Hagel will be confirmed as Secretary of Defense

In spite of his abysmal performance in a Senate hearing this week, Chuck Hagel (RINO, Ne.) will be confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of Defense.  Democrats in the Senate have circled the wagons and deemed that abysmal is acceptable.

Yes, our military will be decimated under his watch, but look on the bright side.  We can use that money for windmills and solar panels and Obama phones.  Given this President, whoever fills that cabinet position will be simply an empty suit anyway.

Besides, Al Quada is “on the run” per the President’s campaign rhetoric, and, per his inaugural address, “a decade of war is now ending”.

Since his inaugural address,

• Israeli warplanes on Wednesday struck a truck convoy outside Damascus and headed to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, according to news reports, amid concern about the spread of chemical and advanced antiaircraft weapons from convulsive Syria.

• The U.S. commander in Kabul predicted a tough spring of fighting and “an uncertain future” for Afghanistan.

• The French retook northern Mali from Islamist militias.

• Egypt’s military chief warned of the “collapse” of the Arab world’s largest nation.

• China moved ahead with naval exercises around Pacific islands disputed with Japan.

And, were that not enough, our current Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, warned last week that,

Iran’s paramilitary force [is engaged in] an intensified campaign to destabilize the Middle East by smuggling antiaircraft weapons to its militant allies.
Then again, what would you rather have…a military that keeps us and our allies safe, or a Chevy Volt?
 
 
 
24 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    I thought that with the reelection of ?bama, it was understood that abysmal performance is the new normal….
    ?
    Apparently, we will get to test the theory that if the Dems screw up enough, it will be a landslide for Republicans.? One can only hope.

  2. JBS
    JBS says:

    Hagel?
    He’s connected, in the monied elite club, acceptable to the Democrats, and, er . . . wait . . .
    Did I mention connected, elite? Oh, he doesn’t like Bebe and his crew, he’s down with BO and the White(wash) House gang.
    The world is such a better place after Clinton’s spreading billions of dollars. So many friends. A new one or so.
    If not Hagel, then, who? What could go wrong?

  3. kateinmaine
    kateinmaine says:

    rumsfeld for president.?? he, at least, knows what the military is for and how to use it.
    after perusing hagel’s highly entertaining testimony again, i have come to the conclusion that he was a deliberate choice, but not for bi-partisanship or philosophical/ideological reasons.? hagel is to be the poster child of the ongoing campaign to undermine the republican party–his function will be blatant, unabashed ignorance, pandering and blind adherence to roundly disproved (or disproven, if you are in that camp) theories–in effect, the benchmark methodologies of your run-of-the-mill liberal democrat politician.? his scapegoat quotient is high and o will use it to paint another panel of his ‘masterpiece’ mural: ‘the republican way is wrong every time’.? pity–the right’s ‘braintrust’ can’t even out-maneuver alinsky for beginners. . . ? fortunately, they’re temporary, too.
    ?

  4. ricbee
    ricbee says:

    I didn’t watch the hearing,but understand that he looked mighty foolish,like his nominator.It seems the powers that be like malleable fools as frontmen.

  5. jimbo39
    jimbo39 says:

    Published in today’s Torrington Register-Citizen;
    One has to wonder why someone like former senator Chuck Hagel was nominated by Obama to head up the Defense Department. Hagel was a Republican senator, okay, he really was a RINO, (Republican In Name Only), that has to be the real reason for his nomination. When Hagel was in office he denounced everything George Bush did, he was against the surge in Iran, he was against our alliance with Israel, and on and on. The Obama administration made a big deal that Hagel was a combat veteran in Vietnam. Okay, we thank him for his service to the country but being a combat veteran does not mean you have the knowledge or experience to be Secretary of Defense.
    ?
    <p…

      • Lynn
        Lynn says:

        Oh Dims, good one. I know we in Ct have nothing to brag about with our illustrious blue elected officials. But Kennedy & Franks have left us a legacy of credit card and financial disaster, not to mention the origins of Obamacare. I shudder to think the disasters we will face in foreign policy in the hands of an incompetent medal grabber like Kerry. To ?get back on subject, Hagel is just plain dangerous. Is there no end to President Obama’s skill at appointing the exact opposite person to fill a position?

  6. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    My, how opinions differ! Some of us (perhaps a majority) had to suffer from a spate of ill-considered nominations from the previous Republican Administration.

    • Lynn
      Lynn says:

      Ha, Sammy, you really don’t want to defend Holder and the disaster of Fast and Furious or Hillary Clinton’s ?and Panetta’s ?mishandling of Benghazi. Heroic Americans died under these clowns. Where is the outrage? Liberals never resign, They smugly smile or have faux outrage and get a pass.

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      I think most of the previous administration’s appointments would hold up quite well next to the current pack of ?bama cronies.?? Everything is relative.

  7. kateinmaine
    kateinmaine says:

    do tell?? even poor ‘brownie’ has been vindicated, given that there are still people in the cold/dark in ny and nj–where’s the outrage?? where’s the vitriol?? where’s the government?

    • Lynn
      Lynn says:

      You can’t seriously use that as an argument. It was right after 9/11 and we needed to make some response. Rumsfeld made a mistake in not giving our troops enough flak jackets etc. and as I said he resigned. As for Condi Rice, she is my hero and she did her best to straddle the two opposing views in the Bush Administration. As for President Obama, one of his many promises, he never did, “I promise on day one of my administration, I will end the war in Afghanistan”. How many Liberals voted for him because of that and so far crickets after his second election. ?His administration has failed consistently to protect our Americans who did not volunteer to serve in our military. As for our troops, his administration has asked for our troops to fight a battle with drawn down troops and how do they repay them? The administration moves to reduce their health benefits. Sorry, you can’t win this fight, President Obama has made the worst appointments evah!

    • Lynn
      Lynn says:

      I forgot my Saul Ailinsky playbook… And your defense of Holder, Hillary and Panetta is what? Man up, I want to hear this.?

  8. sammy22
    sammy22 says:

    This is not a competition. I am not defending Holder, Hillary or Panetta. They screwed up on the 3 issues you mentioned. And Hillary took the blame for what happened. But your defense of Rummy and Rice on Iraq is a bit much (it’s not just me).

    • Lynn
      Lynn says:

      so, I had a defense of two Bush appointments that you brought up, and you didn’t agree with it. What else is new??You have no defense for Holder, Hillary and Panetta. i agree no competition, just wanted you to answer a question and you did. ?However, taking responsibility for Benghazi would have been to give a solid answer and procedures put in place so this would never happen again and then resigning. Bye, bye Hillary.

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Nearly every Democrat and every intelligence agency around the world agreed with the Iran/Afghanistan conclusions.?? It is easy to be an armchair commander and criticize after the fact.?? How are they going to explain “Fast and Furious”, “transparency” etc., etc., etc.?
      ?
      “No battle plan survives the first encounter with the enemy”? -von Moltke (the elder)

  9. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Ever get the feeling this administration is to the country like gremlins on an airplane?? (see the famous Twilight Zone episode with Bill Shatner)

    • JBS
      JBS says:

      As much as Bill Shatner and all of the other remake (and parody) actors or cartoon figures were passengers, we are stuck on a ride where we have no control over what is happening. While we can express an premonition of impending doom, we are regarded as insane and we are summarily dismissed.
      Is Hagel the best pick? NO! Is Kerry the best pick? NO! They could defy our expectations and actually turn out to be O.K. (Alright! So I’m being optimistic. It’ll pass.)
      Would Bart Simpson make a better president? YES!
      Maybe in this remake (or parody) the gremlin — BO — will get caught. It would be great if he followed the money clip to the ground.
      Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nightmare_at_20,000_Feet for all of the remakes and parodies, and their explanations.
      ?
      ?

  10. JBS
    JBS says:

    Also,?
    to be considered is the nomination of John O. Brennan. He is the White House counter-terrorism adviser who will face a Senate confirmation hearing as President Obama?s nominee for C.I.A. director. He is the name of the “responsible, high-ranking administration official” for compiling kill lists.
    ?

Comments are closed.