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From the top down virtually all Iranian officials are calling for the destruction of Israel all of Iranian resources are working toward that goal.
For such a time as this.
This is why the peace process is so important. Iran is using Israel as a wedge issue as a way to build their power in the broader Middle East. We see this in Hezbollah, Hamas and others. To the extent that the frustration continues to build over the Palestinian issue in the broader Middle East, Iran will continue to build it's asymmetric capacity and it's regional hegemony.
There's the Israel issue and there's the competence issue -- yesterday, Hagel failed on both. He was coached up and still could not follow the script. I get that Obama wants a compliant dolt in this position to give him cover to do what he wants, but Hagel is bad news. If Romney had proposed Hagel for this position, he would never get confirmed as he would have gotten zero votes from the Dems. Half of them would have dinged him on the Israel issue and the other half because he's flat out a buffoon.
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“I don’t understand Iranian politics” - Chuck Hagel, Obama's top candidate for SecDef.
Wow. Who looks worse from that, Hagel or Obama?
s nominee for secretary of defense, in a Senate hearing yesterday. He was trying, for the...
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The odds may be low, but I wouldnt exactly be comfortable with my life, my family's life, and my country's safety resting on the Mullahs acting rationally ...
Sure. Nobody wants a nuclear Iran. But the theory that they're racing to get a nuke so they can immediately nuke Israel because they want it destroyed so so much(!) is bullshit that may drive us to another unwinnable, unending war in that fucking sandbox.
Obama's nominee The Idiot Hagel skewered into hamburger by Mark Steyn.
"...There are over 300 million Americans, and another 20 million more Undocumented-Americans about to be fast-tracked down the soi-disant “path to citizenship.” Surely, from this vast talent pool, it should be possible to find someone who’s sufficiently interested in running the planet’s biggest military not to present himself on the world stage as a woozy, unfocused stumblebum. In an exquisite touch, responding to reports that Hagel was “ill-prepared,” someone in the White House leaked that he had been thoroughly “coached.” In other words, don’t blame us: We put him through the federally mandated Confirmation Hearing for Dummies course. He doesn’t have to be a competent defense secretary; he just has to play one on TV for a couple of hours. But even that’s too much to ask of an increasingly dysfunctional political system: The Senate disdains to pass a budget, 70 percent of U.S .Treasury debt is bought by the Federal Reserve, month-long negotiations to cut spending turn out in the final deal to increase spending . . . and the president’s choice of defense secretary tells the world he has no idea what our policy on Iran is..."
Mark Steyn writes on NRO: You don’t have to be that good to fend off a committee of showboating senatorial blowhards. Hillary Clinton demonstrated that a week or so back when she unleashed what’s apparently the last word in withering putdowns: What difference does it make?Quite a bit of difference it seems. This week, an . . .
From a poster to a Powerline blog thread on the above story:
'The three principals of contemporary American government: "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it"; "What difference at this point does it make?"; "I intend to know a lot more than I do." '
God help this country.
I think Hagel has a lot more in him than he showed Thursday. It appeared his mission was to try to stay cool and not go off on the grandstanders. Doesn't appear to be a style he's comfortable with and accordingly he came off as weak and unprepared when in truth he wanted to unload. I think the calculus was to just get through this for now without pissing off anybody enough to make them want to filibuster the nomination.
"Math is hard!"
This has the potential to be a serious blow to his nomination.
In the supporting documents he turned over to Senate investigators as part of his confirmation process, Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel did not disclose at least two recent speeches on the subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Fox News has learned.
IMO he's done.
I think SASC was supposed to vote on his nomination Thursday. Anything that delays the vote even more than it already has been probably torpedoes his nomination.
Edit: next up, Michelle Flournoy or Ash Carter
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I don't think he is very good at thinking on his feet. Most senators aren't. Its not part of the job.
Unless Levin pulls it, the committee vote will be today after the VAWA vote.
I wish Patreaus had kept his sexual activities on the low, so that he could've been the next SoD. Oh well. Hope that pussy was worth it.
Wow. This is NOT roomy!
No chance that would have happened. Ex 4 star as SecDef would be a terrible idea.
Yeah, I really thought he had it locked up after McCain came out against the filibuster. But then again, it could have all been a show to help Graham look like more of an anti-Obama hardliner with his potential primary coming up.
Sorry, I meant SASC vote today, floor vote Thursday.
I think this could potentially push back at least one of those, and it wouldn't surprise me if that's enough to torpedo the nomination. Though Obama is probably more likely to dig in than he'd be if the Rice mess hadn't happened.
Yeah, Obama isn't going to back down on this one, and this also smells like one of those things the Rs will bitch and moan about but choose to not waste their capital on in the end. It's something with limited returns, especially as we head into the budget battles again at the end of the month. Do they want Hagel's head just so Obama can throw a more liberal and pretty bulletproof Flournoy at them?
Not to mention the sentence that potentially has the most meaning to me in that article is: "The contents of Hagel’s speeches at these locations have not surfaced."
The textbook way to create a scandal is to leak things slowly. The fact that the content of the speech wasn't leaked with this story tells me there is potentially something in the speech that could be inflammatory.
The timing of this is interesting too. Right before the vote, the morning of the SOTU. You'd think at least a couple newscycles would be dominated by the SOTU. Just weird timing, but I guess doing it right before the confirmation to attempt to delay it makes sense too.
Vote soon, votes falling in line. He'll be confirmed.
Also, Ted Cruz beclowning himself in the hearing, accused Hagel of being paid off by North Korea. Levin and Nelson going apeshit on him.
So mad I missed this.
I didn't see it either, but the webcast should be archived on the SASC website.
Nice, I'll be checking that out later.
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