EDITOR'S NOTE: It's a double whammy- a one-two punch!
President Obama : "Chuck knows that war is not an abstraction"
Hagel is the man to clean house at the Pentagon. Hagel nomination is a sign that Obama is sending a message that things are changing.
Well done President Obama!
Hagel’s nomination (a done deal as of today) is showing signs of forcing repugs, zios and war hawks in general out in the open to display the exact nature of their Cause and Ammo– in other words what IS their whole case against Hagel, a decorated vet? He is also a Repug, so what is their prob with him anyway? The argument has forced the whole issue of Zio control into the public eye.
Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard who has been leading the charge against Hagel is also peddling other long-held grievances– plus the gay thing– no doubt to take some of the edge off their own "anti-semite" knife bite and dilute that whole argument with other squabbly red-herrings.
Former Democratic congressman from Massachusetts (Barney Frank) who retired after 32 years in the House is asking the state's governor to appoint him to fill out Senator Kerry's term once he is confirmed as Secretary of State. Why? Not something he has coveted, BUT Frank – who is liberal, gay and Jewish – would be one more vote against Hagel for SecDef, and a catylyst for other Democrats to do likewise.
As President Obama nominated Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense Monday, opposition to the choice appeared to be receding somewhat.
President Obama said that experience has made Hagel a champion for the troops sent to fight and die, in implicit contrast to Washington’s cadre of armchair warriors. “My frame of reference is geared to the guy at the bottom who is doing the fighting and the dying,” Obama cited Hagel.
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