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  • Chuck Hagel Breaks His Silence-the Obama inner circle's culture of deceit and delusion

    12/22/2015 7:16:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 22, 2015 | Ari Lieberman
    Chuck Hagel Breaks His Silence A glimpse inside the Obama inner circle's culture of deceit and delusion. December 22, 2015 Ari Lieberman I've never been a big fan of former Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, but one cannot help but feel some sympathy for a man who had to endure two years of fecklessness, incompetence and back-stabbing in the Obama White House. It would have been enough to drive any sane person stark, raving mad. Hagel announced his resignation in November 2014 (he stayed on a bit longer until replaced by Ashton Carter), but the brutal reality is that...
  • Hagel: I greenlit strikes on Syria after “red line” crossed, but Obama overrode me

    12/18/2015 11:37:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/18/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Many questioned Barack Obama’s judgment when he backed away from his own “red line” in Syria, but Chuck Hagel tells Foreign Policy in an exclusive interview that it was actually worse than that. Obama lost his nerve, Hagel alleges, calling off promised strikes on Syria after Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. Hagel also says that Obama’s team then stabbed him in the back as he was heading for the exits, and tried to “destroy me”: Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an...
  • Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me

    12/18/2015 5:29:30 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 146 replies
    Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an upscale Italian restaurant in northern Virginia when his phone rang. It was the White House on the line. President Barack Obama wanted to speak with him. It was Aug. 30, 2013, and the U.S. military was poised for war. Obama had publicly warned Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad that his regime would face consequences if it crossed a “red line” by employing chemical weapons against its own people. Assad did it anyway, and Hagel had spent the day...
  • FP EXCLUSIVE: Hagel: The White House Tried to ‘Destroy’ Me

    12/18/2015 7:45:53 AM PST · by GOPAreDemProgressives · 7 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2015 | DAN DE LUCE
    In an exclusive interview, Chuck Hagel said the Obama administration micromanaged the Pentagon, stabbed him in the back on the way out -- and still has no strategy for fixing Syria. Jet-lagged from a long overseas trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had just sat down with his wife for a quiet dinner at an upscale Italian restaurant in northern Virginia when his phone rang. It was the White House on the line. President Barack Obama wanted to speak with him. It was Aug. 30, 2013, and the U.S. military was poised for war. Obama had publicly warned Syrian strongman...
  • Obamas Treason Is the New Patriotism

    03/15/2015 3:05:22 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 14 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Highlights: "Having aligned with everyone from Castro to the Supreme Leader of Iran (a country which rapes teenage girls so that they dont die as virgins, and stones teenage rape victims), Obama has to make it seem as if its the Republicans who are the traitors." "During his original campaign, Obama said, We cannot allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon." Bill Clinton said during his first term in office, 'North Korea cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear bomb.' North Korea could and did. Bill Clinton knew all along that it could and would." "Clinton and Obama didnt accidentally...
  • Hagel: Gitmo transfers caused friction with some at White House

    01/31/2015 1:00:33 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | January 31, 2015 | By Laura Koran
    Washington (CNN)White House officials pressured Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to increase the pace of detainee transfers from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, the outgoing secretary acknowledged to CNN's Barbara Starr in an interview Friday. "Not everyone at the White House has agreed with me," said Hagel of his methodology for deciding on detainee releases. Disagreements between Hagel and officials in the President's inner circle have been widely reported during his short tenure as secretary of defense. But in his interview with CNN, Hagel spoke with uncharacteristic candor about friction related to the prisoner release. "We've had a lot...
  • 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...
  • Is the American media and Political Class finally Waking Up to the threat of Qatar?

    12/11/2014 8:35:54 AM PST · by Randall_S · 18 replies
    Misterchambers.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Over the past two days, several news reports have emerged that suggest the media and, yes, even some politicians in Washington, have begun to appreciate the threat posed by the small Gulf State of Qatar. On December 9, a bipartisan group of 24 members of Congress wrote a letter to the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David S. Cohen, that stated in part: We are concerned about the ties between Qatar and Hamas, and we commend you on your speech before the Center for a New American Security, where you stated that, Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally, has...
  • Cruz: Defense Department has higher turnover than 'a typical Burger King'

    12/02/2014 2:21:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond
    Sen. Ted Cruz slammed the White House on Tuesday for a "failure of leadership" as President Barack Obama prepares to nominate his administration's fourth defense secretary. The Texas Republican, who is considering a 2016 run in hopes of heading his own White House administration, called the unusually high turnover at the helm of the Defense Department emblematic of a White House that puts politics above U.S. national security. "It seems what the administration is looking for is a defense secretary who will follow the orders of a political White House rather than focus on defending the national security interests of...
  • Be afraid: This is the real Obama

    12/01/2014 5:59:05 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12-1-14 | Joseph Curl
    ANALYSIS/OPINION: In the weeks after voters cast a vote of no confidence on President Obama and his fellow Democrats, the president has gone on a scorched-earth campaign, unilaterally declaring amnesty for some 5 million illegal aliens, firing the only Republican in his Cabinet and rolling out a new federal rule dubbed the most expensive regulation ever. Yes, this is the real Barack Obama, the one Americans cast their votes against Nov. 4 in an election in which the president had declared his agenda most definitely on the ballot. We all knew that an unrestrained Obama would be dangerous, but we...
  • Left Out of the Narrative (The Ferguson convenience store clerks, etc.)

    11/30/2014 11:06:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PJ Media's Belmont Club ^ | November 30, 2014 | Richard Fernandez
    Everybody recognizes the names of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in connection with the riots in Ferguson. But heres a question. What was the name of the manager of the convenience store who Michael Brown strongarmed? We may not be able to cite a name, but Joe Biden can put us in the ballpark. You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. We know that whatever his name was it was of Indian derivation. The Ferguson Market, where Brown allegedly grabbed a handful of cigars before his deadly encounter with police,...
  • 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...
  • Dysfunction Washington can agree on: Firing Hagel wont fix Obamas foreign policy team.

    11/27/2014 11:44:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/27/2014 | By MICHAEL CROWLEY
    It isnt often that left, right and center agree about the Obama White House. But the firing of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week produced a near-unanimous reaction: President Obamas foreign policy team is dysfunctional and in need of a stronger tonic than the exit of a low-profile cabinet member with a light policy footprint. Both Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and The New York Times editorial page agreed that, in the words of the Times, Hagel was not the core of the Obama administrations military problem. That lies with the president and a national security policy that has too often...
  • Defense Secretary pick will be a challenge for Obama

    11/26/2014 9:13:25 AM PST · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11-26-2014 | FoxNews.com
    The Defense Secretary job opening is emerging as a thanks-but-no-thanks opportunity, as some of the top potential prospects have already said theyre not interested in the job. Within minutes of reports Monday that Secretary Chuck Hagel would resign, the names of Michele Flournoy and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed emerged as top prospects. But each made clear by the end of the day that they didnt want the coveted but high-wire, Cabinet-level post. The new secretary would indeed step into a difficult and complicated world, with the emergence of the deadly and unpredictable militant group Islamic State, amid Defense Department...
  • Obama picks Maxwell Smart as Secretary of Defense and Gender Equality

    11/25/2014 9:51:09 AM PST · by DanMiller · 3 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 25, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Immediately uponhearing of Secretary Hagel's decision to resign, President Obama began His search for the best available replacement.Today,He announced His eagerly awaited choice for a successor. I have too manypersonal problems. Statement of President Obama: My fellow Americans, as you are well aware, I pledged soon after taking office in 2009 that My administration would be the most transparentever. In keeping withMysolemn vow, I want to tell you this eveningabout Mymost important actionsover the past few days,and how I decided to take them, to makeour already exceptional national securityeven better. A few days ago,My very close personal friendand scapegoat Republican...
  • Ted Cruz: Joe Lieberman for Defense secretary

    11/24/2014 4:02:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 24, 2014 | Seung Min Kim
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a person in mind to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Joe Lieberman. Cruz floated the former Connecticut independent senator as a strong option to succeed Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday. President Barack Obama has not yet named a proposed replacement. One strong option would be former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a member of the presidents own party with deep experience and unshakable commitment to the security of the United States, Cruz said. I urge the president to give him full and fair consideration for this critical position.(continued)
  • Hagel First Obama Domino to Fall After Midterms

    11/24/2014 2:27:18 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/14 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Now that Hagel is on his way out, the only question that remains is, "Who's next?" The Obama administration is cleaning house, or members of the failed Obama presidency are running for their political lives. They each have their reasons, political ambitions, and the way the media has been spinning each departure, but the reality is clear: President Barack Obama is a failure (or a success, if you are a hard left statist calling for an authoritarian regime in the White House), and he is expanding the executive branchs powers in ways the framers of the United States Constitution never...
  • Who Will Replace Chuck Hagel?

    11/24/2014 1:54:29 PM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 24, 2014 | Russell Berman
    President Obama will be naming his fourth secretary of defense in six years. Will he choose the first woman to run the Pentagon? Even before Chuck Hagel's resignation from the Defense Department became official, the names of a pair of longtime Pentagon veterans had already surfaced as top contenders to replace him as secretary: Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter. Flournoy and Carter have been through this wringer before: Both were floated as possible Pentagon chiefs earlier in Obama's presidency, and both have served at the highest levels of the department. A third candidate, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, said...
  • Flashback: When DoD Hopeful Flournoy Attacked Romney for Saying Iraq Withdrawal was Mistake

    11/24/2014 12:53:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    free beacon ^ | 11/24/14 | staff
    Former Defense Department official Michele Flournoy, who is considered to be on a short list to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, attacked Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign for recognizing that the decision to withdraw troops from Iraq in 2011 was a tragic mistake. Governor Romney called the ending of the Iraq War and the bringing of our troops home tragic, which is really hard to understand, Flournoy recited for an Obama campaign video in October 2012. He wanted to keep our troops there longer, tens of thousands of them.
  • Defense Secretary Hagel Is Out Too Stupid For Even Obama

    11/24/2014 12:11:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was fired by the Obama administration today. The former senator is even too stupid for Obama. Obama said Hagel had been in the dirt of combat like no other defense chief. The New York Times reported: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obamas Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises. In announcing Mr. Hagels resignation from the State Dining Room on Monday, the president, flanked by Mr. Hagel and...