Report: Hagel going under the bus
Chuck Hagel may be headed under the bus
Besieged by criticism from right and
left, and considerable skepticism from his former Senate colleagues,
Chuck Hagel appears to be following the path of Susan Rice as a
trial-balloon nominee who finds himself quickly losing altitude
in Washington. And as happened with Rice, the White House is now
signaling that it may soon puncture Hagel's hopes.
Just as occurred with Rice, the U.N.
ambassador whose prospective nomination as secretary of State—leaked to
the media—flamed out in the face of widespread criticism of
her, President Obama appears to be rethinking his choice for Defense
A senior administration official told National Journal on
Sunday that it was “fair” to say Obama is considering candidates other
than Hagel for Defense secretary, in particular Michele Flournoy
who was under secretary of Defense for policy in Obama's first term,
and Ashton Carter, the current deputy Defense secretary. Only a week
ago, Bloomberg News reported that Hagel was Obama’s top choice.
The White House's revised
characterization of Hagel’s standing came after what was, for the former
Republican senator, a particularly discouraging series of comments on
the Sunday-morning talk shows. Outgoing Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that it would be “a very tough confirmation process,” while
on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hagel’s former fellow Republican in the
Senate, Lindsey Graham, said Hagel’s would be “a challenging
nomination.” Graham added: “I don’t think he’s going to get many
The all-powerful Israel lobby strikes again! Heh.
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