Hagel Derailed —– For Now

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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Defying a furious White House and Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans successfully filibustered Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense. The tally was 58-40, with one “present” vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) switched his vote from “yes” to “no,” a procedural move that allows him to revisit Hagel’s nomination after the Senate recess. The move was historic, in that a Cabinet Secretary has never been successfully filibustered before. Republicans claimed they will allow an up-or-down vote on Hagel only after they get more information about the debacle in Benghazi. For the moment, Obama’s dangerous foreign policy agenda, personified by the Hagel nomination, has been slowed. But it will not be for long.

Republicans also want more information from Hagel himself. They blame Democrats for attempting to rush the vote, and the White House for failing to provide more information regarding compensation Hagel received for speeches he has made. Earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that such records were necessary because Hagel may have given speeches, or received compensation, from “radical or extreme groups.” This allegation enraged Hagel supporters, who characterized it as “McCarthyite,” but Cruz didn’t back down. “We saw with this nomination something truly extraordinary, which is the government of Iran formally and publicly praising the nomination of a Defense Secretary,” said Cruz on Tuesday. “I would suggest to you that to my knowledge that is unprecedented, to see a foreign nation like Iran publicly celebrating a nomination.”

As usual, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was far more conciliatory. “I think it’s appropriate to wait until we come back,” he said, referring to the fact that the Senate will be on break until February 25. “I think there’s plenty of time to have any further questions answered and I intend to vote for cloture then…He’d certainly get mine and a number of others.”

Before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid employed his familiar over-the-top rhetoric, claiming the nation would be without a Secretary of Defense should Hagel’s nomination be delayed. “Republicans have been telling our troops, you can have a leader later,” Reid huffed, even as current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made it clear he would stay on until Hagel is confirmed. Reid further noted that Hagel has “answered exhaustive questions about his record.”

Not quite. On Tuesday, it was learned that Hagel did not include to Senate investigators two speeches he made regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict. His supporters in the Senate and the administration claimed those speeches were “informal,” and thus it was not required that he turn them over to the Senate Armed Services Committee. In fairness, one of those speeches, given before the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) on June 13, 2008, was hardly the “smoking gun” many on the right was hoping it would be. Yet it contained one disquieting element that dovetails quite nicely with a president who believes that American exceptionalism isn’t particularly exceptional and that Islamic jihad is a jingoistic fantasy. According to Hagel, “there’s not one religion, not one region of the world… that represents the most valued and real human dimensions more than any other…I don’t find any one religion where people love their children more than the other religions, or whether they want peace more than other religions…I’ve never found that difference, whether you’re Jewish, Muslim Buddhist, Christian.”

Perhaps Chuck has missed the copious amount of information that reveals the culture of hate embraced by Palestinians, including a TV character named Farfur, a Mickey Mouse look-alike “martyred” in the show’s last episode, after being beaten to death by a Jew. Maybe he’s never heard about Palestinian children being trained as suicide bombers. The content of the second speech, given at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies on September 22, 2008, remains unavailable.

Hagel should be grateful the Senate Armed Services Committee only required “formal speeches” from 2008 onward. The Washington Free Beacon reveals an eye-witness account of a speech given by Hagel in 2007 at Rutgers University in New Jersey, while he was still a senator with presidential aspirations.  According to Republican political consultant George Ajjan, a Hagel supporter, the Defense Secretary nominee contended that the State Department was controlled by Israel, saying it had “become adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office[.]” Ajjan also noted that Hagel “spoke enthusiastically about the talks on Iraqi stability that will be attended by all the stakeholders, including Iran, Syria, and the US sitting around the same table.”

Later yesterday, a prepared text of Hagel’s remarks from that day was released. Astoundingly, Hagel doubled down on his fairly tale view of Iran, noting their supposed cooperation with the United States in Afghanistan:

Iran has cooperated with the United States on Afghanistan to help the Afghans establish a new government after the Taliban was ousted. Iran continues to invest heavily in the reconstruction of western Afghanistan.

On Afghanistan, the United States and Iran found common interests–defeating the Taliban and Islamic radicals, stabilizing Afghanistan, stopping the opium production and the flow of opium coming into Iran. From these common interests emerged common actions working toward a common purpose. It was in the interests of Iran to work with the U.S. in Afghanistan. It was not a matter of helping America or strengthening America’s presence in Central Asia. It was a clear-eyed and self-serving action for Iran.

Furthermore, Hagel advocated “offering to re-open a consulate in Tehran…not formal diplomatic relations…but a Consulate…to help encourage and facilitate people-to-people exchange.” Much like the excerpt from 2008 above, such notions speak to the utter inaccuracy of Hagel’s predictions, and a bizarrely out-of-touch worldview.

That worldview is further illuminated by Hagel’s relationship with the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank he chairs. A report released Tuesday reveals that several foreign corporations funding the Atlantic Council have either attempted to violate, or have violated, American and European sanctions against Iran. One of those sponsors, Italian oil company Eni, was even “proud” of its cooperation with the fanatical regime. Another, Deutsche Bank, is being investigated by the U.S. for sanction violations. Hagel is a Deutsche Bank board member.

Since 2010, Hagel has also been on the board of the Chevron Corporation. That year the company signed a Joint Operation Agreement with Türkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortaklığı (TPAO), Turkey’s state oil company, for a Black Sea exploration license. More than ten percent of the Atlantic Council’s sponsors are linked to Turkish energy entities and companies invested in the Turkish energy sector. They buy as much as 90 percent of Iran’s natural gas exports. Turkey is also facilitating Iran’s evasion of sanctions by allowing Tehran to convert oil revenues into gold, which, unlike Turkish currency, can be transported back to Iran. “Turkey is allowing Iran to access means to use the revenues from oil for whatever purposes Iran seeks,” said Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “The Turks so far have not been willing to do the things you’d expect them to do to squeeze Iran.”

Although Hagel now claims to support sanctions, provided they are multilateral, both he and the Atlantic Council have been critical of them in the past. And it is yet unclear whether Hagel was aware of the sanction-busting efforts of his corporate sponsors — which is why yesterday’s vote delaying his nomination makes sense. “We really need more information, more disclosure, before we can know if Sen. Hagel did something wrong here,” said a congressional aide who has worked on Iranian sanction issues. “The obvious question for Sen. Hagel would be what did you know, when did you know it, and what did you do about it after you found out.”

That goes double for the other reason Republicans delayed this nomination, namely Benghazi. The administration has provided some information, noting that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton contacted Libyan President Mohamed Magariaf on Obama’s behalf the day of the attack, and that Obama spoke to him on the September 12.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been the most vociferous Republican with regard to demanding answers. “There seems to not be much interest to hold this president accountable for a national security breakdown that led to the first ambassador being killed in the line of duty in over 30 years,” Graham said. “No, the debate on Chuck Hagel is not over. It has not been serious. We don’t have the information we need. And I’m going to fight the idea of jamming somebody through until we get answers about what the president did personally when it came to the Benghazi debacle.”

Graham further contended that Obama only spoke to the Libyan government “after everybody was dead,” suggesting that it was possible the president might have made a difference if he hadn’t, as current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified, left the entire operation up to him and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. Democrats and an utterly corrupt mainstream media have ignored the reality that Barack Obama not only showed no further concern at any point during the eight hours of fighting that cost four American their lives, but attended a fund-raiser in Las Vegas the following day.

Unfortunately, Republicans’ newfound character may be a temporary aberration. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) was one of a number of Republican Senators who suggested that a cloture vote might not even be necessary after the recess. He even believed the White House would provide the requested information. “I think the legitimate information that’s been asked for will come,” Corker said. “Some people may have asked for things that are over the top–I don’t know that, by the way–but I think the legitimate requests will be answered.”

One is left to imagine what constitutes over-the-top with regard to a thoroughly inept nominee for Secretary of Defense, and massive disinformation campaign surrounding the deaths of four Americans in Libya. Harry Reid has scheduled another vote for February 26, during which he and his fellow Democrats expect Hagel to be confirmed.

For the next eleven days, Democrats and their media allies will whine about Republican obstructionism. Republicans need to spend their time reminding Americans of Hagel’s utter lack of qualifications, as well as the mockery that the self-described “most transparent administration in history” has become. The families of four dead Americans, along with countless other Americans who put their lives on the line for this nation, deserve nothing less.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Just some of the reasons why Hagel was (temporarily) derailed can be found within the following link – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/11/john-brennan-….

    However – hopefully I am wrong – but at the end of this "death dance", I suspect he will be confirmed. This is because when it comes to those who must stick to their guns and block him, they are hardly an adept bunch – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/08/the-lefts-mar

    In certain cases it is much better to be proven wrong than right. Nonetheless, I doubt this time it will be the case. Let's cross our fingers and toes that I am totally off base!!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Unfortunately the RHINOS will do the obligatory dance but in the end it always seems they
      insure the opposition gets what they want and then they all go out to dinner and glad hand
      each other over having played the game another round of scamming taxpayers……………William

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        I do wish I could say you are wrong.

        Sigh…..

    • Tess

      As a Nebraskan, I can tell you, we are SO glad to be rid of him. What an embarrassment. Sen. Mike Johanns (R) says he will vote for him. He ought to be tied to a post and fed Ex-lax. Another embarrassment. Sheesh!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    God Bless Senator Lindsey Graham!

    Keep up the great work digging into hagels statements and associations.

  • crackerjack

    Once again , Likud seeks to hijack the US Senate. But AIPACs days of power are over. The lobbys massive and unprecedented intervention in the last US elections ended in desaster for all involved. Similar to the Teaparty, AIPAC has become a burden to the GOP and individuals running for Congress or Senate are becoming increasingly wary of being viewed as Israelfirsters.

    AIPAC is a dying dog, biting at everything in reach at the moment.

    • WhateverMan

      Their arrogance and sense of entitlement will be their doom. Not the first time in history where they have overplayed their hand.

      • kasandra

        Here's an inside tip from a MOT. We don't control the State Department but we do control the Kosher delis. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

        • WhateverMan

          Yeah…Aipac is an association of Deli owners. Put that in your MOTzaball and stick it where the sun don't shine.

          • kasandra

            Actually, here on earth and much to my dismay, AIPAC hasn't taken a strong public position on the Hegal nomination.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            WhateverMoron,

            Send my wurst regards to your pal Gaydolf.

          • Drakken

            You first Hadji!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Sad thing is that BO and the Socialist Democrat party wants to destroy the US by keeping the US dependent on OPEC oil by blocking oil from domestic source or REAL friends like Canada from getting the US off OPEC.

      Every time you fill the gas tank, you are sending AFTER TAX dollars to OPEC.

    • Mary Sue

      put down the crack pipe and back away from it slowly.

      What did ISrael ever do to you?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        It survived.

        That insult alone is enough to drive them nuts.

    • JacksonPearson

      Once again, the anti-Semite insect crawls out of the woodwork!

    • Silverio Facundo

      I have information, from very good sources, that the Baltimore Ravens hired "Likud" (or Zionist or Jews – take your pick, antisemite) operatives to win the game against the 49-ers. Once again, Jews seek to hijack the NFL. But not to worry, cracker-jack-ass, we have you and Whateverman and the likes of you to defend us against Jewish penetrating our institutions and our attics too!

    • elthesenei

      LOL. I swear these NeoNazis, Islamofascists, Leftists, Liberals, etc….as much as they hate Jews, seem to hold them in god-like awe. I mean, who actually belives that Jews actually rule the world besides the very same people that worship them? LOL.

    • Ghostwriter

      Once an anti-semite,always an anti-semite.

  • Mary Sue

    Looks like Obama is MADE of Idon'tgiveaf***itis.

  • EvaSmagacz

    Ted Cruse is doing a donkey.

    • Lan Astaslem

      stick to cleaning toilets

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Ted "Cruse" is doing you?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        She might like that idea, but he has standards.

        And approving traitors that retired instead of losing an election just doesn't seem to appeal to him much.

  • thomas_h

    @ crackerjack

    "Once again , Likud seeks to hijack the US Senate."

    Yes, and so do the Martians!
    You know, the guys who once hijacked you and did strange things to your anatomy replacing your frontal lobe with lower part of your colon and called it "crackjacking.
    The bast**rds!!!

    • WhateverMan

      Lame comeback…

      • Gislef

        You work with what you got.

      • JacksonPearson

        What's lame about it?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Evidently it wasn't just his frontal lobes.

          • JacksonPearson

            He's just another drive-by ca-ca dropper.

  • WhateverMan

    The Jewish/Israeli lobby is so powerful that a man who has served his country in war is not allowed to serve it in peace because he has offended a community that yields influence that is beyond numbers. In a democracy, you have to convince a great number of voters to pass legislation that is good for the majority of the citizens.
    But in the US, Jews, thanks to their hold on their economy, can directly bypass the voters and go straight into buying the politician.
    You will never turned away from the Armed Forces to shed your blood and risk your life if you say that there is a Jewish Lobby.
    But if you are an elected member of the Republic, God protect you from the wrath of this arrogant minority.

    • silver gonzales

      If you believe that the Jewish lobby is more powerful than the Saudi Lobby, with an unending supply of profit from the oil industry ( just go ask Al Gore ), then you are a Jew hater and a fool and most likely another muslim graduate of either Berkeley or Columbia U.

      Serve your muslims well (done) America!

      • WhateverMan

        Really? When was the last time a congressman or senator grilled for saying that the Saudi Lobby is to powerful?
        How many presidential hopefuls, senators and congressmen attend the annual Saudi version of AIPAC to kowtow and declare their allegiance?
        Hypocrite, Idiot or both?

        • kasandra

          Whatever, man. Rave on.

          • WhateverMan

            great comeback. guess you told me!

          • Gislef

            Some people won't be told.

          • Western Candian

            And that one is too stupid to be told.

          • AnOrdinaryMan

            So how many times did you vote for Obama?

        • Mary Sue

          A senator or congressman hasn't SAID that the Saudi Lobby is too powerful!

        • paul

          Yeah, whatever dude

        • AnOrdinaryMan

          Ever hear of Michelle Bachmann? (Duh…who's she?…well, whatever)

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            She's someone that ignores the dictator and propaganda machine and actually puts her country first.

            We need more statesmen like her.
            And Cruz seems to be one of them.

          • WhateverMan

            Hagel's only crime is to have said that he will look for America's interests before Israel.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            No it's not. And they can't get to the bottom of a lot of issues because he refuses to answer.

          • patriothere

            Yes it is. He made the mistake of mentioning the jewish lobby and all the goons on the jews payroll went after him. mccain, graham, cruz, rubio. The usual scumbags.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            No it's not and an iranian friendly paid hack troll really shouldn't be pretending to care.

            6 minutes ago @ Breitbart.com – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
            I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            hagels should looking out for Americans interests NOT the Islamist Regime of Iran.

            hagel fits in perfectly with Obamas anti-America, pro Islamist strategy.

          • patriothere

            Hagel fought for the US. He wasn't like rahm emmanuel who signed up for the IDF during the gulf war!

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Hagel hates our ally Israel. Just like the president.

            And a paid hack troll really shouldn't pretend to be unbiased.

            6 minutes ago @ Breitbart.com – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
            I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Now hagel fights AGAINST the US.

            Why would arch socialist FAKE democrat, Rev. Wright (god damn america) follower BO nominate a "republican" for an important post?

            Because hagel, like obama hate the US and want to destroy it.

            Maybe hagel is suffering from PTSD?

          • patriothere

            I'd rather he be pro islamist than pro-israel. If he really was pro islamist israel would be destroyed. Too bad he isn't. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You don't have to pretend you'd rather be. You are.

            6 minutes ago @ Breitbart.com – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
            I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out.

          • whateverman

            My hero!

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Do you share goats?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            traitorhere,

            So you're pro-islamist.

            THANK YOU!

            You can join false prophet muhammed and osama bin laden in Hell.

          • Mary Sue

            So you're looking forward to America becoming Burqa land…

        • Drakken

          Well shortbus, you keep talking about those evil jooooses like that is the problem, when you openly support and defend muslims and their agenda, get bent Hadji.

      • Jim_C

        So you're against lobbyists from the oil industry, now?

        Don't like the fact that the Saudis are one of our biggest defense clients?

        Charming. Do you have any principles at all? Any ethics that aren't based on who's in power?

    • Gislef

      That would explain why he's been in Congress for many years…

      Oh, wait.

    • American Patriot

      @WhateverMan, When you refer to the "Jewish Lobby" are you referring to "Christians United For Israel"? What a dumb-ass.

      • WhateverMan

        You mean those christians that want all the jooos to gather in Israel for JC's comeback and than the jooos would either recognize him as God or die? Those christians?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      WhateverMoron,

      The US needs a Secretary of Defense for the US, NOT a Secretary of Defense for

      - Saudi Arabia,
      - OPEC
      - Pakistan
      - Mecca
      - Islamist Regime of Iran
      - Iraq
      - Afghanistan
      - Russia
      - Venezuela

      AMERICA.

      Now please FOAD you sack of socialism.

    • Guest

      You sound frightened. Good. The man is accused of accepting payment from both Hamas and North Korea. Whenever he speaks he sounds like some second rate thug out of Nazi Germany. For all we know he served as a double agent while he was in the military – like Kerry. I think there's way too many people snorting bath salts in the Robert Mugabe…oh, I mean, Obama administration.

    • Duke

      Whatever Man , you are about 4"8 and living in your moms basement….we know that..and your testies are really small…we know that….but those are not reasons to spill your hatred of Jews on the web…

      Now go to your basement and look at your photos of great Jews and wack off wishing you could be like them…

    • eltheoldsoul

      LOL. I swear these NeoNazis, Islamofascists, Leftists, Liberals, etc….as much as they hate Jews, seem to hold them in god-like awe. I mean, who actually belives that Jews actually rule the world (disregarding the facts and believing blindly) besides the very same people that worship them? LOL.

      • WhateverMan

        Lol smiley face indeed!

    • FrontPgSubscr

      There absolutely exists arrogance in this quarter BUT, at the same time, you may be ignorant of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a forged document, made use of liberally by the Nazi government
      during WWII. Both THAT arrogance and THIS 'prejudice' are in the wrong. Do some research!!!

    • Ghostwriter

      Behold! Another Jew hater has crawled out of the woodwork.

    • Emad

      Good response….

      Time to stop complaining about AIPAC buying AMERICAN politicians, it is the time AMERICAN citizens running their country for the best interest to them.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        OPEC has bought AMERICAN politicians, universities, media outlets – Al Gorezerra…

  • pierce

    NOT TO BE TRUSTED. This man is two-faced.

    • kasandra

      Yeah, he cares a lot about the U.S. He doesn't mind if that U.S. loving regime in Iran gets nuclear weapons. You do know that his good friends in Tehran refers to the U.S. as "The Great Satan," don't you. With Hagel showing how much he cares about the U.S. by supporting the mullah's in Iran, we don't need enemies. Guess I told you, again.

    • kasandra

      WhaeverMan. Listen, I'm going to keep this simple because you seem like a real jerk. Hagel is being put in in at DOD to oversee the large scale weakening of the U.S. military and the major reduction of U.S. power and influence in the world. If you think that's being "pro-U.S." you must live in an alternate universe. Have a nice day. Bye, bye.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      hagel hides the bags under his eyes when he wears his white hood and bed sheet.

  • tagalog

    I guess in his deep explorations into the relativism of world religions, Chuck Hagel hasn't considered the Islamic families killing their daughters for adopting Western ways, while all other religions tend not to do that sort of thing.

    But reconsidering, that seems to be all of a piece with the depth of his thoughts on other matters.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Hagel is a mouthpiece for enemies of America, bought and paid for politicians, Communists,
    Socialists, Islamists and criminal enterprises that pay well. Consider how many times that
    Iran has called for death to America and consider the idiots that support Hagel, same bunch
    of rotten bananas…………..Those anti-Semites and Communist, Socialist, Islamist and Criminal
    elements that supportt him in order to subvert us is obvious by comments made in this
    posting………………………………………….William

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      That explains why Obama wants him so badly.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      WJW, Right ON!

  • Jim_C

    I'd imagine you guys would get tired of watching Republicans shoot themselves in the foot.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I'm tired of watching FAKE "democrats" destroy the US with euro socialism.

    • Guest

      And you would rather elect terrorists and watch them shoot you in the face? Just what do you think all of those hollow-tipped bullets are for?

    • Western Candian

      rino. not republican

  • marios

    MSM avoid giving publicity that Arabs/Muslims Lobby is much, much more powerful than AIPAC. Can you imagine that in 1940th during the war with Japan and Germany Germans and Japanese worked in WH as security advisors? What is difference between Pearl Harbor and 9/11 terract? (except 9/11 was much worse). Nonetheless Islamists is only minority absolutely non-touchable and very well protected by our Muslim President and his accomplices, by leftists Dem's party. One word: it is treason from the top of Power. BHO choose pro-Islamists Hagel as well as Muslim John Brennan who most likely was recruited by Saudis intelligence. Rep's who will vote for Hagel as well as Brennan are the same US traitors as BHO and his nominees. G-d bless Tom Cruz and Lindsey Graham.

    • Guest

      In the 1920's -1930's the Muslim Brotherhood served as Hitler's Arab SS Pantzer division of the Nazi party. Their views have not changed much. If you doubt it, Google two words – "Banna" and "Nazi." The Russians are now having a ft as they're accusing the U.S. of switching sides in the (stupidly named) war on terror. And of course, our president has. He is in bed with the Islamists and determined to destroy their enemy -us.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      FYI, it's Ted Cruz.

  • Geppettwo

    It seems clear, after four years of observing the current D.C. political scene, that a large majority of the politicians on both sides of the political spectrum care little about what is happening domestically or with regard to foreign policy. There is much public indignation and feigned concern but, in the end, it's becoming increasingly obvious that the Washington political scene is a giant smokescreen designed to distract, confuse, deceive and hide from the public whatever back room, self enrichment deals are the focus of their real concerns. What goes on in and around D.C. has little to do with the trials, tribulations and concerns faced by Americans immersed in and engulfed by the process of dealing with the realities of everyday life. It appears to be one big circus, Obama the Ringmaster.

    Washington, D.C. has become an exclusive enclave filled with individuals dedicated to self aggrandizement and enrichment, protected by what is referred to in the “evil” Corporate world as a “Golden Parachute.” They're busy passing laws and writing regulations, without oversight or even a cursory review, that control an ever increasing chunk of our personal lives, chipping away at our freedoms, while remaining completely exempt from same in both the effects of implementation and the associated costs.

    I find no other explanation for their absolute refusal to resolve the major issues that have severe detrimental effects now and worse on future generations of Americans. They seemingly have no inner motivation to do so, a sad commentary on their character and competency to hold public office. They care only about the now, secure in the knowledge that this is where they'll reap the rewards of what apparently motivates them, personal greed, power, self aggrandizement and aspirations to move up the food chain. They won't be around when the disasters they're creating inevitably occur, so why should they realistically care.

    Politics is a dirty business, a filthy, disgusting business as it's currently practiced in D.C. with both sides pointing the fingers at the other but no one really doing anything of substance, anything directed at solving the problems they rail about daily when in the public eye. They're apparently more concerned with political correctness, the appearance of earnest public purpose and, if on the perpetually scorned “right,” to avoid saying or doing anything even remotely controversial; like taking a sip of water when giving a speech to a national audience, an act sure to incur derision, ridicule and whatever else can be conjured up to defame, disgrace and marginalize the hapless victim who can never seem to find the backbone to go on offense. One the attack dog, the other the victim, neither admired or respected.

    The three legs of the stool designed to prevent one branch of government from exceeding its authority are not just loose, they're broken. The House of Representatives, “the peoples house,” has the power of the purse but Obama spends like the proverbial drunken sailor, challenging his political opponents in congress to stop him and blaming them when they make their feeble, public objections before they inevitably relent, granting him carte blanche to do as he damn pleases. Does this not take on the “appearance” of a dictatorship? Where is the leadership? What happened to “protect and defend the Constitution”? Where is government for, by and of the people?

    Oh yeah! I forgot. This is the government the people elected. Those of you who did, I hope you'll still be satisfied with your life in the America that results in 2016.

    • JacksonPearson

      Good post. You covered lots of territory.

  • tanstaafl

    Trolls are back! Havel is toast!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      You can tell when the muslim friendly trolls show up.
      And you can tell they're worried about this, Hagel must be as bad as we think he is for them to back him so fully.

  • FrontpgSubscr

    That's good news -for now.

    1.) The 'Bad Idea' T-Shirts are a BAD idea (see other model ((looks little like Amanda Bynes?????))).

    2.) Scientology is a cult (into which celebs like, most notably, John Travolta and Tom Cruise subscribe).
    The "scuttlebutt" is that it originated out of some 'techniques' used to counter government sponsored
    mind control (like Project Monarch).

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    MORON Paul and Chuckie Hagel are connected.

    They both protect the islamofascist regime of iran and minimize the threat it poses to the US.

    The Secretary of Defense should defend AMERICA,

    NOT the islamofascist regime of iran, muslim brotherhood egypt, syria, north korea, iraq, taliban, afghanistan, saudi arabia, opec,…

    • emad

      I totally disagree with your comments; actually AMERICA must really starts looking for its interests with ARAB & Muslim worlds, the AMERICAN agents in middle east are cracking hard down and after the ARAB Spring, only authenticated elected governments shall be rolling the ARAB leading countries, no more AMERICAN agents, the remaining ones shall not last for long, the continuation and extension of Spring ARAB will go further anyone’s expectations and therefore AMERICA must to establish and maintain good relationships with ARAB people and not rollers and reverse the credibility record lost years ago, this will require quite more obvious justice actions and support from AMERICA administration towards ARAB & Muslims core cases such as Palestine; IRAQ….etc. Actions not just words.

      • Mary Sue

        you can't really have good relations with people who follow an absolutist theology hellbent on killing the "kaffirs".

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        emad,

        AMERICA must look out for its best interests World-Wide.

        Keeping the US dependent on OPEC oil, and paying BILLIONS of AFTER TAX dollars a year for $100 per barrel oil, $4 per gallon gas is a travesty.

        In case you haven't read the websites, ARABS are killing ARABS. 60,000+ have died in Syria so far. Sunni and Shiites kill each other, bomb each others mosques, kill women over family honor, kill gays, kill Hindus, Jews, Christians, Bahais.

        Even Egypt, 5,000 years old, is only now experimenting with Democracy. The Arab/Muslim world is backward, one hundred years behind the rest of the world.

  • cathy

    Biden’s Ties to Pro-Iran Groups Questioned
    Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008 04:14 PM
    http://www.newsmax.com/KenTimmerman/biden-iran/20

    Report: Hagel Said State Department Controlled by Israel
    February 14, 2013 11:42 am
    http://freebeacon.com/report-hagel-said-state-dep

  • cathy

    It is all a dog and pony show. When all is said and done … the majority of Senate Republicans will align themselves with the Democrats and confirm the nomination of Chuck Hagel. Why did the Senate Republicans not come through in regards to affording F-16s to the Muslim Brotherhood enemy? Why are Senate Republicans aligning themselves with Barack Obama in regards to the Illegal immigration issue?

    What part of Chuck Hagel is "Conservative".

    FAILED: Rand Paul’s amendment to prohibit transfer of F-16s and tanks to Egyptian government; ROLL CALL VOTE
    January 31, 2013
    http://www.therightscoop.com/failed-rand-pauls-am

  • cathy

    REMINDER

    Ahmadinejad Calls U.S. ‘Satanic,’ Israel ‘About to Die’
    Monday, June 02, 2008

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted that Muslims would uproot “satanic powers” and reaffirmed his prediction that the Jewish state will soon be wiped off the map, the Agence France-Presse news agency reported Monday.

    “I must announce that the Zionist regime (Israel), with a 60-year record of genocide, plunder, invasion and betrayal is about to die and will soon be erased from the geographical scene,” Ahmadinejad said.

    “Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started,” the hard-line president said.

    The White House immediately DISMISSED Ahmadinejad’s latest attack on Israel and accused him of “total disregard” for the Iranian people’s needs and beliefs. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,361705,00.htm

  • cathy

    REMINDERS

    Muslim Brotherhood Official Says Israel Will Be Wiped Out Within 10 Years

    Muslim Brotherhood official and advisor to the Egyptian president, Essam al-Aryan has spent the past few days trying to explain what he meant when he called on Jews to return to Egypt.

    The London-based newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat reported Tuesday that al-Aryan estimated that the State of Israel will be wiped out within a decade.
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4327092

    Egypt’s President Morsi Calls Jews ‘Apes, Pigs’
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBtkyBhzJ4o
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mXnbgsg9DM

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Muslime Brotherhood Pig,

    Mecca will be Wiped Out Within 10 Years.

    The Islamofascist World is Target Rich.

  • jzsnaake

    One thing for sure after watching Hagel's nomination process, he'll never be invited to Mensa.

    • BethesdaDog

      That's true. The closest he gets is reading that woman from Mensa in Parade Magazine on Sundays….even then, he probably moves his lips when he reads

  • Ghostwriter

    Hagel's poor performance isn't going to make him Secretary of State,that's for sure.

  • wjhon

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    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Don't you mean "my buddy's sister makes $72 every hour lap dancing"?

  • http://www.theearthdiver.com/?page_id=179 Cognitive Dissident

    I am looking forward to Hagel's confirmation as the next US Secretary of Defense.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      It his lack of competency as a leader? His lame ability to follow and pay attention to facts? Or just his muslim friendly stances since you are particularly muslim friendly in your own positions?