changed my opinion of him. I'm gay, but I know that the position that he's seeking has zero influence on LGBT rights, and I would love to have a Secretary of Defense who isn't an Israel-firster. How is voting against war liberal? War gives us the greatest incentive to expand the government. I disagree with repealing Glass-Steagall though.

Do you like Chuck Hagel (R) as a vice presidential pick? by tau.reanb Q: If Obama captures the Democratic nomination, what do you think of Senator Chuck Hagel (R) of Nebraska as a vice presidential pick? Personally, that makes an Obama administration all the more alluring as I am a fan of Chuck Hagel.

A: I don't think Obama would ever choose a Republican to be his running mate.

Who else thinks Obama made a decent move appointing Chuck Hagel? by Skeptic Q: Maybe he'll finally live up to his 2007 campaign promises about scaling back military spending and overseas interventions. Hagel is exactly what we need right now and I'm very pleased with Obama's choice here in an otherwise lackluster presidency. No surprise that many in the GOP are still mad about anything Obama does as always. For war when he's (Obama's) against it and against war when he's for it, etc.

The Republicans just chose John Kerry to be Obama's new Secretary of State? by Lana T. Q: Any idea who they will choose to be his next Secratary of Defense? Please don't say he chooses his administration makes their own choice, they choose whoever the Republicans will ALLOW them to have. I don't see Susan Rice around, and Republicans don't want Chuck Hagel, so he's out. Who will the Republicans let Obama have in his cabinet?

A: Ugh, the Democrats control the senate, which confirms the nominations, so Obama can choose whoever HE wants.

Is there a link to Chuck Hagel verbally taking the Bush admin to the wood shed? by Chi Guy Q: There was a TV news report that Hagel called the Bush admin the most incompetent and arrogant in US history. Is there a link to this?

A: Here's a transcript of the Chuck Hagel speech, discussing the incompetent and arrogant Bush Administration: http://www.cfr.org/publication/14895/conversation_with_chuck_hagel_rush_transcript_federal_news_service.html?breadcrumb=%2Fpublication%2Fby_type%2Ftranscript&loc=interstitialskip Hagel: "And I have to say -- this is my opinion -- is my opinion that this is one of the most arrogant, incompetent administrations I've ever seen personally or ever read about." Hagel: "And I'll leave that to history as to its determination. As to my personal opinion, which I have not been shy about sharing, I think as most of you know in speeches or interviews, this administration in my opinion has been as unprepared as any administration I'm aware of, not only the ones that I have been somehow connected to and that's been every administration -- either I've been in Washington or worked within an administration or Congress or some way dealing with them since the first Nixon administration. I would rate this one the lowest in capacity, in capability, in policy, in consensus -- almost every area, I would give it the lowest grade."

Should Republican party elders pull Chuck Hagel aside and ask him to change his party affiliation? by Statepoller Q: Democrats are angry that Lieberman supports McCain, but Lieberman changed his classification to Independent. The fact that Hagel is obviously campaigning for the Democrats should he be asked to renounce his Republican party affiliation and do the same and become an Independent? Both he and Obama were against the surge and now that has worked he is actively trying to pull the attention off of it, to save his and Obama's political careers. Should the RNC step in and cut off all his funding.

A: First, Lieberman lost a Democratic primary for his senate office, which is why he ran (and won) as an independent. I believe he is still a Democrat, as indicated by his super-delegate status in the party. Chuck Hagel isn't the only one who should have support by the GOP pulled. But it is his choice in the end. I agree that pressure should be exerted on him (and others who clearly don't represent Republican positions) to identify himself as an Independent.

What do you think about Chuck Hagel as a potential running mate for Obama? by Space Monkey Q: I think that a bipartisan ticket would be a great idea. Hagel is a Vietnam veteran and very strong in military affairs, and it would be a strong counter-punch to McCain's military experience. Actually, Hagel supports Obama's ideas on the Iraq War and his foreign policy platform. I think a bipartisan ticket would help promote Obama as a legitimate post-partisan candidate.

A: I met him, was impressed with his straight forward ideas and ideals, so have no real problems with the idea. But I think two unprecedented 'firsts' (opposite party VPs happened in the first three elections) would be too much to ask this election. Sec. of Defense seems more likely.

Is it easier to be a hawk when one has never been on the front lines or served in combat? by enzyme306 Q: There is no bigger hawk or proponent of the war in Iraq than Dick Cheney. He received five deferrals that kept him from going to Vietnam while I and others served over there. John Murtha and Chuck Hagel have been strong critics of the war. Both served in combat. Colin Powel was the one lone voice in the wilderness that advised caution in going to war in Iraq. He was forced to resign.

A: I mentioned it earlier. Bush, Cheney, Rove etcetera are the boys on the schoolyard that pay the bully to trip the girls with skirts on so they can see up their dress. It is the "chickenhawk syndrome." Notice that the totalitarian thug over in Russia is not impressed and verbally b***h slaps our Secretaries of State and Defense. Notice that General Sanchez thinks these chickenhawks would be courtmartialed if they actually had the guts to serve.

Could Obama choose Chuck Hagel as his VP? by Datx Q: Chuck Hagel, is a Republican, however he went on Obama's trip and has a more moderate conservative stance. Obama has done a lot of bipartisanship, but would this go too far? Could he pick Republican Hagel as his VP. And Would that help or hurt him in this election?

A: I don't think Hagel would do it. It would effectively turn him into an Independent. If he were to lose, he would ruin his name within his state, in the eyes of Republicans.

Are Republicans just mad that Hagel isn't going to be bending over backwards for Israel? by Guns Are Phallic Symbols Q: Chuck Hagel is actually a really good candidate for the position. He's not a chicken hawk based on his record, and while he is a Republican, he doesn't have that unshakable, dogmatic love & support for Israel that many Republicans have, which is a major plus in a time when America needs to END wars and intervention and not start more, where Netanyahu is constantly beating the war drums and trying to drag America into another unsustainable war. Is the lack of total religious support of Israel the reason Republicans are attacking him now? With all this talk about cutting spending, you'd think the Republicans would love and laud this appointment. He's even a Republican! Alas, if it has anything to do with Obama, many Republicans will blindly hate it anyway.

If Obama gets the Democratic nomination, who should I vote for? by I hate Hussein Obama Q: It was going to be Ralph Nader, but then I heard Mike Gravel is running as a Libertarian. I'm hoping Chuck Hagel will run, and I would consider Bloomberg. Are there any other third party or independents that have announced they are running? I refuse to vote for the lessor of two evils. I will not vote for someone I don't want to be President.

A: I see nothing wrong with Obama and he and Hillary's views are similar however, if you're determined Mike Gravel is even further left than Obama and Hillary, Nader is touting a single payer health care program and of course the socialists and communists run someone in my state every year. On the other side I haven't heard of anyone.

What is it that Unity08 believes and how exactly will it become a force in the 2008 elections? by ego2gogo Q: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18701434/ To become a player in 2008, Unity08 must collect over 700,000 physical signatures in 50 states. At present it boasts less than 40,000 total members (active and inactive) after over a year of shilling by the likes of Chuck Hagel and Sam Waterston and kindly coverage from an amused press. Unity08 lacks the organizational structure necessary to complete its mission. Unity08 offers no stand on the issues and "bipartisanship" as it's mantra. Unity08 has no candidate and in fact is listed by the FEC as a a not-for-profit corporation and under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code (http://ao.nictusa.com/ao/no/060020.html) So, exactly how will Unity08 reach its goals? Ideas anyone?

A: Well, since Democratic and Republican platforms are pretty much exact opposites, I think the only thing they'll agree on is that donuts with sprinkles are better than donuts without sprinkles. Unless that's deemed blatant "sprinklism", at which point they will decide both types of donuts are equal, and give billions of dollars to ineffective government programs directed at raising awareness and insuring sprinkleless donuts can sponge off of taxpayers for the duration of their shelf life. Then they'll find some way of aborting them. Possibly yanking them out of the fryer when they're only half cooked?

How about the dissension in the right-wing Republican ranks? by ArRo Q: Alan Greenspan blasted George Bush in his book. And, last night, Senator Chuck Hagel (R) Neb., said, "Bush has made the worst foreign policy blunders in our history". He says his party is completely changed and he will not seek reelection. I have to give you Republicans credit...you can always rationalize anything. The two men I mentioned are extremely high-placed and well-known, but their opinions don't mean much, according to your answers!

A: I'm sorry but not to many Republicans give these two to much merit. They've never been to true to their party and don't warrent anyones respect.

What exactly is "the center" or "moderate"? by Ubiquitous Q: Every presidential campaign season, we hear about "the center" or "moderates." This is such an ambiguous entity that it seems appealing to it is an impossible contortionists' act. Republican Chuck Hagel opposes the Iraq War whereas former Democrat Joe Lieberman (and some other Democrats) support it. Some Republicans support "liberal" positions and some Democrats support "conservative" positions. So how can a candidate be a "centrist" or "moderate?" There are too many variations so which variation would a candidate appeal to?

A: They are the swing voters, who could go either way. They are different on every issue mind you. For example the right to bear arms issue. The left would support gun laws prohibitting firearms. The right would support not have restrictions. Somewhere in between are many people who believe there should be laws, but not very strict ones. They are a "moderate"s. A "centrist" politician will try to appeal to them by supporting gun control legislation but also championing the second amendment decision from a couple of weeks ago. Bill Clinton was great at straddling the line. Obama is now looking to try to do the same.

That commie Obama is nominating another libterd commie for Def. Secretary. How much is enough? by No Chance Without Derp Q: "With former Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination as Defense secretary imminent, conservatives denounced his views on Israel and Iran as out of step with mainstream foreign policy, underscoring the difficulty he is likely to face winning Senate confirmation. An administration official said Sunday that Hagel would be nominated Monday to succeed Leon E. Panetta. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal White House planning." Liberal scumbag commie socialists! They are back patting each other into office. Isn't this proof that arrogant Obama is trying to steamroll Communist Liberal Ideology and take away American's right to a balanced approach to governance? Obama is a communist.

Why did Obama take a Democrat and a Republican Senator on his overseas trip? by trmdiva Q: I think that it's fantastic that Obama traveled with fellow Senators Jack Reed of Rhode Island (Dem) and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska (Republican). To me, that shows that he respects both equally and that he will listen to both Dems and Republicans. Just because someone is a Republican or Democrat doesn't mean they don't have equally good points of view. A good president will listen to both. Your thoughts? Normal kid: Hilarious

A: You are correct...A good president should listen to both sides and decide what is best for the country. Today’s politicians forget that they are elected by the public, a public servant; instead they work for big corporate and some don’t even listen to their own party or advisor's. Obama is the change we need.

Why did many Conservatives attack Conservatives who thought Palin was a dismal choice? by playtherapy Q: Palin critics- George Will, Kathleen Parker, David Frum, Senator Chuck Hagel, former Senator Lincoln Chafee, Charles Krauthammer Parker was especially demonized. Why?

A: Because they are all educated Conservatives. The Republican Party has been embracing the uneducated, the prejudiced, the Bubba's (i.e., Rush Limbaugh) and running down education and intellectualism as if it is a bad thing. And most of their intellectual Conservatives say the same thing.

So why are Republicans opposing a fellow Republican to become Secretary of Defense? by bluechristy Q: Just because Chuck Hagel - who was a decorated Viet Nam Veteran - opposed the Iraq War ? Well I guess Republicans are Not allowed to have an opinion of their own then . But You know I would much rather Obama nominate a Democrat for a change -; because a position such as Secretary of Defense should require some intelligence . And Chuck Hagel is about as close as Republicans can get when it comes to that standard of intelligence . Well a lot Republicans must like Chuck Hagel because he was voted him into office

A: Compare Senator Hagel's thinking in 2002 to Republican thinking in 2002 on Iraq. "If disarmament in Iraq requires the use of force, we need to consider carefully the implications and consequences of our actions. The future of Iraq after Saddam Hussein is also an open question. Some of my colleagues and some American analysts now speak authoritatively of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds in Iraq, and how Iraq can be a test case for democracy in the Arab world. How many of us really know and understand much about Iraq, the country, the history, the people, the role in the Arab world? I approach the issue of post-Saddam Iraq and the future of democracy and stability in the Middle East with more caution, realism and a bit more humility... Imposing democracy through force in Iraq is a roll of the dice. A democratic effort cannot be maintained without building durable Iraqi political institutions and developing a regional and international commitment to Iraq's reconstruction. No small task." Compare that above to biggest cheerleader at the time. Iraq's uncertain future, as opposed to its totalitarian present, has become the principle [sic] concern of many realists. "What comes after a military invasion?" Senator Chuck Hagel would like to know. "Who rules Iraq? Does the United States really want to be in Baghdad, trying to police Baghdad for twenty or thirty years?" ... Predictions of ethnic turmoil in Iraq are even more questionable than they were in the case of Afghanistan. Unlike the Taliban, Saddam has little support among any ethnic group, Sunnis included, and the Iraqi opposition is itself a multi-ethnic force... [T]he executive director of the Iraq Foundation, Rend Rahim Francke, says, "we will not have a civil war in Iraq. This is contrary to Iraqi history, and Iraq has not had a history of communal conflict as there has been in the Balkans or in Afghanistan..." Who was right 10 years later? Republicans do not want reminder on why their foreign policy was so bad. http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2013/01/why.html EDIT Many Republicans need to like Hagel. What is weird the about face? "Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell lavished praise Friday on Sen. Chuck Hagel and said many of his warnings about the Iraq war have been validated. “Many of the predictions Chuck Hagel made about the war came true,” the Kentucky senator said in a brief interview after his remarks at a fundraising reception. “They have proven to be accurate.” Hagel’s views on the war “have not diminished his effectiveness,” McConnell said, and may, in fact, increase his effectiveness over time. Hagel warned against a U.S. attack against Iraq without broad international support and careful planning for the aftermath. Most recently, he has opposed President Bush’s increase in U.S. troops while supporting changes in the U.S. military mission and gradual withdrawal of most combat troops." http://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/mcconnell-says-hagel-s-iraq-warnings-were-right/article_868c1ded-9f53-5bdc-b1f4-d38976f58bce.html After that assessment in 2007 from Senator McConnell, what changed?

Is there an online calender with the countdown of days til Bush leaves? by Power Q: I am so excited about the thoughts of what will happen when Obama/Hillary take over & all the other great dems. with Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. I would like to see the countdown each day. Is there a place where I can have it added to my screen automatically? A true republican things the only reason a person uses a calender is because they can't count. Try to open your mind just a tini bit.

A: Yes http://www.google.com/search?q=countdown+clock+to+when+Bush+leaves+office&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7

What do you think of an Obama/Hagel ticket? by Natalie Z Q: I've been reading reports that Obama is looking at Chuck Hagel for VP. I think it's a pretty interesting and bold choice to put a Republican, even a very atypical one such as Hagel, on the ticket. What do the rest of you Obama supporters think?

A: I find it hard to believe that the DNC would sit quietly by while Obama names a Republican as his running mate. It's utterly ridiculous. **snicker**

How refreshing is it to see a politician call it like it is for a change? by Truth Erector Q: I am talking about retiring senator Chuck Hagel. He does not have to walk lock step with his party. He say's what he truly believes is right. He called this administration what it is - totally incompotent. What could be more patriotic than calling out those who have done such damage to this country. We need men like him to run for President! John you are so far off base. The guy is leaving politics for one thing. The only people he called rapists just happened to be rapists. I say that knowing our military does a great job and almost all are decent people just like most of our country. This mess isn't their fault. Chuck Hagel is a great American Veteran. Don't disparage him for your own political reasons.

A: It's great to see a man of conviction for a change and not a man tied to oil and money.

All negative comments and etc aside looking for a mature group of both repubs and dems? by Aware Q: I was thinking, if I were Obama the best way to show bipartisanship is to extend an offer to John Mccain to be an advisor to Homeland Defense. I see Bill Richardson, Chuck Hagel, Colin Powell, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton to be in his cabinet as well. I'd see Hillary on the Health Care department. Also can I just say that Mccain's concession speech was nothing less than great. I wish he'd shown his true self throughout this campaign.

A: Hey, get out of my head! That was the same thing I was thinking of last night. Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton, John McCain working with Obama would be wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I hope he does just that. McCain made me cry. I voted for Obama but I felt so sorry for him. I love that man; he has a lot of integrity.

Will Obama let us know who he has chosen to head different departments before the election? by Power Q: Someone asked about the environment & I was wondering if he would get Gore to head that. Hillary to head the Univeral Health Dept. Chuck Hagel the defense Dept....Is is unusual to have this people picked out early?

A: No traditionally the cabinet is named after the elections. Gore has said he is done with public office.

What if fiscal Republicans voted for the Libertarian Barr en masse? by politicoswizzlestick Q: Would a top notch Republican like Chuck Hagel or someone of that caliber agree to be the Libertarian candidate in 2012 if the Libertarians pull big numbers (say 7-8%) and get good governmental funding due to that strong showing? Jindal? Romney? Someone of real stature might take that nomination allowing the fiscal conservatives to recast their lot in short order.

A: It would help to actually change the insane bipartisan politics that we now have in this country. It would be great.

Is Barney Frank right about Chuck Hagel? by Bob W Q: Barney Frank says that Chuck Hagel is a bigot for his remarks about Hormel, the heir to the spam manufacturer. Is Barney Frank right about Chuck Hagel?

A: Yea

Is this headline misleading or not Republican say Palin not qualified? by chargerman Q: The republican and I use that lightly is Chuck Hagel. Chuck hagel, Olympia Snow and Susan Collins are about as far from being republicans as anyone can get. They are as socialistic as any democrat.

A: Chuck Hagel? Who cares what he has to say? Nobody, here in Nebraska. That's for sure. It's a good thing he's not running for re-election, because he would lose big time. By the way I am a Republican.

Tell me honestly why you're against Chuck Hagel being Secretary of Defense? by Guns Are Phallic Symbols Q: Is it because he won't bow to AIPAC like most others will? Is it because he wants to end the unsustainable wars? Is it because he's a Veitnam War Veteran? Why do you oppose Chuck Hagel being Secretary of Defense?

Is America safe for israelis after Hagel's election and the israeli opposition to it? by Israeli Q: The anti israeli Chuck Hagel was elected secretary of defence with full support of the american people . Israel opposed. And now the netire american people hates Israel (as if they didn't already) . I am an israeli and currently in America. I am afraid to tell people I am an israeli. I feel this country is unsafe for israelis . All people here hate Israel . What should I do ?

Why am I hearing noise about Chuck Hagel running for President when John McCain lost credibility for being? by Nicole J Q: for amnesty and Chuck Hagel is for the same thing not to mention a sponsor of the dream act the instate tuition for illegals Why is Hagel even being mentioned also he decided to leave the senate because he knew Jim Bunning would wipe the floor with him so what gives here

A: Chuck Hagel recently announced he was refusing to run for President, otherwise he has some excellent qualifications. its very curious why none of the candidates (that truly represent the will of the people) can get support to run from the big corporate types. The candidates in favor of outsourcing, illegal immigration, CEO domination, and the wars for oil seem to get all the big money support.

Should Chuck Hagel be asked to change his status from Republican to Independent? by Statepoller Q: Its been months since Chuck Hagel has voted on anything that was in support of his party. Should the RNC strip Hagel of any future funding as an RNC candidate like the Democrats did to Lieberman for supporting McCain? The only reason he refuses to is he knows as a Democrat he couldn't get elected in his traditionally Republican state. Well regardless of what is said here its not up to Hagel its up to the RNC and they can strip him of his funding in the same way that Lieberman got stripped of his funding by the DNC.

A: His status is American, that's all that's important.

Why does Chuck hagel hate gay people so much? by Maryjane Dark Goddess Q: Chuck Hagel has stated many times that being gay makes a person unfit to serve in the military. He has compared being gay to having a disease. Why would Obama nominate a homophobe as secretary of defense? BQ: should the gay community flood the White House with phone calls and e-mails demanding Obama not nominate the hate monger Chuck Hagel?

How do we the people stop Chuck Hagel from becoming Secretary of Defense? by Maryjane Dark Goddess Q: Chuck Hagel has many times said that Israel does not have the right to exist. He has praised hamas as "freedom fighters." he has said gay people are unfit to serve in the military just for being gay. How can we stop this violent hate monger from becoming Secretary of Defense?

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