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  •  the more I've read up on him the more I've liked (3+ / 0-)
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    Ralphdraw3, poco, Quicklund

    him, Cassandra.

    I didn't know anything about him just the rumors that he's "antiIsrael" and "anti Gay"

    Those two "anti's" mean quite a bit to me personally so I did some wide ranging reading about the guy.
    I feel ok about him around Israel and though not thrilled ok about the comment he made about an ambassaor. We forget how far and fast the general public has come around Gay rights. Clinton was fine with dont' ask dont' tell which seems horribly wrong now. Many Dems were fine with it. Well Hagel made that comment during the Clinton admin. Someone should ask him if thinks that way now.

    Anyway this guy wants to slash the defense budget, would think deeply before wanting to put our servicemembers in harms way and believes in diplomacy before war. As a vet he will have the respect and trust of the men and women in uniform who are fighting--I think since our Commander and Chief doesn't maybe he wants a Sec Def who does have military experience. My guess is he'll have an easier time in relations with the Pentagon as well. As a Republican he will be immune to Republican criticism...much more immune anyway...when he does Obama's will.

    This guy reportedly has a lot of integrity. He hated Cheney. He fought the Bush admind around Iraq and called them incompetant publically
    My kind of Republican. RINO in the best way. He seems like a win win for Obama, really, the more I read

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