January 8, 2013
Chuck Hagel: A Terrible Choice for Secretary of Defense
I am sorely disappointed in the choice of former Republican senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. Leon Panetta was someone I respected and I thought he was a good choice. But now that Obama has been reelected, he as thrown all caution to the wind and we are seeing his true self in all of it's miserable glory.
Between Hagel's anti-gay statements, his anti-Israel (and possibly anti-Jewish) positions, his worldview which is far more leftist than any secretary of defense in recent times, and the general fact that he was a lackluster senator without much accomplishment, there is no reason to support him for this position. As such, it would be a shame if he was confirmed.
But it won't just be conservatives who oppose him. The left is upset with him for derailing the Kyoto global warming treaty in the 90s.
Since I don't have time to lay out the entire case, first we'll hear from newly elected Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) who states the conservative case against Hagel succinctly and directly. Next up will be a snippet from a post by Roger Simon at PJ Media:
Ted Cruz: Why I expect to oppose Hagel
January 7, 2013
Former senator Chuck Hagel is a war hero and public official who has served America honorably. However, his views on foreign and defense policy are out of the mainstream, and he is not a good fit for secretary of Defense. I expect to oppose his nomination for several reasons:
His record on Israel strongly suggests that he views Israel not as our friend but as a nuisance. The U.S.-Israeli alliance is critical to our national security, but Hagel has been far too willing to undermine that alliance. He was one of only four senators who refused to sign a letter urging the president to express solidarity with Israel and condemn the Palestinian campaign of violence. And he has stated that he believes Israel has "chained down" the Palestinians.
Equally concerning is Hagel's willingness to accept rogue states as legitimate players on the international stage on par with our friends. For instance, he voted against designating Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, opposed renewal of the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act and opposed the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act. He has advocated direct, comprehensive negotiations with Iran's government, along with Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria.
Iran is rapidly pursuing nuclear weapons capacity. The surest way to avoid military conflict is to have a strong and credible defense; weakness and appeasement only invite military aggression.
Also troubling is Hagel's willingness to subject the United States to the whims of international organizations. He supports the Law of the Sea Treaty, for example, which would undermine our sovereignty and require American businesses to pay global royalties for oil and gas development.
Finally, presidents "float" potential Cabinet nominees to assess support and avoid potentially ugly confirmation battles. With bipartisan opposition to Hagel growing -- NBC's Chuck Todd said Monday that 10 Senate Democrats might oppose Hagel's nomination, on top of numerous Republicans -- the White House is picking an avoidable fight for political purposes by pushing this nominee.
We can and should do better.
Next up is an excerpt from a post by Roger Simon
It's the Foreign Policy, and We Are Stupid
by Roger Simon
January 8th, 2013
...while Republicans, conservatives, and libertarians are all revved-up about gun control, social issues, and even the economy, the real permanent damage is being done elsewhere.
Good-bye, Pax Americana. Hello to the era of Kerry, Hagel, and Brennan.
And when I say permanent damage, I mean it. You can always change gun laws (we have several times already). The social issues are largely determined by the culture, and as I noted above, the economy is only partially in the hands of the government.
What you can't simply change is the nature of global forces, the power configuration of our planet. Since World War II, the world has survived and prospered to a remarkable degree under U.S. leadership. Nazism was defeated, followed by the downfall or reformation of equally murderous communist regimes.
Barack Obama's deepest intention -- emotionally and ideologically -- is to change all that.
Forget objective reality. As Dinesh D'Souza demonstrated in his book and film, Obama's psychological makeup -- his heart -- is influenced to a significant degree by a belief that America is a dangerous colonial power, that world leadership must be shared.
Yet "leading from behind" is a euphemism. There is no such leading.
Posted by Tom at January 8, 2013 8:30 PM
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You're concerned about Hagel's "anti-gay" opinions in the past? That's too funny! Glad to know you've finally come around as a strong supporter of equal rights for gays and lesbians...pop the champagne!
Posted by: FourMoreYears - IP address 18.104.22.168 at January 10, 2013 12:56 AM
As you said, Obama is showing his true nature. In his first four years he was widely recognized as the most polarizing and divisive president in modern history. With the selection of Hagel and also of Lew for Treasury he's going to double down on divisiveness.
It's going to be yet another four years of in your face partisanship and damn the consequences.
Posted by: Mike's America at January 11, 2013 1:46 AM
To the commenter "FourMoreYears" - Every time you come here you post under a different name. I am therefore going to post your IP address so every one will be aware of your game and will know you are all the same person.
And yes, I am a strong supporter of equal rights for gays and lesbians. They deserve equal protection by our police and fire services, should not be discriminated against in the workplace, and should not be mocked or insulted for their sexual preferences. But to the left you somehow hate gays or don't want to give them rights if you're against "gay marriage." How weak.
Also very weak that you avoid the point of the post and pick on that. Typical troll.
Posted by: Tom the Redhunter at January 11, 2013 8:24 PM