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Why Hagel Matters
Daily Beast, by Peter Beinart

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 1/7/2013 1:08:39 PM

If media reports are true, Barack Obama will soon nominate Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense. If so, it may prove the most consequential foreign-policy appointment of his presidency. Because the struggle over Hagel is a struggle over whether Obama can change the terms of foreign-policy debate. Understanding what that means requires understanding the state of foreign-policy discourse in the two parties today.(Snip) At the heart of the opposition to Hagel is the fear that he will do what Republicans have thus far largely prevented: bring America’s experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan into the Iran debate.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 1/7/2013 1:28:08 PM     (No. 9103374)

An American strike against Iran would anger Obama´s base. Hagel will protect Iran from the U.S. but he can´t protect it from Israel. He probably knows this and that fuels his hatred of Israel. If Israel moves against Iran, as it will have to (do unto others before they do unto you) they can do it without the U.S. anyway, but this just gives Obama the opportunity to say he stayed above the fray and protected American lives. There is method to his madness, as always.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/7/2013 1:38:13 PM     (No. 9103396)

The office matters. It is not possible for a fool like Hagel to ever matter.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 1/7/2013 1:50:48 PM     (No. 9103417)

Even someone of merely normal intelligence might be against the Iraq war, but would have been in favor of "the surge" - BECAUSE IT WORKED. Anyone proud of his opposition after the fact of it working, is a moron. And by extension, that includes Beinart here.

Any Rand had it right - the "liberals" like Beinart simply want to fail and die, it´s the real point of all their pseudo-intellectual charades.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: DanvilleBill, 1/7/2013 2:00:39 PM     (No. 9103438)

A long, long article on the wonderfulness of President Zero and the incredible bravery he exhibits for nominating a nice little fellow to protect us from military threats from the UK, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and Fiji.





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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/7/2013 4:43:11 PM     (No. 9103698)

Hagel is a pretend Republican who is really a liberal, that´s why all the liberal Democrat constituency groups will now support him.

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