GOP to Nix Republican Chuck Hagel at Defense
GOP forces are gathering to oppose the presumed nomination of former Nebraska senator and current republican Chuck Hagel to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense.
They are apparently in search of someone with the “right” credentials. Hagel must not have them despite his service in the Senate and his two Purple Hearts from his time as an infantry squad leader in the Vietnam War. He knows more about war making than most, up close and personal as they say, but not enough for his fellow republican senators.
Speaking of fellow republican senators, a leading anti-Hagel spokesman is that lilting “warrior”, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham, who calls himself an Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran though he never left South Carolina.
Hagel is the perfect GOP fit: he once criticized a gay ambassadorial nominee as being “openly, aggressively gay”, whatever the hell that means.
Hagel’s real problem is sexual at least in a metaphorical sense. He has failed to publicly sodomize Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, at the yeshiva gedola of his choice, thus apparently depriving Hagel of the right to lead American troops. Hagel once said,”I support Israel, but my first interest is I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States, not to a president, not to a party, not to Israel. If I go run for Senate in Israel, I’ll do that.”
The problem with Hagel is that he has some principles, his homophobia aside. Perhaps we should just appoint Ehud Barak, Israeli Defense Minister as Secretary of Defense, then they might be happy.
(Credits: Esquire, Wiki, Huffpost, LA Times)