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  •  Hagel's actually to the left of (11+ / 0-)

    Obama (and Sestak) on Iran in that he's on record opposing sanctions (sanctions that are hurting Iranian civilians.) In fact, he's to the left of virtually the entire political establishment on this. That means something to me, and it should mean something to people who fear war with Iran.

    Sadly, he'll probably "revisit" that position in time for the confirmation hearings, but in any case, that, along with his loud and relatively early call for withdrawal from Iraq, signals an independent and bold streak that most people in that position would lack. I'm not trying to make him out to be a peace-loving champion -- clearly he's not -- just arguing that he's a relatively not-bad choice given the alternatives.

    •  given his quick turnaround on lgbt issues (2+ / 0-)

      he'll do what he needs to. and not always in a good way.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:31:27 PM PST

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    •  Sanctions are a matter of US law (1+ / 0-)
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      Whether he disagrees with them or not he'll do what he had to to make sure they're enforced. Besides - the US military's role in sanctions right now is minimal to non-existent and will be until (if ever) the global community bans either Iranian crude exports or refined petroleum imports.

      "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

      by Shane Hensinger on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:36:04 PM PST

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