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  •  Heh Shane... Don't worry - I will be either (2+ / 0-)
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    Shane Hensinger, zemblan

    a gracious winner or loser depending on what happens.

    I will say this... As for Hagel... I really don't get why the President needs him. I can think of a few Democrats who have Military experience AND support the Democratic Party. General Clark, Admiral Webb, Bob Kerrey (yes I know he is hated around these here parts), and few others.

    Hagel is a bigoted homophobe (his "apology" was mere political expediency), AND he is a Republican. For goodness sakes, why does the President have to putting Republicans in places of power? Right, He doesn't.

    However... It doesn't matter what we think or say here... the President is going to do what the President does.

    "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

    by volleyboy1 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:48:54 PM PST

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    •  Honestly I think a lot of this has to do (2+ / 0-)
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      with the president preparing a united front strategy for dealing with the witch's brew of the Middle East and in particular with a dual-track approach to both Iran and Israel. Perhaps I'm mirror-imaging but those two issues are going to come to a head soon and I believe, correctly in my opinion, the president views them as closely interwoven.

      "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 04:53:01 PM PST

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      •  Well yes.. there is that but the only thing Hagel (2+ / 0-)
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        will do is antagonize the Israelis. I get that having someone to be a "Yes man" to PM Netanyahu is not in anyone's (including Israeli) interests, but Hagel and his commentary about the "Jewish Lobby" is straight out of the hateful W & M playbook. Even so... I don't think Hagel would be that hardline and he is certainly not going to be the hero the Drooling Ron Paul anti-Semites or their allies on hard left want. The Sec. Def. does NOT set Middle East policy.

        I don't though disagree with you that both Iran and Israel are going to come to head particularly when the New coalition headed by Likud-Betainu (forecast for 35-36 seats), and consisting of the far Right Habayit Hayehudi,(forecast for 14-16 seats) Shas (forecast 11-12 seats), the religious UTJ (forecast 6 seats), and the insane Otzma Yisrael (forecast 2 seats), "takes the field".

        But with them, watch for Iran to step it up as well....

        Not sure I think Hagel is the man to handle this and I would trust the three that I mentioned far more than him.

        "'Touch it dude' - President Barack Obama"

        by volleyboy1 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:07:11 PM PST

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