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Posted on 12/23/2012 5:08:40 PM PST by Sub-Driver
White House Wavers on Hagel, Considers Others for Defense By Michael Hirsh | National Journal 5 hrs ago
Besieged by criticism from right and left, and considerable skepticism from his former Senate colleagues, Chuck Hagel appears to be following the path of Susan Rice as a trial-balloon nominee who finds himself quickly losing altitude in Washington. And as happened with Rice, the White House is now signaling that it may soon puncture Hagel's hopes.
Just as occurred with Rice, the U.N. ambassador whose prospective nomination as secretary of Stateleaked to the mediaflamed out in the face of widespread criticism of her, President Obama appears to be rethinking his choice for Defense secretary.
A senior administration official told National Journal on Sunday that it was fair to say Obama is considering candidates other than Hagel for Defense secretary, in particular Michele Flournoy, who was under secretary of Defense for policy in Obama's first term, and Ashton Carter, the current deputy Defense secretary. Only a week ago, Bloomberg News reported that Hagel was Obamas top choice.
The White House's revised characterization of Hagels standing came after what was, for the former Republican senator, a particularly discouraging series of comments on the Sunday-morning talk shows. Outgoing Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent, told CNNs State of the Union that it would be a very tough confirmation process, while on NBCs Meet the Press, Hagels former fellow Republican in the Senate, Lindsey Graham, said Hagels would be a challenging nomination. Graham added: I dont think hes going to get many Republican votes.
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No need to call the bus. It’s become a permanent fixture there. Windows are dirty, tires semi-flat, but lots of room left yet underneath.
Stinks a bit too, but that goes with the territory.
Nominate Weasley Clarke, he’d fit run in with the current regime.
Was thinking that “she who will not be named” and Kerry would make a good pair.
This is all a tempest in the proverbial teapot. Does it really matter who holds the office of Secretary of Defense or State? The left wing policies of the Obama clown parade will go forward regardless who holds those offices. Doubt even Obama would be influenced by a dolt like John Kerry or care what Hagel or anyone like him says at Cabinet meetings.The people who hold those offices are there as window dressing and sacrificial lambs to go under the bus if something “embarrassing” were to happen.
IIRC, Hagel is anti-gay. Good for him!!
Panetta is not one of my favorite people, but I agree with you, based on Panetta's actions as the only decent member of Obama's cabinet and his performance under Bill Clinton.
0bamugabe’s nominations are like a Whack-A-Mole game. LOL
Democratic Party financier George Soros, who puts much of the blame for Islamic terrorists on America and former president George W. Bush, can celebrate his first foothold inside the Pentagon.Congress should know exactly where its advice is coming from; while Flournoy moves her lips, George Soros does the talking.
It is in the person of Rosa Brooks, far-left former Los Angeles Times columnist. She was once counsel to billionaire Soros' Open Societies Institute, whose funding arm bankrolls a number of hard-left pressure groups, such as MoveOn.org. MoveOn.org, of course, is the Washington outfit that smeared Gen. David Petraeus as a betrayer of his country, and depicted Bush in a Web ad as Adolph Hitler.
Brooks, who has also likened Bush to Hitler and claims the former president is "psychotic" and "fanatical," will not be a minor player. The Pentagon's No. 3 official and top policymaker, Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, has selected Brooks as a "principal adviser."
Obama will choose another nominee who also hates Israel, but isn’t so obvious about the fact.
And Brooks worked for Honjou Koh, the pro Sharia lawyer and transnationalist now at the State Department....----- 7 posted on Monday, August 08, 2011 7:02:20 PM by thouworm
We need to flame John F’n Kerry. (He was in Vietnam you know).
from a REAL Vietnam Veteran 1968-69. VAW-116 aboard USS Coral SEA CVA-43
Then that’s who we’ll get. Soros is the Grifter running The Great Con. It’s hard to understand, but Obama and the Clintons are just Shills (assistants) to the Grifter. Soros is making big bucks off of setting the Middle East on fire. He’s using Obama and the Clintons for cover.
I nominate Barney “All Beef” Frank. He can mobilize the
All Amazon Dykes on Bikes to defend our homeland since
our traditional military will be a thing of the past.
I agree with you. He is no Cheney or Rumsfeld. BUT, he comes across as a giant among men because the rest of the Obama crowd in power is so, so, so much worse.
He already tried to walk back that comment in typical Chuck Hagel fashion.
At least this guy would be harmless instead of malicious.
I was thinking Quanell X.
Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. Any one of three would keep Bronco’s circle intact.
How about Van Jones? Or Michael Moore.