President Obama Wants Chuck Hagel to Run the Pentagon

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    "Chuck Hagelís leadership of our military would be historic," he said. "Heíd be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as Secretary of Defense, one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war, and the first Vietnam veteran to lead the department.
    As I saw during our visits together to Afghanistan and Iraq, in Chuck Hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. They see one of their own."

    The President and Hagel have known each other for nearly a decade and served together on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Hagel spent two terms in the upper chamber of Congress and helped to lead the fight for passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

    Under President Reagan, Hagel served as a deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration, and while co-founding his own business, he served as the CEO of the United Service Organization. He's also co-chaired the Intelligence Advisory Board for President Obama.

    "Chuck knows that war is not an abstraction," President Obama said. "He understands that sending young Americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, thatís something we only do when itís absolutely necessary."

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/...l-run-pentagon
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    Im for an enlisted man running the pentagon. He worked form the very bottom of the ladder and worked up. Much respect to him.
    VivaLasViejas, tewdles, CrufflerJJ, and 1 other like this.
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    Apparently his historical comments about Israel are off putting for some of our legislators.
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    Quote from tewdles
    Apparently his historical comments about Israel are off putting for some of our legislators.
    What is he saying about Israel?
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    Not certain that he is saying anything about them now...but apparently he made some comments in the past that his fellow republicans are unhappy with. If I am not mistaken he did apolgize or qualify his remarks in some way, but I really don't know.

    It seems to me that these presidential appointments are just another way for the party of opposition to create difficulty for the party in power...no matter who is in the WH although it does seem to be worse this cycle with this particularly disliked democratic president.

    IMHO
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    Quote from tewdles
    Apparently his historical comments about Israel are off putting for some of our legislators.
    Such a shock...not! After all, Israel is our mostestest closest friend in the region.

    After all, just ask the crew of the USS Liberty. Ask the 34 dead, the 171 injured as a result of Israel's attack on our clearly marked (electronic intercept spy) ship sailing in international waters.

    See: USS Liberty incident - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    ..or...
    New revelations in attack on American spy ship - chicagotribune.com

    If not the Liberty crew, one might ask Jonathan Pollard, a spy for Israel.

    Or one might look into Israel's thefts back in the 1950's-1960's of fissile material for their nuclear bomb program. See:

    Nuclear weapons and Israel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    PressTV - 'Israel stole US uranium to build nukes'

    ...or...

    One might choose to believe AIPAC's line that Israel is our friend, and we should continue to pump billions of dollars into their economy/military infrastructure.

    "The main expression of Congressional support for Israel has been foreign aid.[1] Since 1985, it has provided nearly $3 billion in grants annually to Israel, with Israel being the largest annual recipient of American aid from 1976 to 2004 and the largest cumulative recipient of aid since World War II."

    (ref:
    Israel‚ÄďUnited States relations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    U.S. Financial Aid To Israel: Figures, Facts, and Impact )

    Yup..they're our ally, as long as we keep paying them. Such a friend they are!
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    Hitler was a private.

    Quote from kalevra
    Im for an enlisted man running the pentagon. He worked form the very bottom of the ladder and worked up. Much respect to him.
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    Yeah, Bush never had a hard time from the Democrats with any of his nominees.

    Quote from tewdles
    Not certain that he is saying anything about them now...but apparently he made some comments in the past that his fellow republicans are unhappy with. If I am not mistaken he did apolgize or qualify his remarks in some way, but I really don't know.

    It seems to me that these presidential appointments are just another way for the party of opposition to create difficulty for the party in power...no matter who is in the WH although it does seem to be worse this cycle with this particularly disliked democratic president.

    IMHO
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    Quote from 22gawhitacre
    Hitler was a private.
    One of America's most decorated hero was a private when he started out you might have heard of him, Audie Murphy. Fought Hitler's forces, saved countless American lives, led his troops by example, and later became a movie star.
    CrufflerJJ likes this.
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    Quote from 22gawhitacre
    Hitler was a private.
    Actually he was a Gefreiter (Lance Corporal), but don't let facts stand in the way of a good argument.

    Carry on!


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