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  • Chuck Hagel Goes Full Fearmonger: "ISIS Poses Greater Threat Than 9/11, Prepare For Everything"

    08/21/2014 6:53:25 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-21-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/21/2014 US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks about the "imminent threat" ISIS poses to the US and the World.. .and pulls no punches in his total fearmongery..."ISIL poses a threat greater than 9/11. ISIL is as sophisticated and well funded as any group we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology with a sophisticated strategic and tactical military prowess and they're tremendously well-funded. This is way beyond anything we have seen. We must prepare for everything. Get Ready!" Time for some QE-funded deficit-busting war spending...
  • Obama, Hagel pay tribute to Robin Williams

    08/11/2014 10:48:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 12, 2014
    President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel paid tribute to actor and comedian Robin Williams Monday. Williams, 63, was found dead in his northern California home Monday and officials said it appeared to be a suicide. Obama said in a statement issued Monday night that Williams "arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit," referring to Williams' late 1970s role in the TV show "Mork and Mindy." The president was on vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
  • Pentagon Official: The Facts Are In, And Obama’s Policy Is A Direct Danger To The United States

    08/01/2014 10:16:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:42 PM 08/01/2014 | Joseph Miller
    The report is in, and the review of the president’s foreign policy is clear: If there is not an immediate course-reversal, the United States is in serious danger. In 2013, the United States Institute for Peace, “a congressionally-created, independent, nonpartisan institution whose mission is to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflicts around the world,” was asked to assist the National Defense Panel with reviewing the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The National Defense Panel is a congressional-mandated bipartisan commission that’s co-chairs were appointed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. On July 31, the National Defense Panel released its long-awaited report on...
  • Air Force command nominee is 1st woman, non-pilot

    07/17/2014 8:20:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation. The Pentagon announced this week that Air ForceLt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated for promotion to four-star general and as commander of Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force component of U.S. Pacific Command. It is a major combatant command whose air, ground and naval forces have broad responsibility for security in the Asia-Pacific region. Her nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation....
  • Search for Lois Lerner's lost emails leads to NSA

    07/17/2014 8:10:38 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Rebecca Kaplan
    The House Armed Services Committee has come up with a creative approach to look for emails from embattled former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner that were apparently lost in a computer crash: they're asking the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Department. The panel approved a resolution Wednesday authored by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, that directs the Secretary of Defense to send the House of Representatives "copies of any electronic communication in the possession of the Secretary, the Director of the National Security Agency, or any office that reports to the Secretary or the Director that was...
  • Hagel quietly notifies Congress of transfer of 6 Gitmo detainees

    07/16/2014 4:32:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/16/14 | Jessica Chasmar
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel quietly notified Congress last week that the military is set to transfer six Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Uruguay as soon as next month, The New York Times revealed Wednesday. The deal has been waiting for Mr. Hagel’s approval since March, but stalled after the Obama administration received a wave of backlash for releasing five Taliban detainees to Qatar in exchange for the release Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The administration did not give Congress 30-days notice in that deal, but argued it was still legal because any delay could have risked Sgt. Bergdahl’s life. Of the six...
  • New TV Ad from Gary Bauer Hits Thad Cochran for Supporting Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

    06/20/2014 9:45:05 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 1 replies
    Gary Bauer CWFPAC ^ | 6-20-14 | The Wolf
    A new TV ad by Gary Bauer's PAC, Campaign for Working Families, exposes Mississippi Senate candidate Thad Cochran for his support of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of State. Hagel has been a rubber stamp for Obama's disastrous foreign policy agenda.
  • Hagel orders US aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf

    06/14/2014 1:02:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 14, 2014 1:36 PM EDT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered an aircraft carrier—the USS George H.W. Bush—to move from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf as President Barack Obama considers possible military options for Iraq. Hagel’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, says the order will give the president added flexibility if military action is required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq. …
  • 2009 Chuck Hagel keynoted George Soros’ J-Street conference (prophetic)

    06/12/2014 7:44:47 AM PDT · by mgist · 3 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 1/29/13 | NA
    Yid with Lid has the down low on this, including the video: YWL – In 2009 Chuck Hagel was a keynote speaker to the J-Street Conference (J-Street is the fake pro-Israel group created by George Soros to give cover to anti-Israel activists). … Succumbing to the pressure, J-Street finally posted the video this afternoon. In viewing the video (30 Minutes long-embedded below) we learn that Hagel is a believer in the meme created by former Secretary of State James “F**K The Jews They Won’t Vote For Us Anyway” Baker as part of his Iraq study group. This falsehood is that...
  • In Bowe Bergdahl hearing, Chuck Hagel hedges the tough questions

    06/12/2014 5:37:52 AM PDT · by don-o · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 11, 2014 | Byron York
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is not a lawyer. He's not famous for lawyerly evasions. But when it came to a few of the most critical issues discussed at the House Armed Services Committee's hearing on the Bowe Bergdahl case Wednesday, Hagel was full of wiggle words. Actually, just one wiggle word -- "direct" -- but Hagel used it repeatedly to sow confusion about some key questions. The first question concerned the background of the five Taliban commanders traded by the Obama administration for the release of Bergdahl. Hagel sought to downplay the threat posed by freeing the five. "They've been...
  • How can Bowe Bergdahl be a POfWar if he ceased waging war and deserted?

    06/11/2014 9:47:07 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies
    6/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Bowe Bergdahl: a Prisoner of WAR, a deserter taken hostage by the Taliban or an enemy combatant? If it isn't the first of the three rather the second, why then are all cable news outlets describing this as a prisoner swap? Why aren't they calling this an enemy combatant ( Taliban 5)/deserter or a EC/deserter swap? If Bowe Bergdahl deserted, then would he have then as well forsake the military, and thus his uniform? Would Bowe Bergdahl then be an enemy combatant?
  • Hagel Admits Obama Ignored Law in Taliban Release ‘The trust has been broken’ between Congress

    06/11/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/11/14 | Adam Kredo
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel admitted that “the trust has been broken” between the White House and Congress following the Obama administration’s decision to skirt U.S. law and release five top Taliban leaders without first consulting with lawmakers. Hagel admitted to lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday that the administration unilaterally inked a deal with the Taliban to release five top prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp without first notifying Congress, as is legally mandated. The deal was signed “without providing 30 days notice to Congress,” as is required by law, Hagel told lawmakers before attempting to justify...
  • 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 isn’t 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.
  • U.S.-Taliban Prisoner Exchange [Hearing - Live Thread]

    06/11/2014 6:23:23 AM PDT · by don-o · 171 replies
    CSPAN ^ | June 11, 2014
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Defense Department General Counsel Stephen Preston testify on the release of five Taliban detainees in exchange for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
  • Hagel expected to defend Bergdahl swap before House committee Wednesday

    06/11/2014 2:46:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/11/14
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to defend the prisoner exchange that lead to the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he testifies before the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told The Associated Press that Hagel will explain to the committee that the Obama administration had a "very small, fleeting opportunity" to secure Bergdahl's release. Bergdahl was freed on May 31 after being held captive by the Taliban for almost five full years. Kirby's description of a small window for the agreement meshed with comments by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who told...
  • Obama, not Hagel, responsible for Bergdahl, says White House

    06/10/2014 5:30:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/10/14 | Justin Sink
    President Obama was responsible for the decision to swap five Taliban militants for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House said Tuesday. The White House sought to deflect charges from congressional Republicans that the administration was trying to pin blame on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for the trade. “The president's the commander in chief, and the president's the one that's ultimately responsible for making sure that we fulfill this commitment that we don't leave anybody behind,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. Earnest added that there was “no daylight between the president and any of his national security advisers...
  • ‘Fall guy’? Under fire, White House says Hagel ‘signed off’ on Taliban prisoner swap

    06/10/2014 2:01:43 PM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/10/14 | Justin Fishel
    The buck stops with the president. Or maybe it's the secretary of Defense. As the fallout grows over the controversial Taliban prisoner swap, White House officials are emphasizing that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was the one who "signed off" on the deal -- a move one Republican lawmaker suggested is an effort to shift blame. "I hope they're not just pushing him out to be a fall guy for this," Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., told Fox News. According to a congressional source, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken refused to answer directly when asked point-blank during a briefing with House...
  • Did bad decisions in DC kill troops on the ground in Afghanistan?

    06/10/2014 9:44:29 AM PDT · by Lacey · 25 replies
    allenwest.com ^ | 6/10/14 | LTC Allen West
    If we had a commander-in-chief who had served in the military, the following story would mean more than just a headline. According to a report by NBCnews.com, five U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan may have been the victims of a friendly-fire incident.The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said five of its servicemen had died Monday during a security operation in southern Afghanistan when their unit came in contact with enemy forces. “Tragically, there is the possibility that fratricide may have been involved,” ISAF said in a statement. “The incident is under investigation.” The soldiers were members of U.S. special forces...
  • New WH spin on Taliban 5 swap: Hey, it was Hagel’s call (under the bus!)

    06/10/2014 9:08:35 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    Old and busted: The Taliban 5 swap was a demonstration of authority by a Commander in Chief who isn’t afraid to act and make the final decision. New hotness: Hey, Chuck Hagel had the final call on the swap!
  • Obama Administration: Bergdahl Was Chuck Hagel's Call

    06/10/2014 7:55:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 06/10/2014 | BY MICHAEL WARREN
    The last question asked at Monday night's closed-door briefing of members of the House of Representatives was a simple one: Who made the decision to transfer five top Taliban officials held at Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for the return of the Taliban's lone American POW, Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl? According to Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services committee, the Obama administration's briefers told he gathered House members that the person responsible for the decision to make the deal was not President Obama but Chuck Hagel, the secretary of defense. "Now wait a minute, are you...
  • White House: Hagel, not Obama, made final decision to swap Bergdahl

    06/09/2014 4:52:21 PM PDT · by Tea Party Terrorist · 263 replies
    CNN ^ | June 9, 2014 | Erin Burnett
    Classified #Bergdahl briefing just finished. WH officials say Secy. Hagel made the final call on #Bergdahl swap.
  • Former Defense Secretary Reveals Disturbing Truth Behind the Bergdahl Deal (This rips Obama)

    06/06/2014 12:30:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 6, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Former Defense Secretary (and former CIA chief) Leon Panetta has offered his first public comments on the Obama deal in which the US released five top Taliban commanders for one US soldier accused of desertion. Panetta says that he opposed the deal and “assumed that it was never going to happen.” “I don’t fault the administration for wanting to get him back. I do question whether the conditions are in place to make sure these terrorists don’t go back into battle,” former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a gas industry gathering in Pittsburgh. Panetta, who was...
  • Decision to free U.S. soldier Bergdahl was unanimous: Hagel (believed soldier's life "in peril")

    06/05/2014 12:39:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/5/14 | Michael Holden and Belinda Goldsmith - Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the decision to strike a deal with the Taliban for the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was unanimous in the White House as it was believed that the soldier's life was "in peril". Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special operations forces in Afghanistan on Saturday after five years in captivity in exchange for the transfer of five senior Taliban members from Guantanamo prison in Cuba to Qatar. It provoked criticism from some lawmakers in Congress who were angry that U.S. President Barack Obama's administration had not alerted them in advance,...
  • Hagel Hopes Terrorist Swap will Help ‘Peace Process,’ Taliban Laughs

    06/05/2014 4:38:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies
    tpnn.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | Todd Cefaratti
    This Administration is a joke. An absolute joke. As a supposed defense of the decision to release five terrorists to gain one American who at best was a deserter and at worst was a Taliban sympathizer, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel pointed to the release of these prisoners as hopeful sign that terrorist will now engage in the peace process. They won’t. They’re terrorists. The five high-ranking terrorists were held in Guantanamo Bay as they were “high-risk” terrorists who posed a threat to the United States. However, seemingly favoring a terrorist catch-and-release policy, the weakest administration in history traded the...
  • Will Chuck Hagel Tell Susan Rice Not To Praise Bergdahl Until All The Facts Are In?

    06/05/2014 8:39:06 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    6/5/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Susan Rice, United States National Security Advisor under the Obama administration, said that Bowe Bergdahl 'served the United States with honor and distinction.' Sounds like praise to me. But Chuck Hagel, who said very recently that Americans should not pre-judge Bowe Bergdahl, seems to take one line with - I guess "regular" Americans - and another with Susan Rice. Hmmm... Should Hagel and Rice both say that Bowe Bergdahl should be neither judged nor praised until all the facts are in? Funny how some WH aides can accuse Bergdahl's fellow soldiers of 'swift boating,' but won't tell people to not...
  • Here's What Happens When You Play Politics with the Bergdahl Swap

    06/04/2014 5:30:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 4, 2014 | Ron Fournier
    What if the White House had chosen a low-key announcement of the Bowe Bergdahl swap?The best measure of whether President Obama cut a smart deal to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is what happens to the five Guantanamo Bay terrorists he traded away. Do they go (a) into retirement; (b) into battle against the United States; (c) or into five cold graves? The rest of what you're hearing about the swap is politics – thinly disguised as a legal and foreign policy debate. Unless you can predict the future, the smart move on such a complex story is to avoid an...
  • Crickets: Troops React With Silence to Sec. Hagel's 'Happy' News About Bergdahl's Release

    06/04/2014 12:42:56 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06-03-2014 | Debra Heine
    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with members of the special operations team who participated in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in Afghanistan, Sunday. He also spoke before a large group of US troops in a Bagram Air Field hangar, and when he announced the "happy" news about Bergdahl, he was met with complete silence. "This is a happy day. We got one of our own back," Hagel said cheerfully. *Crickets*
  • Idaho Mayor Doesn't Want Bergdahl Pre-Judged Until All Facts Are In. No Pre-Praise, Too?

    06/03/2014 6:47:42 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 25 replies
    6/3/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    I mean, we shouldn't have a "rush to judgment" and pre-praise him...right? Hailey, Idaho Mayor, Fritz Haemmerle released a written statement Monday urging people not to judge Bowe Bergdahl until all the facts are in, given that there are opposing sides to this issue. Does that also mean that since there are opposing sides that Bergdahl shouldn't be pre-praised either until all the facts are in? But how can all of the facts come in if Obama is going to hamper an investigation from occuring?
  • Which undesirables will the Obama adm. be willing to use third parties to swap U.S. soldiers for?

    06/02/2014 7:27:18 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 19 replies
    6/2/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    Does the WH believe that all terrorists are equal, it's just some terrorists are more equal or rather worse than others? If the Obama administration is willing to use third parties (such as Qatar) to procure the release of individuals such as Bergdahl, and in the process, undesirables such as the 5 GITMO detainees are released, then the issue isn't the use of third parties, the issue(s) rather are which terrorists will the WH consider for release/swapping? If the WH says that they won't ever swap Al Qaeda for U.S. soldiers because AQ are terrorists (and they are terrorists --...
  • Bob Bergdahl Praises Allah & Obama Hugs Him … Update: Praises Son’s Work to Help Afghan People(?)

    06/01/2014 10:20:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 1, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Yesterday, Jani Bergdahl and Bob Bergdahl, the parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, were invited to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC. Bob Bergdahl spoke about the release of his son Bowe. Then he praised Allah and Obama hugged him.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sgt. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. The Daily Caller reported: At the end of brief event, the soldier’s father, Bob Bergdahl, recited the most frequent phrase in the Koran — “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” —which means “In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Compassionate.” After Bergdahl finished his...
  • Bob Bergdahl now tweeting for more Guantanamo releases [Dad of kid who was released for Taliban]

    06/01/2014 7:08:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    twitchy ^ | 6/1/14
    Only hours after appearing at a press conference to give thanks for the freeing of his POW son in exchange for five top Taliban leaders, Bob Bergdahl returned to Twitter to promote a Guardian video in which family members lobby for the release of five Tunisians held at Guantanamo Bay. Earlier, Bergdahl had apparently deleted a tweet reading, “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners.”
  • 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 NBC’s Meet the Press, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended the decision to make the swap, arguing that Bergdahl’s life was in imminent danger and that the President has the exclusive authority to act in regard to prisoners captured in wartime. We’ll get back to that point in a moment, but Hagel also argued that this trade could produce negotiations long sought by the US...
  • Bergdahl release raises questions over security, congressional authority

    06/01/2014 2:21:37 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Followup by David Sherfinski, The Washington Times of story on Hagel not negotiating.As a prisoner of war in Afghanistan was transferred back to U.S. custody, Republicans challenged the Obama administration’s insistence it did not negotiate with terrorists in securing the soldier’s release and say the move was illegal and could embolden terrorists around the globe. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorists in the process of exchanging the transfer of five terrorism suspects for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. “We didn’t negotiate with terrorists,” Mr. Hagel said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And...
  • Does Hagel and Obama (WH) believe that the Taliban aren't terrorists?

    06/01/2014 1:14:03 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    6/1/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    1.) If they believe that the Taliban aren't terrorists, then is this behind their reasoning that no negotiations took place with terrorists in the release of Bowe Bergdahl for 5 GITMO detainees? 2.) If they state that there was a third party involved (Qatar) and thus neither side (the WH or the Taliban) spoke directly with each other, then does that constitute their position that no negotiations took place with terrorists? The problem with #1 is that when the WH slammed Karzai over some of his statements concerning joining the Taliban, what could/can the WH say to Karzai now? Breitbart.com...
  • Hagel: U.S. didn’t negotiate with terrorists in securing Bergdahl’s release

    06/01/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 87 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said the U.S. did not negotiate with terrorists in the process of exchanging the transfer of five terrorism suspects for the release of the only American prisoner of war in Afghanistan. “We didn’t negotiate with terrorists,” Mr. Hagel said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I said and explained before, Sergeant Bergdahl is a prisoner of war. That’s a normal process in getting your prisoners back.” Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban Saturday, with the government of Qatar serving as a go-between. Qatar is taking custody of five...
  • No, Uncle Sam doesn’t really want YOU: Military now turns down 80% of applicants

    05/14/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 13, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Uncle Sam doesn’t want you. At least 80 percent of you. These days, the U.S. military is only taking 20 percent of the applicants who walk into their local recruiter’s office intent on enlisting in the armed services. Army Sgt. 1st Class Terrence Hoard told the Kansas City Star that his recruitment office once needed to sign up 16 to 20 soldiers per month to meet recruitment goals. Today, he can get by with 10 to 12. “We’re turning down twice as many as before,” he told the paper, which reported that four of every five adults who seek to...
  • 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 backs review of U.S. military ban on transgender troops

    05/11/2014 10:44:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2014 | Will Dunham
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the U.S. military should review its ban on allowing transgender people to serve openly in the armed forces, saying that "every qualified American" should have an opportunity to serve. President Barack Obama has made lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights a priority during his time in office, and in 2010 signed legislation ending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that had prevented gay men and women from serving openly in the military. Hagel did not make clear whether he felt the ban on transgender troops should be reversed. "The issue of transgender is...
  • Hagel: Military Should Review Transgender Ban

    05/11/2014 1:21:54 PM PDT · by John W · 45 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | May 11,2014 | AP
    The prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military "continually should be reviewed," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday. Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, he said "every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do it." A transgender individual is someone who has acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or presents themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.
  • Hagel: VA backlog, ‘we missed it’ (Blames Bush, defends Shinseki)

    05/11/2014 6:19:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | May 11, 2014 | Jonathan Helman
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave his support to embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Sunday as he has come under scrutiny over allegations of deadly delays in health care treatment for veterans. While Hagel said accountability was paramount, the potential for a backlog treating returning veterans should have been seen. “I don’t think it just started with General Shinseki’s term at the VA, this is something that should have been looked at years and years ago, so yes, we missed it,” Hagel said on ABC “This Week.”Shinseki will testify next Thursday before the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs. Former...
  • Defense Sec. Hagel Open to ‘Review’ of Military Transgender Policy

    05/11/2014 11:57:07 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11 May 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz on This Week with George Stephanopoulos that he was open to review of the U.S. military’s policy on transgender service members. Currently, transgender service members can be dismissed from the military without question. “The issue of transgender is a bit more complicated because it has a medical component to it,” Hagel said. “These issues require medical attention. Austere locations where we put our men and women in many cases don’t always provide that kind of opportunity.”
  • New Benghazi Email Explaining How “Movie Protest” Talking Points Came About Released; Most Redacted

    05/06/2014 9:09:28 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 24 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/6/14 | Aurelius
    While much of last week's news was about the smoking gun that linked the White House to the false talking points about the attack in Benghazi, another email that would have shed light on how those talking points came about was nearly completely redacted by the government. The email has as its subject, "SBU/CLOSEHOLD: 0800 SVTS on Movie Protests/Violence." SBU stands for "Sensitive But Unclassified" and SVTS most likely refers to "Secure Video Teleconference System." Ironically, though labeled unclassified, nearly the entirety of the email was redacted before it was given to Judicial Watch. It was written by Eric Pelofsky,...
  • Putin the Predictable

    05/03/2014 1:32:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | May 2, 2014 | Lucian Kim
    "....Like the Moscow rallies two years ago, this winter’s Maidan protest was supported by the urban middle class and young people who came of age after the fall of communism. Together with backers from western Ukraine—which became part of the Soviet Union only after World War II—the demonstrators in Kiev made up a broad coalition not just against Yanukovych’s Moscow-sanctioned kleptocracy, but the country’s Soviet legacy. It’s no wonder that the toppling of Kiev’s Lenin monument in December was so symbolic.In eastern Ukraine, where ubiquitous Lenin statues are seen as a sign of Russian identity, feelings toward the Soviet past...
  • Hagel Urges European Allies to Increase Military Spending

    05/02/2014 12:53:59 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/2/14 | DAVID S. JOACHIM
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made a forceful case on Friday for European members of NATO to increase their military spending, calling Russia’s intervention in Ukraine a “clarifying moment” for the alliance. “In recent years, one of the biggest obstacles to alliance investment has been a sense that the end of the Cold War ushered in an end of history, an end to insecurity, at least in Europe, and the end of aggression by nation-states,” Mr. Hagel said in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center. “But Russia’s actions in Ukraine shatter that myth.” -snip- Mr. Hagel’s remarks added to calls...
  • After outcry, Hagel orders review of female hairstyle policies

    04/30/2014 1:50:15 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 40 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 29, 2014 | Jon Harper
    Following an outcry by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is considering changing hairstyle regulations that affect female African-American servicemembers. On Tuesday, Hagel sent a letter to lawmakers announcing that, within 30 days, each of the services will review the definitions of authorized and prohibited hairstyles contained in each of their respective policies and revise any language that might be considered offensive. Caucus members had complained that a recently updated Army regulation governing troops’ hairstyles was racist and unfairly targeted African-American women. (snip) Hagel has also ordered the services to conduct a three-month review of...
  • Sensitivity: DOD’s ‘Human Goals’ Updated to Include LGBTs

    04/29/2014 10:36:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 29, 2014 - 7:01 AM | Susan Jones
    In a celebration of its sensitivity on Monday, the Defense Department unveiled a revised document celebrating the department’s “diversity” and “culture of inclusion.” “I’m proud that the language of the charter has been updated to reflect the contributions of gay and lesbian military personnel, who now serve openly and proudly across America’s armed forces,” Defense Department Secretary Chuck Hagel said as he and the nation’s top military leaders signed the document at a public ceremony. The 2014 Human Goals charter says the Defense Department “must show respect for Service members, civilian employees, and family members, recognizing their individual needs, aspirations...
  • Pentagon says Hagel told that Russia won’t invade

    04/28/2014 6:12:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 5:48 PM EDT
    The Pentagon says Russia’s defense chief has assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russia will not invade Ukraine. […] Hagel also asked for Russia’s help in gaining the release of seven inspectors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who are being held in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. …
  • With Ukraine in turmoil, Hagel can't get Russian counterpart to take his calls

    04/25/2014 1:06:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/25/14 | Maggie Ybarra
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been unable to get Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the phone amid escalating tension near the country’s shared border with Ukraine. Mr. Shoigu announced Thursday that Russia planned to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border. The military move, he said, is in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland and the death of at least two pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Friday that Mr. Hagel has been trying to communicate with Russian officials but has yet to hear...
  • With Ukraine in turmoil, Hagel can’t get Russian counterpart to take his calls

    04/25/2014 12:27:40 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4-25-2014 | Maggie Ybarra
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been unable to get Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the phone amid escalating tension near the country’s shared border with Ukraine. Mr. Shoigu announced Thursday that Russia planned to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border. The military move, he said, is in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland and the death of at least two pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine. Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Friday that Mr. Hagel has been trying to communicate with Russian officials but has yet to hear...
  • Obama is Bursting the Left's Bubbles

    04/23/2014 4:05:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-23-2014 | J.R. Dunn
    To examine a few examples, we’ll start with the military illusion -- namely, that it is U.S. power that causes all wars. This is derived quite simply from Marxist-Leninist theory: wars are a byproduct of “capitalism.” The U.S., as the premier “capitalist” state, is ipso facto, the cause of war. This is the primum mobile of the modern American left, the driver of such people as Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, and Medea Benjamin. There is a list that circulates throughout the left, consisting of the countries “invaded” by the U.S. in the 20th century. The list includes such nations as...