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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hagel claims he doesn't recall saying Israel controls the State Department

 Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has told Fox News that he has accepted Chuck Hagel's claim that he 'didn't recall' saying that Israel controlled the State Department. Graham said that 'unless something new comes along,' he would 'take [Hagel] at his word' and that would be 'the end of the matter' (Hat Tip: Memeorandum). (You can watch the interview at that link - I have not been able to embed it yet).

Politico adds (Hat Tip: Memeorandum):
Indeed, Graham said he believes presidents deserve "great deference" in their Cabinet picks, but he continued his criticism of his former Republican colleague, who served as Nebraska senator from 1997-2009.
Hagel "one of the most unqualified, radical choices for secretary of defense in a very long time," Graham said.
Sorry, but I don't get this. The constitution says 'advise and consent.' What is the meaning of 'advise and consent' if the Senate is going to hide behind 'great deference.' Where was the 'great deference' to George Bush when he wanted to appoint John Bolton - who was FAR more qualified than Hagel - to be US Ambassador to the United Nations?

No, I think Graham is wrong to drop this.

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At 1:47 AM, Blogger The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds said...

If nothing else, Hagel will have to be VERY careful now how he treats Israel. He has been effectively been put on notice not to "mess" with Israel. And if he dares...and Obama...there will be screams of anti-Semite from every corner. And don't think this isn't a move by the Republican Party to make another grab for American Jews. Still, I don't understand the cave, and am hoping someone comes up with something substantial that's a game changer in the next week.

Halli Cassser-Jayne


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