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  • Chuck Hagel: White House pressured me to approve more Gitmo releases

    01/31/2015 10:14:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Chuck Hagel has only about a week to go on his tenure as Secretary of Defense, and CNN’s Barbara Starr finds out that a man on the verge of retirement doesn’t have a lot of reason to keep his mouth shut. Hagel makes it clear, although still with some caution, that the Obama administration put pressure on him to increase the frequency of releases from the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. In doing so, Hagel has handed the new Republican majority on the Senate Armed Services Committee a perfect opening to demand answers on Barack Obama’s efforts to empty...
  • Outgoing US Defense Secretary Hagel Warns of Limits of Military Power

    01/23/2015 10:54:37 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 1-24-2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    You cannot impose your will, you cant impose your values, you cant impose your standards, your institutions on other societies and other countries. It has never worked; it never will work, as noble as you believe [the effort] is, he is quoted as saying. This conclusion is partially based on his experience as an infantry soldier in the Vietnam War, as he explains: The violence, the horrors, the suffering that I saw [in Vietnam] conditioned me I saw the suffering of our own troops; I saw the suffering of the Vietnamese people; I saw terrible things, which war always...
  • Beyond marriage, challenges ahead for gay rights groups (no agenda, eh?)

    01/01/2015 6:10:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2015 4:23 PM EST | David Crary
    Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories. In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. However, Republicans will control both chambers in the new Congress, and there is no sign that GOP leaders will help the bills advance. Absent such a federal law, activists will seek to pass more nondiscrimination laws at the state and local levels, but some...
  • Ayotte discusses immigration, Ferguson chaos

    It has been a busy few weeks in Washington lately, from the president's executive order on immigration to the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (SNIP) Ayotte said she also believes the president's executive order on immigration last week was a mistake. "Right now, as someone who wants to solve this problem, I think it makes it more difficult to address the underlying immigration problem, and he should not have acted unilaterally," she said.
  • Defense Secretary Favorite Ash Carter Wanted To Bomb North Korea In 2006

    12/07/2014 5:39:18 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Armin Rosen
    Defense Secretary Favorite Ash Carter Wanted To Bomb North Korea In 2006 Armin Rosen Dec 2, 2014, 11.25 PM Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, is largely known as a behind-the-scenes player, a thinker and manager rather than a public agitator. This low profile is arguably one of Carter's top selling points. After Hagel's troubled reign at the Pentagon, which ended in a highly public falling out with the White House over policy in the Middle East and accusations of laziness and dysfunction, it's prudent for the president to want a respected...
  • Soldier Hagel takes the fall for John Kerry

    12/05/2014 5:31:27 AM PST · by luke1825 · 11 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 12/4/2014 | peter lucas
    What if Barak Obama fired the wrong guy? What if he meant to dump John Kerry, but because of a teleprompter breakdown fired Chuck Hagel instead? Stuff happens, you know. And to a lot of people around Obama, the two men resembled one another -- friends of Obama, decorated Vietnam war veterans, former U.S. senators, well-educated white guys, and so on. So the confusion is understandable. I mean it was Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna who deserved
  • As Democratic infighting intensifies, Hagel allies fire back at the White House

    11/30/2014 3:41:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/30/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Among Democrats, fighting is breaking out all over. The Senate’s third-ranking Democrat, Chuck Schumer (D-NY), is hurling criticisms toward the White House over Barack Obama’s handling of the recession and his myopic and politically ruinous obsession with reforming the nation’s health care system amid that economic downturn.In response, the White House took what Reuters called the “unusual step” of publicly pledging to veto an overdue plan to reform the nation’s tax code which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has been in the process of negotiating with House Republicans. When Obama announced his intention to extend legal status to...
  • Hagel Dismissed, But Not Missed

    11/26/2014 9:01:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Nearly two years ago, these writers urged President Obama to “Chuck Hagel.” Today, it seems, the hapless Secretary of Defense is on his way out. We wish him no ill. And we certainly don’t rejoice in his forced resignation. The timing of his dismissal could hardly be worse. It comes on the eve of another “deadline” in our dealings with an Iran bent on acquiring nuclear weapons. Secretary Hagel never overcame his stumbling debut. A recent poll of national security personnel gave him an abysmal 26% approval rating. And while we...
  • I Went Halfway Around the World with Chuck Hageland All I Learned Was That He Was Doomed

    11/26/2014 6:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    TNR ^ | 11/26/2014 | By Reid Cherlin
    Last August, I flew halfway around the world with Chuck Hagel to try to see what made him tick, and why hed been chosen as Secretary of Defense at such an unsettled, seemingly crucial period for our national security. I watched Hagel in bilateral meetings with Southeast Asian ministers of defense, and I watched him take questions from American marines in Hawaii. I saw him in a bathing suit (hes an avid morning lap-swimmer), and I saw him in a business suit, and I saw him in leisurewear on the interminable flights across the Pacific. I interviewed him twice, generating...
  • How Big of a Problem Is Susan Rice?

    11/26/2014 5:39:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 53 replies
    Commentary ^ | 11.25.2014 | Seth Mandel
    Chuck Hagels unceremonious dismissal as secretary of defense has refocused attention, once again, on the insularity of President Obamas inner circle, its suspicion of outside voices, and its distaste for dissent. But it has changed in one way: this time, the concerns about secrecy, enforced groupthink, and high school clique behavior dont center on Valerie Jarrett. Instead, the name that keeps surfacing is that of National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Its true that this isnt the first time were hearing of the toxic atmosphere and mismanagement at Rices National Security Council. But its striking how clearly the battle lines appear...
  • Did pressure on Gitmo releases doom Hagel?

    11/25/2014 5:11:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s no secret that Barack Obama wants to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, although his zeal for the project has often been questioned. Obama’s first action as President consisted of a directive to close the prison, but almost six years later, it’s still in operation — and relatively popular, at least in contrast with the alternatives. Obama has embarked on a strategy to close Gitmo through default by emptying it of its detainees, but there has been one impediment to that strategy. Congress requires the Secretary of Defense to attest that any released detainees pose no threat...
  • Michle Flournoy Takes Herself Out of Running for Top Pentagon Job

    11/25/2014 4:54:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 11/25/2014 | BY JOHN HUDSON , YOCHI DREAZEN
    Michle Flournoy, widely seen as the front-runner to replace Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, abruptly took herself out of the running for the job Tuesday, complicating what will be one of the most important personnel decisions of President Barack Obama's second term. Flournoy, the co-founder and CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a think tank that has served as a farm league for future Obama administration officials, would have been the first female secretary of defense had she risen to the position. The news of her decision to withdraw was first reported by...
  • Hagel Didn't Start the Fire

    11/25/2014 2:18:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | November 25, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam war veteran and the lone Republican on Obama's national security team, has been fired. And John McCain's assessment is dead on. Hagel, he said, "was never really brought into that real tight circle inside the White House that makes all the decisions which has put us into the incredible debacle that we're in today throughout the world." Undeniably, U.S. foreign policy is in a shambles. But what were the "decisions" that produced the "incredible debacle"? Who made them? Who supported them? The first would be George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq, a war...
  • Lets Put the White House on Lockdown (Yesssssssssssssss)

    11/25/2014 12:51:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | November 25, 2014 | John Ransom
    Forget shutting down the government. Lock down the White House instead. This morning a news story alerted me to the fact that an Army base in Texas was on lockdown after a suspicious vehicle was found.“A lockdown was ordered at a U.S. Army base in San Antonio on Sunday night in what a military spokesman described as a ‘high-security incident,’” reported Reuters, “while adding there was no threat.”But since a vehicle was involved one can assume a bomb was suspected. Since an arrest was made, perhaps more than suspected. Similarly tensions are high in Ferguson Missouri, after a combination of...
  • Military Hates White House Micromanagement of ISIS War

    11/01/2014 7:36:15 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 31 Oct 14 | Josh Rogin and Eli Lake
    The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obamas war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on. Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army. As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained...
  • Is Hagels resignation a first sign of the administrations implosion?

    11/24/2014 10:24:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/24/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The White House’s defenders will attempt to knock down claims that Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel’s resignation is loaded with implications for the future of this administration. Cabinet officials come and go, they’ll note, but this White House has made a point of standing by its embattled figures. Former Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius resigned in Aril of this year, well after the controversy surrounding the botched debut of Some speculated that the delay was an intentional effort to disassociate her resignation from the controversy that likely hastened it. Similarly, the political press was shocked when Obama...

    11/24/2014 7:51:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/24/2014 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama is about to dismiss Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The reason given? That the White House recognized that "the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ." In other words: Hagel was brought on to downgrade the military radically, but now the military turns out to be necessary, after all. Yet that cannot be the only reason, absent any sign that Obama is committing to a sudden, steep increase in the defense budget, and reversing the non-sequester...
  • Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down as Defense Chief Under Pressure

    11/24/2014 6:26:14 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 124 replies ^ | November 24, 2014 | Helene Cooper
    WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obamas Democratic majority in the Senate and a beleaguered national security team that has struggled to stay ahead of an onslaught of global crises. The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagels resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask his defense secretary the sole Republican on his national security team to step down last Friday after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said.
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man

    11/20/2014 5:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Ronald Reagan: The American Spirit by U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel

    06/10/2004 11:29:55 AM PDT · by ambrose · 9 replies · 279+ views
    Article Posted: 06/10/2004 7:49:53 AM Ronald Reagan: The American Spirit by U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel June 10, 2004 On January 20th, 1981, Ronald Reagan, after being sworn in as the 40th President of the United States, looked out over the Mall and addressed the nation. He told us that the challenges of our day required: "Our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with Gods help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us. And, after all, why shouldnt we believe...
  • Rand Paul Explains His Surprise Vote For Chuck Hagel (1 of only 4 Republicans to vote for)

    02/26/2013 3:29:41 PM PST · by Corporate Democrat · 124 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Rosie Gray
    WASHINGTON Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said his support for a filibuster against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel never meant that he would vote against Hagel's confirmation. "I voted no because I wanted more information and I think that part of what the Senate does is try to get information about the nominees," Paul told reporters in the basement of the Capitol after Hagel's confirmation Tuesday. "I've said all along that I give the president some prerogative in choosing his political appointees." "There are many things I disagree with Chuck Hagel on, there are many things I disagree with John Kerry...
  • Possible Defense Nominee Faulted for Record on Gays

    12/20/2012 11:25:08 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec 21 2012 | Mark Landler
    Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska senator on President Obamas short list for defense secretary, came under fire again on Thursday, this time for his record on gay rights and remarks he made 14 years ago about an openly gay nominee for a diplomatic post. Since Mr. Hagels name emerged as a candidate for the Pentagon last week, he has been sharply criticized for his record on Iran, Israel and militant groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as comments he made about pro-Israel lobbying groups in Washington. The new round of criticism is focused on comments Mr. Hagel made in...
  • Sen. Hagel Is At It Again

    08/30/2004 10:31:21 AM PDT · by miloklancy · 35 replies · 2,201+ views
    Omaha World Herald ^ | August 30, 2004 | Jake Thompson
    Sen. Hagel chides Bush, Kerry BY JAKE THOMPSON WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER NEW YORK - Sen. Chuck Hagel admonished both of the 2004 candidates for president in a speech Monday to Iowa's delegates to the Republican National Convention. Sen. Chuck Hagel Hagel said the candidates, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., have hurt the political process by focusing on division rather than unity in the flap over Kerry's service 30 years ago in Vietnam. "We've got to unite America. We've got to bring this country together in common purpose," the Nebraska Republican told about 70 Iowa delegates, alternates and party...
  • Hagel: McCain Treading On Very Thin Ground (Hagel, STFU and get out of the party!)

    07/27/2008 12:36:46 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 57 replies · 114+ views
    CBS ^ | 7/27/2008 | cbs
    Sen. Chuck Hagel, who accompanied Sen. Barack Obama on his trip to South Asia and Iraq last week, criticized the McCain campaign for its latest television ad attacking the Democratic candidate. The ad blasts Obama for not visiting wounded troops during his visit to Germany. Obama has said he chose not to cancel a visit to a military hospital there after consultations with the Pentagon, due to concerns that such a visit might be seen as using wounded troops for political purposes. The McCain ad, which contains footage of Obama bouncing a basketball before U.S. military personnel in Kuwait, implied...
  • A message for the prez - Sen. Chuck Hagel has some unvarnished advice for George W. Bush

    05/22/2004 4:57:58 PM PDT · by areafiftyone · 37 replies · 301+ views
    U.S. News ^ | 5/22/04
    Battered by the bad news out of Iraq, President George W. Bush decided it was time to stiffen the spines of some anxious Republicans on Capitol Hill last week. So he went to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue and held an hourlong pep rally in a basement conference room at the Capitol. Many of the 200 House and Senate Republicans in attendance emerged to say they were reassured. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander called it "choir practice." But not for Chuck Hagel. The 57-year-old Republican senator from Nebraska said the appearance by the president left more than a little to...
  • Obama: "I released the Taliban because Screw You."

    06/10/2014 9:20:18 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 97 replies
    Original Content | 6/10/2014 | By Laz A. Mataz
    With regards to the release of five deadly Taliban generals for one deserter Islam-sympathizing US soldier, the excuse machine has become more and more ludicrous by the day. First Bowe Bergdahl's health was in danger. Next, we heard that Bergdahl was a soldier who served with honor and distinction,, so we had to rescue him.Next, we heard that platoon members who knew Bergdahl, and who criticizing him, were 'Swiftboating' him.Next, we were told that Bergdahls fellow soldiers may be psychopaths. Next, Obama fell back on the old, tired, 'racism/everyone hates me' card.Then, we were told by Obama that he has...
  • Israel requests six-aircraft V-22 purchase

    01/15/2014 6:47:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/15/2013 | ARIE EGOZI
    Israel is advancing with its plans to field the Bell Boeing V-22 tiltrotor transport, with its acquisition of a six-strong fleet to be worth more than $1 billion. New details of the planned purchase were disclosed by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 13 January, in a notification to Congress. The government of Israel's request includes six aircraft in a "V-22B Block C" configuration, with these to be optimised for search and rescue and special operations duties, the DSCA says. Also counting related aircraft equipment, support services and personnel training, "the estimated cost is $1.13 billion", it adds....
  • Ted Cruz Takes Stand Against Gun Control and Hagel in "No Compromise" Strategy

    01/08/2013 10:30:29 AM PST · by Red Steel · 17 replies
    Fox Latino ^ | January 07, 2013
    Watch full video interview above. Freshman Republican Senator Ted Cruz is the newest Texan in the Senate and so far he has not been shy to criticize Washington. In a 12-minute interview on Fox News Sunday, Cruz said he does not believe in compromise in D.C. He also said he will not support the confirmation of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary, and is adamantly against current gun control proposals and the fiscal cliff deal, which he called a "lousy deal." During a time in which the Republican Party seems to be in search of a new identity,...
  • Hagel: Some see impeachment as option

    03/25/2007 11:28:24 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 79 replies · 1,783+ views
    Hagel: Some see impeachment as option By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer 22 minutes ago With his go-it-alone approach on Iraq, President Bush is flouting Congress and the public, so angering lawmakers that some consider impeachment an option over his war policy, a senator from Bush's own party said Sunday. Meanwhile, the Senate's No. 2 Republican leader harshly criticized House Democrats for setting an "artificial date" for withdrawing troops from Iraq and said he believes Republicans have enough votes to prevent passage of a similar bill in the Senate. "We need to put that kind of decision in the hands...
  • Hagel expects an OK on immigration bill

    11/10/2006 4:23:47 PM PST · by jamesrichards · 150 replies · 2,244+ views
    Omaha World Herald. ^ | November 10, 2006
    Hagel expects an OK on immigration bill Sen. Chuck Hagel predicted Wednesday that the new Congress will pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill in the next session. The Nebraska Republican had strongly criticized his fellow GOP lawmakers in September for failing to update immigration law. He said then that it would cost them in the midterm elections.
  • Hagel throws Obama under bus over Bergdahl White House tried to pin swap scandal on Defense chief

    06/11/2014 7:31:03 AM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    WND ^ | 6/11/14
    WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel apparently isnt going to let the Obama administration throw him under the bus in the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl scandal. In fact, you could say just the opposite. In his opening statement this morning at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee, Hagel made a point of saying it was President Obama who made the final decision to swap Bergdahl for five top Taliban leaders, with the full support of his national security team.
  • Hagel sounds alarm over Iraq

    06/26/2005 5:54:23 AM PDT · by hipaatwo · 171 replies · 3,800+ views
    GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - More than 200 Nebraska American Legion members, who have seen war and conflict themselves, fell quiet here Saturday as Sen. Chuck Hagel bluntly explained why he believes that the United States is losing the war in Iraq. Sen. Chuck Hagel addresses more than 200 Nebraska American Legion members in Grand Island on Saturday. It took 20 minutes, but it boiled down to this: The Bush team sent in too few troops to fight the war leading to today's chaos and rising deaths of Americans and Iraqis. Terrorists are "pouring in" to Iraq. Basic living standards are...
  • ZOA To President: Rescind Appointment Of Anti-Israel, Anti-Sanctions Hagel To Intelligence Panel

    10/30/2009 5:49:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies · 309+ views
    IMRA ^ | 10-30-09
    ZOA To President Obama: Rescind Appointment Of Anti-Israel, Anti-Iran Sanctions Fmr. Sen. Hagel To Intelligence Panel For annotated version NEWS RELEASE Zionist Organization of America Jacob & Libby Goodman ZOA House, 4 East 34th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016 (212) 481-1500 Fax: (212) 481-1515 October 29, 2009 Contact Morton A. Klein at: 917-974-8795 or 212-481-1500 Attn: NEWS EDITOR ZOA TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: RESCIND APPOINTMENT OF ANTI-ISRAEL, ANTI-IRAN SANCTIONS FMR. SEN. HAGEL TO INTELLIGENCE PANEL The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has called upon President Barack Obama to rescind his appointment of retired anti-Israel, anti-Iran sanctions Republican Senator...
  • Hagel: Dissenter Or Realist?

    09/29/2004 10:07:32 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 30 replies · 2,008+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | September 28, 2004 | Jake Thompson
    WASHINGTON - Just the other day, Rush Limbaugh chided Sen. Chuck Hagel for saying that the United States is in "deep trouble" in Iraq. "I know he served a stint in Vietnam," the widely known conservative said on his radio show, "but . . . does it qualify him for expertise everywhere around the world?" Other Republicans piled on. Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, is a "traitor" and a "hand-wringer" who is undermining President Bush, they have said. Meanwhile, the Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, praised Hagel last week on "Late Night with David Letterman." Hagel has...
  • Senator Hagel's Visit

    05/05/2005 5:52:33 AM PDT · by crushkerry · 10 replies · 427+ views
    NH Insider ^ | 5/5/05 | Patrick Hynes (freeper)
    I would like to start off by thanking the proprietors of this site for including me. As NH Insider becomes an increasingly indispensable source for news and comment on the New Hampshire political scene, I am thrilled to be part of its expansion. I look forward to many good fights over the key issues of the day. I would like to use my first post to discuss Sen. Chuck Hagels (R-NE) recent visit to the Granite State, as John DiStaso describes in some detail in this mornings Granite Status. I did not have the pleasure of seeing Sen. Hagel yesterday,...
  • Brit Rains Blows on Hagel, Kerry

    01/28/2007 8:17:37 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 60 replies · 3,179+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's turning out to be quite a day for pugilistics. Earlier, I noted how Hillary threatened to "deck" her opponents. Now, just about a month to the day after the holiday is observed by the Brits, Brit Hume celebrated a personal Boxing Day of his own. On this morning's Fox News Sunday, the FNC's DC managing editor landed some heavy body blows on Chuck Hagel and John Kerry. Alluding to Hagel's self-righteous soliloquy about the war in Iraq, Hume unleashed this right cross: "Poor Chuck Hagel, who is getting grandiloquent about voting for a legislatively meaningless Senate resolution and...
  • This Hagel hearing is a disaster: Liberals take to Twitter to slam Hagel

    01/31/2013 10:13:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Wash Free Beacon ^ | 1/31/13 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Distraught by his poor performance in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, liberals viciously turned on Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel on social media.
  • Hagel, Bruning angling for right (2008 Nebraska Senate race)

    04/30/2007 9:25:14 AM PDT · by Hat-Trick · 27 replies · 1,031+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | April 28, 2007 | ROBYNN TYSVER
    Hagel, Bruning angling for right BY ROBYNN TYSVER WORLD-HERALD BUREAU LINCOLN - If Jon Bruning and Chuck Hagel tangle in a GOP primary fight next spring, both may have trouble with the right flank of the Nebraska Republican Party. Party loyalty - a virtue prized by staunch Republicans - poses trouble for both. Hagel has angered many Republicans in Nebraska for his unabashed criticism of President Bush and the Iraq war. That anger rose substantially with Hagel's recent comments that impeachment of the president was an "option," even though he quickly clarified that it isn't an option he supports. "I...
  • Blind Squirrel Chuck Hagel Finds a Nut on Social Security Reform

    03/07/2005 10:19:16 AM PST · by crushkerry · 46 replies · 708+ views (formerly ^ | 3/7/05 | (formerly
    We're not huge fans of Nebraska RINO, and 2008 Presidential Contender, Senator Chuck Hagel. However, he deserves credit for coming out with a proposal for Social Security reform that sounds, believe it or not, pretty conservative. Surprisingly the proposal being offered by Hagel is fairly similar to the proposals outlined by President Bush. Hagel's plan recognizes the populace's longer life expectancy and would raise the retirement age to 68, and would raise the retirement age to 68, and reduce benefits for anyone retiring before that age. More importantly, he is proposing that workers under 45 be permitted to divert up...
  • GOP's Sen. Chuck Hagel: 'We're a Bunch of Democrats'

    07/04/2005 9:04:08 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 107 replies · 2,469+ views
    newsmax ^ | July 4, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    Reprinted from Monday, July 4, 2005 10:48 a.m. EDTGOP's Sen. Chuck Hagel: 'We're a Bunch of Democrats' Thanks to GOP-backed spending policies, Republicans have transformed themselves into the Party across the aisle, an often dissident Republican senator says. "In terms of the deficit, we have blown the top right off," charged Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb). "We're a bunch of Democrats." In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times, he responded to Deborah Solomon's remark that she had never heard anyone call President Bush a Democrat. Hagel said "That's my point. We're less honest about it. We built the...
  • He's Got Guts: In praise of Chuck Hagel. (Peggy Noonan finally jumps the shark!)

    01/25/2007 9:14:42 PM PST · by quidnunc · 151 replies · 3,525+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | January 26, 2007 | Peggy Noonan
    We all complain, and with justice, about the falseness of much that is said in Washington, and the cowardice that leaves a great deal unsaid. But I found myself impressed and grateful for the words of Chuck Hagel, the Republican senator from Nebraska, in a meeting of the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. Because his message was not one Republicans or Democrats would find congenial, it may be accidentally dropped down the memory hole, so I'll quote at some length. The committee was nearing a vote on what was, essentially, an announcement of no confidence in the administration's leadership in...
  • Hagel: This prisoner swap might produce peace negotiations with the Taliban

    06/01/2014 3:24:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 1, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Members of Congress erupted in outrage over the prisoner swap that traded five high-ranking Taliban officials from GITMO for American POW Bowe Bergdahl, the only US soldier known to be held by the Taliban. Appearing on NBCs Meet the Press, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended the decision to make the swap, arguing that Bergdahls life was in imminent danger and that the President has the exclusive authority to act in regard to prisoners captured in wartime. Well get back to that point in a moment, but Hagel also argued that this trade could produce negotiations long sought by the US...
  • Early Show "Balance": Ted Kennedy & Chuck Hagel Take Turns Bashing Bush Administration over Iraq

    09/09/2003 4:31:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies · 143+ views
    The Early Show - CBS
    When The Today Show chose to make a procedural move in the Kobe Bryant case the focus of its first segment this morning, I decided to flip to CBS' "Early Show" to see what they might be featuring. Sure enough, they were airing a segment on Iraq and Pres. Bush's $87 billion request to Congress to fund the war against terrorism. Harry Smith first interviewed Teddy Kennedy. In the space of 2 minutes, Kennedy found occasion to condemn W's policy in Iraq as a "disaster" or "disastrous" at least three times. And of course Teddy wrung his hands at the...
  • Hagel blasts states on same-sex benefits policy (Pvt Bagel is mad sodomites not treated "equal"

    10/31/2013 5:47:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies ^ | October 31, 2013 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits. "This is wrong," Hagel said in remarks prepared for delivery in New York.
  • Hagel's Parallels Between Iraq And Vietnam Are Inaccurate

    08/26/2005 5:42:01 AM PDT · by RepublicNewbie · 11 replies · 564+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | 08\26\2005 | Oliver L. North
    Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient, did support the war, and even advocated sending in more troops. But now he is calling for the administration to develop -- and publish -- an exit strategy. "We should start figuring out how we get out of there," Mr. Hagel said. "But with this understanding, we cannot leave a vacuum that further destabilizes the Middle East." Sen. Hagel, who is occasionally mentioned as a GOP presidential candidate in 2008, says our soldiers are getting bogged down in Iraq the way they did in Southeast Asia a...
  • What Do John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and John Brennan Have in Common?

    01/22/2013 5:33:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | January 22, 2013 | Morton A. Klein and Daniel Mandel
    President Obama spent his first term pushing from power long-standing Arab allies in Egypt and Tunisia; seeking to engage the now blood-soaked Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad; pulling his punches against Irans nuclear program; and putting daylight between his administration and Israel. Now for his second term, he has nominated for the highest posts bearing on the Middle East three figures who give the strongest indication we can expect much more of the same John Kerry for State, Chuck Hagel for Defense and John Brennan for the CIA. Kerry opposed Congress 2009 hold on appointing an ambassador to a regime...
  • Rush In a Hurry - Rush vs. The Media, and RINO Republican Chuck Hagel (11/19/08)

    11/19/2008 1:02:33 PM PST · by Vision · 9 replies · 861+ views
    Rush In A Hurry Show Notes ^ | 11/19/08 | Rush Limbaugh
    On Today’s Show... Chuck Hagel attacks the Leader of the Conservative Movement, Rush Limbaugh, and says if he has all the answers he should run for office. David Shuster and E.J. Dionne agree: more moderate Republicans are the answer. Yeah, it worked for McCain! Pearl of Wisdom: "I have an idea for Chuck Hagel. Senator Hagel, why don't you try being a talk show host? Since being a Senator and having people criticize you is so difficult, let's see if you can handle this arena." (Rush 24/7 Members: Listen Here) Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri copies Harry Belafonte and smears Obama as...
  • How Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Steals From His Soldiers

    01/11/2014 6:03:49 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 20 replies
    Military Watchdog ^ | 2 Jan 14 | Military Watchdog
    How Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Steals from His Soldiers That is a tough charge, not made lightly. The Secretary of Defense is stealing earned but deferred income from his soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. It is especially troubling because Hagel is a former Vietnam combat soldier and noncommissioned officer. He served in the infantry with valor and gallantry. He just stole $6 billion from his retiring or retired soldiers. No need to detail here the massive debt the nation has created and much of that from fighting mostly unfunded wars. No need to repeat the abundant and perpetual...
  • Hagel: Who says we have to win Iraq?

    03/31/2008 12:38:08 PM PDT · by april15Bendovr · 50 replies · 932+ views
    Press TV, Iran ^ | Sat, 29 Mar 2008 19:19:47
    Hagel: Who says we have to win Iraq? Sat, 29 Mar 2008 19:19:47 Republican Senator Chuck Hagel says some of the top politicians in Washington hold regrettable views on how the Iraq war should end. In a Thursday interview with CNN, Hagel criticized Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain for framing the situation in Iraq as one that the US must 'win'. "John (McCain), the President and the others have put the Iraqi situation in the wrong context. This isn't a win or lose," said Hagel. "We shouldn't frame this up as a win-or-lose because, when we do that - and this...
  • Republicans criticize Rice over Iraq, Iran, Hamas

    02/15/2006 10:29:50 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 28 replies · 1,034+ views
    AP ^ | February 15 2006
    Republican senators criticized the Bush administration Wednesday over its policies in Iraq, Iran and the Palestinian territories, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's first testimony on Capitol Hill in months exposed her to a tough grilling from some members of her own party. "I don't see, Madame Secretary, how things are getting better. I think they're getting worse in Iraq, they're getting worse in Iran," Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., told Rice as she appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Rice also had a tense exchange with moderate Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., over the pace of progress toward Israeli-Palestinian...