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    ...and who does McCain think he's kidding. No one agreed with either surge but one has to remember that disagreeing with Bush made you as terrorist and disagreeing with Obama makes you a racist. Standing up to people whom are wrong is a key qualification of that job.
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    I agree. That is why we have career politians. Few, if any will answer with a yes or no. They are like used car salesmen. Their objective is to sell you the car by saying "if we have the blue one...." All politicans have to explain their vote to pacify the majority.
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    He looked like he'd been on a three week drunk...He couldn't answer a simple question, he appears incapable of making decisions and has a problem with
    comprehension...he is a poor choice in sooo many areas. What a buffoon!
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    I would think people would want any nominee to be grilled for such an important position, most positions, they represent the POTUS who allegedly supports the people of the United States.
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    Wow, the Republicans devouring one of their own because Obama likes him. Kind of like beating up ones own little brother because Mom likes him better!
    The one thing that makes me question his loyalty to the United States is that he sits on the board of directors of Chevron Oil.
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    Really, I think most of us, on both sides, would just like to find a honest politician who cares about America.
    Wish us Luck
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    @Keyjo yea, my parents were big on Jimmy, the political machine chewed him up and spit him out.
    I really think he had great intentions.
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  • #21
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    Stay tuned for MSNBC's top story tonight - "Racist, Gun-Nut Republicans Heckel Grieving Chuck Hagel At Senate Hearing"...
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    "If Chuck Hagel is not a Native American, he cannot hold the position as Secretary Of Defense, and therefore he must be Secretary Of Defense some place else."
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    Limbaugh is painting Obama as just like every other President in regard to Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, but better, because he will not be detached from the position. He asserts that Obama will not be uninvolved and detached from the Cabinet positions but will be involved and in charge. Sounds good to me to finally have a president who is involved and knows what is going on. If we had more Presidents like that we may not have been in some of the senseless and useless encounters we've been in.
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    If I had a job-seeker approach me, and I asked him/her about something they wrote that I read, and they couldn't remember the substance, I'd kick them to the curb. Doesn't sound like he's too much substance behind his work.
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    @DogLady_1 This was a very fair representation of the really awful job Hagel did, he was unprepared, didn't seem to know some very basic things and refused to answer questions. Come on, the question from McCain was an easy one, he either stood by his earlier statement or he didn't. The end, the answer is already a foregone conclusion agreed to by all, dems. and repbs. So all he had to do was say, yes I stand by my original comment, and he could say because....... OR he could have put on his big boy pants and acknowledged that his original statement was proven incorrect and he regrets it now. See? Easy peasy. Just speak the truth and you shall be free.
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    What authority does the SOD have that isn't overriden by the President. Much ado about nothing. The President and the SOS are more important. Hagel is an insider getting another few years of plum salary. Nobody in that position carries any weight at this point in time in this administration.
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    really? How is Hagel soft on iran? He supports measures to keep Iran from getting nukes... what else do you want? Why do you say he is no friend of Israel when Hgael supports supplying arms to Israel? And what has our past friendship with Israel done for us??? Why do you feel like nuclear "defense" is necessary? Do we really need enough force to blow up the earth 7 times over? And how can you call that "defense"? Wouldn't such massive power be more aptly called "offensive" weapons?
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    @DogLady_1 Look at his record. He proposes to have "discussions" with terrorists. You really need a lesson in reality. If your icon is pot, go back to smoking it.
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    @DogLady_1 Soft on Iran – Mr. Hagel consistently has been soft on the Iranian regime, repeatedly voting against Iran sanctions, and in 2005 even proposing that Iran play a role in the shaping of the new Iraqi government. At a time when the Iranian regime is blatantly flaunting its efforts to bolster its nuclear weapon capabilities, this approach by our nation’s Secretary of Defense is not only short-sighted, but also extremely dangerous.

    Favors Dialogue with Terrorist Regimes and Groups – In 2009, Mr. Hagel stated his belief that the U.S. should negotiate with the regime of Bashir Al Assad of Syria. He has said the same about our nation’s approach to Hezbollah and Hamas. Further, in 2009, Mr. Hagel sent a letter to the President stating that Israel must begin open negotiations with Hamas.

    Hostile Toward Israel – There are numerous examples of Mr. Hagel’s hostility toward Israel and the Jewish-American community. He has stated that the “Jewish Lobby” is a problem on Middle East issues, and in 1999 he was the only member of the U.S. Senate not to sign a letter condemning growing anti-Semitism in Russia. As yet another example of his views on Israel, in 2006, when Hezbollah entered Israel, killed two Israeli soldiers, and fired thousands of rockets on Northern Israel, only one Senator—Chuck Hagel—publicly admonished Israel for defending itself.

    Supports Abolishment of Nuclear Weapons – At a globally dangerous period, Mr. Hagel endorses Global Zero, a movement that seeks the abolition of nuclear weapons. In fact, according to a recent AP article by Robert Burns, Chuck Hagel “would be the first to enter the Pentagon as a public advocate for sharply reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons—possibly without equivalent cuts by Russia.”
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    Meh, if God himself were nominated, I'm sure the conservative pundits would find something negative to say about God's performance.
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    Wow. he could have been a contestant on are you smarter than a third grader.... He would've lost but he could have been a contestant.. what a dumbass... I mean you would really have to be a moron even put this guy up for secretary position.
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    After reading today's Albuquerque Journal, I had to laugh. New Mexico Congressional Representatives only concerns about Hagel is whether or not he will close any of the military installations in New Mexico. They're only worried about PORK not about what kind of a Secretary of Defense he would make. I only ask? Is it a good idea to appoint someone who is such a polarizing figure even in his OWN country? Don't you think that people in foreign countries read our newspapers, listen and watch our news programs?
    If a significant number of Americans can't get behind Hagel, what makes us think people of foreign nations will?
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