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Hagel Headed for Confirmation

by Keith Koffler on February 26, 2013, 1:21 pm

The Senate today voted 71-27 to overcome a procedural hurdle and will stage a final vote later today or tomorrow on the confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.

The 71 votes exceeds to the 60 margin needed to cut off debate and move toward a final up-or-down vote, assuring that Hagel will be confirmed.

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Langley Spook February 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Aw H#ll… there goes the DOD.
Might as well just declare the USA already lost its next war. (thanks to Obama, Hagel & the worthless political hacks who run the JCS)

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gracepmc February 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

But wait there’s more. We can’t forget little shifty Brennan.

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Langley Spook February 26, 2013 at 3:40 pm

D’OH!

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gracepmc February 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Because I no longer care I can see Brennan running some covert action in the ME that causes some uproar that requires Hagel to provide military assistance which he fails through utter incompetency and then Kerry lurches in and tries to make it all good by blaming climate change and stupid Americans. In this scenario no Americans are killed due to sheer luck and the grace of God.

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Susan February 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm

In return for their service to the monarchy, all McCain and Grahamnesty required was an invite to the White House. At least the public knows the kind of anti-Semitic reprobate Preezy appointed to dismantle the military.

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srdem65 February 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Of course he will be confirmend, after all Sec of State Kerry announced to the world that “Americans are allowed to be stupid”.

Those who are familiar with the DoD and all things military can only pray that the lifers or staffers lose his crappy orders, or put them in the chain of command starting with the youngest Private stationed in Alaska.

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Langley Spook February 26, 2013 at 2:27 pm

If any of todays cowardly Generals & Admirals had any ‘honor’ they would resign in protest because of Hagel (and Obama)

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Shofar February 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

It is like this administration is wanting Israel to go to war on its own, with the hope that Israel gets its ass kicked. The thing that Obama and his minions forget is, while small, Israel will pack a powerful punch.

No matter what the US or Russia do in the Middle East, Israel will not be the pawn to anyone.

I am really surprised that Bill Gates has not put his two cents in on this matter. Microsoft has a huge R&D facility in Herzliya and in Haifa. Destruction of either of these locations would seriously put Microsoft back. With the global competition from Apple, Microsoft can’t afford to lose either of these location.

I guess we will have to wait and see what happens and how Hagel and numb-nut Kerry shake out.

I would expect to see a lot of retirements and a drop in re-enlistments with the changes that are coming to the DOD, and at State. When WJ Clinton took office, several of my cousins retired with 20+ years active duty rather than have him as CIC. A number of other family members and friends left other agencies instead of putting up with the mind numbing idiocy that came out of the Clinton WH. Hold on, cause here we go again.

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GotFreedom February 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm
Julie Brueckheimer February 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I think it was yesterday that B’nai Brith sort of asked the Democratic Senators to think twice. I’m really surprised that Schumer, Levin et al. were such pushovers for the anti-Israel Obama. And other issues as well. At least I’m hoping it will resemble the Obamacare vote with no Republicans voting for confirmation.

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Lizzy February 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

They must be using the Vichy French as a model for the new Reich.

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GotFreedom February 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

See how your Senator voted:

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00023

These RINO’s voted in favor of cloture:

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH
Blunt (R-MO)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Johanns (R-NE)
McCain (R-AZ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
(very disappointed in Thune. . .WTH!!!)

My apologies to the good folks of SC. . .but Lindsay Graham is so full of it. . .thought he was going to hold up this vote until everything was known/disclosed about Benghazi–liar!!!

http://swampland.time.com/2013/02/14/gop-senators-may-delay-hagel-vote-over-benghazi/

TERM LIMITS FOR THESE OLD FOOLS who don’t listen to their constituents and are more about the elite DC establishment then representing the people who gave them their jobs!

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AFVet February 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Term limits ?
Bullshit.
The governors should recall them.
McCain is a disgrace.
Jan Brewer should point her finger in his face like she did with Obummer.
Jerk that old fool out of the senate. Maybe it will start a renewal and a removal of the RINOs.
They laugh at US, and our attempts to question them disregarding us as constituents to be dealt with when necessary.

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GotFreedom February 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Thanks for the education AF. . .didn’t know that Governor’s could do that (unfortunately, I don’t see any that have the stones to recall any of them).

Speaking of worthless governors. . .

New Jersey governor Chris Christie became the eighth Republican governor to cave on the ObamaCare-driven expansion of Medicaid, adding another 300,000 beneficiaries to the rolls, as reported by the Star-Ledger. . .http://www.humanevents.com/2013/02/26/chris-christie-picks-a-very-bad-day-to-cave-on-obamacare/

Like we didn’t see this coming (can you say “photo op”)!

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Langley Spook February 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

whats McCain’s excuse…? ‘the DOD needs a leader’ b.s.

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The Business February 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Hagel is an arab-loving piece of shit. Why else would obama nominate a republican?

PS: Special thanks goes to the 68% of Jews who helped re-elect Barry Obama

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DeniseVB February 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Why would Obama nominate a Republican? Simple, 2014 ! He’ll have a Repub dismantle the Pentagon, weaken our military, riff a bunch or career officers and enlisted just short of qualifying for retirement benefits, force current retireds into Obamacare, etc, etc.

Then blame the Republicans ! It’s totally political theater, Obama wants the House back and keep his Senate. Am I close? :D

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Anne Lieberman February 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

It’ll be interesting to see if Hagel is invited to speak at AIPAC next week.
http://www.aipac.org/pc

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gracepmc February 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

McCain and Graham were summoned and did the king’s bidding. The rest of the Rs voting yea were cheaper dates. But what the heck how much damage can McCain’s incompetent little buddy do at DOD? Iran and Farakhan are dancing tonight.

Expect that tomorrow the dynamic duo along with McConnell and Boehnner will cave on the sequester – what with all those cuts to defense. What a bunch of worthless hypocrites. My sympathies to our military everywhere.

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gracepmc February 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Just a thought – if the people and policies that McCain votes for now were in place while he was bravely enduring his captivity there’s a darned good chance he would still be there.

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Rod February 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Any illusions that anyone with an (R) behind their name is doing this country any favors should be disabused of that notion by now but this is just more confirmation. I don’t know what motivates people like John Distain (RINO-AZ) & Graham but that’s what passes for being a Republican these days. Pathetic.

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Susan February 26, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Agree with you about McCain and Grahamnesty. Have to disagree with you that there isn’t “anyone with an (R) behind their name” fighting the good fight. We have a precious few true conservatives who are walking the walk. Among them is Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who grilled Hagel about his past anti-American and anti-Semitic remarks. The Democrats and their lackeys are now trying to destroy him for exposing the miscreant Hagel. They’re out there on MSNBC screeching about him being the new McCarthy – not much of an insult in my opinion. McCarthy was right about communists infiltrating the federal government.

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