Chuck Hagel and Ashton Carter: profiles in irrelevancy
Obama, having finished trolling conservatives with a rumor he was going to appoint Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Defense, is almost certainly going to nominate Ashton Carter to that position. (This is not to be confused with Ashton Kutcher who was offered the job but decided it would take away from quality time with Mila Kunis.) The country has done much | Read More »
Obama trolls GOP on SecDef nomination
The story is making the rounds that Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is the front runner to replace outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson emerged on Wednesday as a new leading contender to replace Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, but the race remains fluid and the timetable for an appointment still unclear. … The homeland security secretary has | Read More »
The New York Times Changes Its Story Deleting The Most Remarkable Thing About Chuck Hagel’s Firing
The Pentagon wants America to believe Secretary Hagel was not fired, but the New York Times hit job breaking the news of his retirement is proof he was. The White House did not just throw Secretary Hagel under the bus, it rolled over him multiple times to ensure he is finished. After two Secretaries of Defense leaving, then writing critical pieces about President Obama, the | Read More »
Louis Farrakhan endorses Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.
:leaning forward: We win. After arguing that the media is controlled by Jewish interests, [Louis Farrakhan] applauded Hagel’s nomination. “Senator Hagel is in trouble,” Farrakhan said. “But America needs a man in Congress like that, who’s not a rubber stamp for others. You need a man like Senator Hagel as your secretary of defense because a man with a mind like that will keep you | Read More »
Republicans should support Hagel for SecDef
I have a confession: I’m a Republican and I like Chuck Hagel. It seems that Chuck Hagel is many Republicans’ least favorite Republican. That said, I think that it is in the Republican Party’s interest to support former Senator Hagel’s (R-NE) confirmation as Secretary of Defense. Republicans have maintained the perception with the American people that we are better on issues of defense. President Obama | Read More »
Is Chuck Hagel a stalking horse for Michele Flournoy for Secretary of Defense?
The Washington Post‘s editorial board is the latest group to jump on the God, please, not Chuck Hagel bandwagon: FORMER SENATOR Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary, is a Republican who would offer a veneer of bipartisanship to the national security team. He would not, however, move it toward the center, which is the usual role of such opposite-party nominees. | Read More »
A handy checklist for the rumored Chuck Hagel appointment.
Just some things to keep in mind: Chuck Hagel has a problem with Israel. Specifically – and as per the, um, National Jewish Democratic Council – Chuck Hagel has a real problem with supporting Israel over the terrorist groups that have been trying to destroy Israel within my lifetime, and probably yours as well. It was reported that American Jewish leaders gave administration staffers an | Read More »
Welcoming The Obama National Security Team
The Arena asked us contributors to . . . well . . . contribute. As I write here, I find it interesting that the President-elect appears to be backing away from his commitment to remove troops from Iraq in 16 months and his approach on decision-making seems to be lifted straight from the playbooks of George W. Bush and John McCain. This probably won’t get | Read More »
Gates to stay as SecDef
ABC Radio News reports Bob Gates has agreed to remain as SecDef for a minimum of one year. Hope and Change is looking suspiciously like the Clinton Administration and some Bush holdovers.