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Washington - All Signs Point To Hagel As Pick For Defense Secretary

Published on: January 5, 2013 07:39 PM
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U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad in this April 13, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Mian KhursheedU.S. Senator Chuck Hagel speaks during a news conference at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad in this April 13, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed

Washington - President Barack Obama appeared poised on Friday to pick former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary and the announcement may come early next week.

Sources on Capitol Hill and in the national security community said all signs were pointing to Hagel as Obama’s choice to replace current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

The choice would likely set up a confirmation battle in the Senate over whether Hagel strongly supports key U.S. ally Israel. Gay rights groups have also complained about some of Hagel’s past remarks, which were seen as disparaging to them.

However, if Obama were to back down from picking Hagel, it would be the second embarrassment for him, after his preferred candidate for secretary of state, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, withdrew from consideration in the face of determined opposition.

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The White House insisted Obama had not yet made a final decision on Hagel, but a source close to the situation said the White House had signaled to Hagel’s camp that he remained Obama’s leading candidate for the post.

The source said the process was on track for likely nomination announcement on Monday or Tuesday.

It was not known whether Obama had finalized his decision or if Hagel had been directly informed. The source said Hagel’s closest advisers had received “messages of reassurance” in recent days in the face of a campaign by Hagel’s critics aimed at derailing his nomination.

Hagel has already faced an onslaught over his record on Israel and Iran led by some pro-Israel groups and neo-conservatives.

He has also come under fire from gay rights groups for remarks questioning whether an “openly aggressively gay” nominee could be an effective U.S. ambassador. Hagel last month issued an apology for the comment, made in 1998, saying it was “insensitive.”

A Republican operative involved in the opposition to Hagel’s nomination predicted he would have trouble getting confirmed by the Senate. “It’s going to be a vicious fight,” the operative said.

 

 


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 Jan 05, 2013 at 08:25 PM honestbroker Says:

A hearty thank you to all those that voted for Mr. Obama. We are about to reap the rewards of your foolhardiness. Now that he has nothing more than his legacy to protect, prepare for many more left wing , agenda driven , policy announcements and appointments.

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 Jan 05, 2013 at 10:44 PM Howard Says:

Reply to #1  
honestbroker Says:

A hearty thank you to all those that voted for Mr. Obama. We are about to reap the rewards of your foolhardiness. Now that he has nothing more than his legacy to protect, prepare for many more left wing , agenda driven , policy announcements and appointments.

Chuck Hagel a left-winger? Hardly. Last time I checked he was a pretty solid conservative Republican. By the way when Reagan picked Weinberger as secretary of defense I heard little outcry from Republican Yidden. Even now Reagan is still considered to have been a friend of Israel, but for 8 years in the 1980s whenever anyone would question Weinberger's attitude toward Israel, Reagan would tell them to back off.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 07:11 AM honestbroker Says:

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Howard Says:

Chuck Hagel a left-winger? Hardly. Last time I checked he was a pretty solid conservative Republican. By the way when Reagan picked Weinberger as secretary of defense I heard little outcry from Republican Yidden. Even now Reagan is still considered to have been a friend of Israel, but for 8 years in the 1980s whenever anyone would question Weinberger's attitude toward Israel, Reagan would tell them to back off.

No
The left wing reference is to Mr. Obama, not Chuck Hagel. My point, which clearly went over your head is that , with no elections in his future, Mr. Obama now has a free ride for the next 4 years, and his first three new nominees, Rice, Kerry, and Hagel, clearly show his true colors. Thank you again all those that helped put this left wing ideolog back in office

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 07:56 AM MistahKurtz Says:

It would be a mistake to oppose him because he's seen as not good for Israel.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 08:18 AM ayinglefunadorf Says:

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honestbroker Says:

No
The left wing reference is to Mr. Obama, not Chuck Hagel. My point, which clearly went over your head is that , with no elections in his future, Mr. Obama now has a free ride for the next 4 years, and his first three new nominees, Rice, Kerry, and Hagel, clearly show his true colors. Thank you again all those that helped put this left wing ideolog back in office

"Thank you again " You are welcome. We elected the most Israel friendly President in USA history. He visited Yad Vashem and Auschwitz. Not the Nazi cemetery like Reagan. He ended the war in Iraq. Not like Pres Bush who put Ahmedjian in to power. He supported Israel in the UN every single time Unlike Pres Reagan/Weinberger , Bush/Baker

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 08:20 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
honestbroker Says:

A hearty thank you to all those that voted for Mr. Obama. We are about to reap the rewards of your foolhardiness. Now that he has nothing more than his legacy to protect, prepare for many more left wing , agenda driven , policy announcements and appointments.

A hearty thank you to all those who voted for Obama, many more left wing." Read the article. Hagel is a Republican not Democrat. Rush said the Republicans are the ones good for Israel.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 08:59 AM qazxc Says:

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Anonymous Says:

A hearty thank you to all those who voted for Obama, many more left wing." Read the article. Hagel is a Republican not Democrat. Rush said the Republicans are the ones good for Israel.

If Rush said so it must be true. After all, why would an entertainer lie to us? Did Bozzo the Clown ever lie to anyone? Did Moe, Larry and Curly ever lie to us?

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 09:03 AM Anonymous Says:

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ayinglefunadorf Says:

"Thank you again " You are welcome. We elected the most Israel friendly President in USA history. He visited Yad Vashem and Auschwitz. Not the Nazi cemetery like Reagan. He ended the war in Iraq. Not like Pres Bush who put Ahmedjian in to power. He supported Israel in the UN every single time Unlike Pres Reagan/Weinberger , Bush/Baker

Ayinglefunadorf seems very accurate.
Welcome to the 21st century, dorfsyid, photo ops like Auchwitz and Yad Vashem works wonders for people that can't see past their nose. If this president has his way, The USA will soon look like Greece, Spain or the EU.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 09:06 AM honestbroker Says:

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Anonymous Says:

A hearty thank you to all those who voted for Obama, many more left wing." Read the article. Hagel is a Republican not Democrat. Rush said the Republicans are the ones good for Israel.

Read my post again . The point is not that Hagel is a republican or Democrat. It's his views on world affairs that you and any clear thinking Anerican should find objectionable .

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 09:11 AM honestbroker Says:

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MistahKurtz Says:

It would be a mistake to oppose him because he's seen as not good for Israel.

Based in his stated views vis-a-vis Iran , Hizballah, Hamas, Chavez, Castro, the Chinese politburo, The Muslim Brotherhood , he is "not good" , to borrow your phrase, for America or the free world either

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 10:16 AM ayinglefunadorf Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Ayinglefunadorf seems very accurate.
Welcome to the 21st century, dorfsyid, photo ops like Auchwitz and Yad Vashem works wonders for people that can't see past their nose. If this president has his way, The USA will soon look like Greece, Spain or the EU.

"THE Usa soon look like Spain" Spain,greece owes 100s of billions in US $ and German marks, the USA doesnt owe one single penny to anyone in Marks,Francs etc. All US debts are in USA $. We can print it tomorrow and the national Debt will be zero. Spains borrowing rate is 15% US Treasurys are 1% It looks like the whole world is rushing to lend money to the USA at 1% China,Japan,England even Israel. Low interest rate means High Credit like US Treasurys High Interest rate 10-15% means near bankrupcy Greece,Junk Bonds. Just stop listening to Rush and start to listen to Warren Buffet for a change.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 10:22 AM Anonymous Says:

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honestbroker Says:

Read my post again . The point is not that Hagel is a republican or Democrat. It's his views on world affairs that you and any clear thinking Anerican should find objectionable .

"The point is not that Hagel etc" So what is your point? The President picked a Republican for Defense because he is more qualified than others . The president wants a stronge Defense Secretary even if a Republican. The gays dont like this. So?

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 10:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
honestbroker Says:

Based in his stated views vis-a-vis Iran , Hizballah, Hamas, Chavez, Castro, the Chinese politburo, The Muslim Brotherhood , he is "not good" , to borrow your phrase, for America or the free world either

The Democrats are no good, now the Republicans are no good. Sorry Meir Kahane died he couldnt be the Secy of defense. Unless you hold YECHI

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 11:53 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The Democrats are no good, now the Republicans are no good. Sorry Meir Kahane died he couldnt be the Secy of defense. Unless you hold YECHI

could you be any less coherent?

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 12:02 PM Anonymous Says:

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ayinglefunadorf Says:

"THE Usa soon look like Spain" Spain,greece owes 100s of billions in US $ and German marks, the USA doesnt owe one single penny to anyone in Marks,Francs etc. All US debts are in USA $. We can print it tomorrow and the national Debt will be zero. Spains borrowing rate is 15% US Treasurys are 1% It looks like the whole world is rushing to lend money to the USA at 1% China,Japan,England even Israel. Low interest rate means High Credit like US Treasurys High Interest rate 10-15% means near bankrupcy Greece,Junk Bonds. Just stop listening to Rush and start to listen to Warren Buffet for a change.

Not sure how things work in your "dorf" but in the real world.,The US is indebeted to the Chinese to the tune of Billions, pay that they dont call their loans.
As for your suggestion that the US print more dollars, even in your "dorf" that would devalue the dollar even further. Your medicaid/section eight/foodstamp check, will buy that much less, even in your "dorf".

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 03:10 PM ShmuelG Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Not sure how things work in your "dorf" but in the real world.,The US is indebeted to the Chinese to the tune of Billions, pay that they dont call their loans.
As for your suggestion that the US print more dollars, even in your "dorf" that would devalue the dollar even further. Your medicaid/section eight/foodstamp check, will buy that much less, even in your "dorf".

"The US is indebted to the Chinese to the tune of Billions"

Actually, it's trillions now. But you don't expect the parasites, such as idiotfromadorf, who don't contribute and live at the expense of the productive, to worry about some debt, do you?

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 04:00 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

Not sure how things work in your "dorf" but in the real world.,The US is indebeted to the Chinese to the tune of Billions, pay that they dont call their loans.
As for your suggestion that the US print more dollars, even in your "dorf" that would devalue the dollar even further. Your medicaid/section eight/foodstamp check, will buy that much less, even in your "dorf".

"The USA is indebted to the Chinese to the tune of billions" Its more than billions its 1.7 Trillion Most of it from The Bush times. We needed to pay for the wars. The Interest rate of the 1 Trillion from the Bush Presidency is 4-5% If they would call it we can reISSUE IT AT TODAYS RATE OF 1% and save 45 billion a year in interest. Time to listen to W Buffett He explained it very simple. In my dorf we lissened to the people who make the money not to some fat preachers. Only truck drivers and Yeshivah Boys who cant have a TV/internet lissen to Rush. (You cant drive and surf the net at the same time-Yeshivah Boys not allowed TV/Internet.)

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 07:58 PM Anonymous Says:

In your dorf you lissened ?
In the 21st century we LISTEN.
I can see why your so taken with Obama. You can't read, write or spell. You might want to cheat and use spellcheck. No one will know!!

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