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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Hagel and Brennan nominations on hold, will Hagel withdraw?

Foreign Policy assesses that the odds are now 50-50 that Chuck Hagel (right) will withdraw from consideration as Secretary of Defense and 'getting worse by the day.'
He has the votes, but not much else. His big problem is that no one much wants him running the Pentagon. Congressional Republicans consider him a traitor. Congressional Democrats see him as anti-gay and anti-abortion, undercutting their support for him. And Northeastern Democrats (and some others) worry about his stance on Israel. Democratic support in the Senate appears more dutiful than passionate.
That said, I don't think that a Hagel exit would hurt President Obama much. SecDef nominees have blown up on the launch pad before: Remember John Tower (picked by the first President Bush) and Bobby Inman (picked by President Clinton to replace Les Aspin)? Interestingly, both were succeeded as nominees by men who went on to be very successful stewards of the military establishment: Dick Cheney and William Perry. Calling Michèle Flournoy?
The prospect of a Hagel regime at DOD is a real problem now because the next SecDef will need to do two things: Work with Congress to reduce the defense budget thoughtfully, and work with the military to re-shape the military to make it relevant to future conflict. At the moment, Hagel appears to lack the political capital to do the former, as well as the intellectual appetite to do the latter.
Bottom line: Every business day that the Senate Armed Services Committee doesn't vote to send the nomination to the full Senate, I think the likelihood of Hagel becoming defense secretary declines by about 2 percent.
If that's the case, there's more bad news for Hagel this Sunday and for John Brennan (pictured, top left) as well:  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is placing a hold on all Obama administration national security nominees until the Senate gets some answers about Benghazigate (Hat Tip: Memeorandum). This is a transcript of Graham's appearance a short while ago on CBS' Face the Nation.
BOB SCHIEFFER (HOST): I’m not sure I understand. What do you plan to do if they don’t give you an answer? Are you going to put a hold on these two nominations?
GRAHAM: Yes…How could Susan Rice come on to your show and say there’s no evidence of a terrorist attack when the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said they knew that night? I think that was a misleading narrative three weeks before our election.
SCHIEFFER: Let me just make sure, because you’re about to make some news here, I think. You are saying that you are going to block the nominations — you’re going to block them from coming to a vote until you get an answer to this? Now, John McCain has already said he doesn’t think the Republicans ought to filibuster this. What will you do? You’re just going to put a hold on it? [...]
GRAHAM: I want to know who changed the talking points. Who took the references to Al Qaeda out of the talking points given to Susan Rice? We still don’t know…. I want to know what our president did. What did he do as commander in chief? Did he ever pick up the phone and call anybody? I think this is the stuff the country needs to know.
According to the Leftist Media Matters site, the Republicans have (with much evidence) accused President Obama of going AWOL on the night of the attack. 

Maybe that second term isn't going to go so easily after all.

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At 8:18 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Sen. Graham, possibly because this is like wrestling with a greased pig, is focusing on Susan Rice's powerpoint slides or her memorized telepromter text vocab? I'm trying to figure out why no one seems to be willing to ask WHOSE SIDE ARE THESE US GOVT DIRECTORS ON? Are they advancing Al Qaeda's fortunes? The people who killed 3,000 of us in one morning? Black Ops go on all the time, but, craziness, I always have thought they would be operating to advance the cause of our country and our allies. But I think these people have Alt.Allies.

Sounds like Hillary2016 was also AWOL (at best) and really doesn't care about anybody, except maybe her daughter. So, those in the US and Israel who are all excited at the prospect of Hillary2016 need to recall that Hillary2016 and Bill helped get these people re-elected with obfuscation and lies (at best).

Don't be a Low Information Country. If the Obama people have been running guns to Al Qaeda, who plan to glass over Israel, as they have run guns to multiple sides of the Mexican Drug Cartel street war, with 60k+ dead, what do you think is coming? Eg: look at even these articles... speak out against the Dems, don't go along with their bribery.

Forget about the Petraeus soap opera; keep trying to figure out whose side the Obama Team is on:

And in case you think it's no big deal for Israel what these Progressive New Left marcuse marxist caliphate people are doing:

Please stop helping these Progressives. They are ruining the world.


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