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GOP to Nix Republican Chuck Hagel at Defense

Hagel, in country

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)

 

8 Comments

  • Tim Walker says:

    I don’t understand the part after…wait…I don’t understand any of it. What’s your point?

  • Eric Lamar says:

    Anything for you, Tim.

    Many would suggest that Congress is owned by the “Israel Lobby” a.k.a., AIPAC. There won’t be much better proof of that than republicans turning their back on Hagel as a candidate for Defense Secretary.

    We should all care about untoward foreign influence in Congress (and the White House.)

    Eric

  • Larry Osborne says:

    Whatever Eric’s point, and Israel notwithstanding, conservative Republican “patriotism” and support of veterans seems a bit hypocritical at times. Remember their shameful treatment of Max Cleland? Google his name, and you will also see John McCain and Chuck Hagel mentioned.

  • Emman says:

    This is not a coherent argument. Editor asleep?

  • Mick Mayers says:

    Interesting analogies (no partial pun intended)and I definitely agree about how shamefully Max Cleland was hung out to dry. Our elected officials on both sides of the aisle, unfortunately, have forgotten that little tidbit on who they are supposed to serve. An oath to defend the Constitution of the United States is just a formality; as soon as the Bible gets put away and the crowd clears, it is time to rake in the benefits of being an elected official and forget about these rest of us. It’s a crying shame.

    Mick

  • Jim Breslin says:

    Good points Eric. It also should be noted, President Obama could nominate Uncle Sam himself, and the Grand Obsolete Party, would still take exception.Just”because”.

  • Eric Lamar says:

    LOL, Jim. Wish I had thought of that. E

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