Multiple reports: Obama to nominate Hagel for defense secretary next week for some reason

posted at 6:01 pm on January 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

The White House insists no decision has been made but The Cable, NBC, Fox News, and the Daily Beast all have sources whispering that an announcement is likely to come early next week.

Trial balloon to see how Senate Democrats react?

For what it’s worth, the reason a lot of outside sources are being given a heads up on Hagel is that the White House knows if Hagel is indeed the president’s choice, it’s going to be a real fight.

There are as many as 10 Democratic senators who could vote no, Capitol Hill sources say. But Hagel has some big backers besides the president who would become the key point people in getting Hagel over the finish line – Vice President Joe Biden and Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, both of whom are huge proponents of Hagel.

Asked on MSNBC’s Morning Joe about the opposition to Hagel, Obama political adviser David Axelrod defended the former Republican Nebraska senator.

“It speaks to the larger problem that we’re talking about, which is, we have to get the point, where, first of all, independence is admired and not discouraged, and we can disagree on some things and still work together on others,” Axelrod said. “And the notion that we demonize people because of a position that they’ve taken and disqualify them on that basis is what’s destroying the ability to get things done in this town.”

When Chuck Schumer was asked last weekend whether he would support Hagel, he was conspicuously noncommittal. Barney Frank, who won’t get a vote — or will he? — said he’d oppose Hagel if given the chance. Anything’s possible, but there was a lot of noise this week about a critical mass of House Republicans preparing to block Boehner and that melted away in the heat of political reality. Are there really six Senate Democrats willing to join a united GOP caucus and kneecap a guy who just got reelected president by killing his first big nomination of the new term? O’s game here is to push Hagel through in the face of unanimous (or nearly unanimous) Republican opposition so that he can paint the GOP as so “extreme” that they’d oppose “one of their own” just to spite Obama. That’s not true, of course: Republican opposition to Hagel is much more about Hagel than it is about O (see John Cornyn’s comments here to see why), but anything O can do to further sour public opinion on the Republican Party will help him in other confrontations to come, like the debt ceiling. If Schumer and a handful of other Democrats vote no too, that talking point explodes and suddenly the narrative will be about Obama nominating someone who was too sketchy on Israel for both parties.

Over at the Standard, Bill Kristol argues that there’s no case for Hagel. Why, sure there is. The case for him is (a) he’s pals with Obama, (b) his nomination will give the left a bigger megaphone to grumble about the pro-Israel lobby (also known to Chuck Hagel as “the Jewish lobby”), and (c), as even some liberals admit, it’s a sweet opportunity to stick it to the neocons, never mind the fact that Hagel voted for the invasion of Iraq before transforming into a fierce Bush critic. As David Greenberg, who wrote the TNR piece at that last link, put it, Hagel supporters essentially view the confirmation hearings as a referendum on Hagel’s opponents rather than on Hagel himself. (Kristol comes to this conclusion too.) But maybe that makes this worth a gamble by O, even if Senate Democrats abandon him: It’s a way to remind the left of the anti-war cred that helped propel him to national stardom, before he became President Dronestrike H. Rendition. It flatters his base to believe that they’re principled, thoughtful opponents of aggressive U.S action abroad even though they’ve done zippo to rein in Obama. Nominating Hagel flatters them. If you’re O, why not do it and dare Senate Democrats to block you?

Exit question: I’ve noticed that most Hagel items on the site these past few weeks get a collective yawn from the readers. How come? Is it a simple matter of thinking that he can’t make things worse than they are, so who cares if he’s nominated? Or is the feeling that the criticisms of him, like his opposition to Iran sanctions, are overblown?


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Obama is taking his “I won” mandate a bit far, by submitting Hagel’s name for SOD.

portlandon on January 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Hey here’s an idea, how about the Repubes in the Senate take a page out of the Dimocrat playbook, grow some stones for once and filibuster this nominee, hmmm? How about that plan?

Yes, I too know they’ll never do it, but one can dream right?

Meople on January 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Axelrod said. “And the notion that we demonize people because of a position that they’ve taken and disqualify them on that basis is what’s destroying the ability to get things done in this town.”

Well that statement explains why Obama sees no problem with having jihadies from all over the world at the WH.

burrata on January 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Why doesn’t Hagel get more than a yawn?

Maybe because who else would be better, that could be nominated? It’s like John Kerry: we all expect a traitorous backstabber, because that’s just who Obama rolls with. Hagel–meh.

Vanceone on January 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I can understand why…Obama is attracted to Hagel’s “I Hate Jews” POV.

Hagel is like a white Jeremiah Wright.

sentinelrules on January 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Another FU to Israel by Obama. A clear signal they will not get any support and that in fact Obama is working to destroy their nation via refusing support and empoweting the jihadists on their borders.

rayra on January 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Wait…has a screwed-up outlook on foreign policy, anti-semetic…is he secretly a Paulian?

kingsjester on January 4, 2013 at 6:08 PM

How many Republicans would vote for this guy? Obama may lose a few Democrats but would he make it up with GOP squishies?

sharrukin on January 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

this is a good, bipartisan gesture on the part of Obama in nominating a Republican to such high position. it shows Obama is willing to buck his own party and lead for all Americans, not just blue Americans or Red Americans.

nonpartisan on January 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

nonpartisan, parroting Liberal spin. Hagel isn’t a Republican anymore than Frum is.

Vanceone on January 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

nonpartisan on January 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Here’s an extra shovel.

kingsjester on January 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

This nomination just reeks of arrogance. Here we have a huge chunk of the Senate saying “don’t do it” and Obama is basically giving them the finger and doing it anyways.

I knew that Obama’s arrogance would have him test the GOP but now he is testing his own party.

I really have to wonder if this keeps up how he will retain support from Democratic Senators in Red or Purplish states who are up for election in 2014. Think any of them want to go on the record as supporting a Gay-Bashing Anti-Semite? You can bet that if they support this they will get hit from both the Left(anti-gay) and Right(anti-Israel/Semite) come 2014.

Blu3Yeti on January 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

What’s the problem? Most Jews voted for Barry. They obviously have no problem with such an appointment.

Dack Thrombosis on January 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

this is a good, bipartisan gesture on the part of Obama in nominating a Republican to such high position. it shows Obama is willing to buck his own party and lead for all Americans, not just blue Americans or Red Americans.

nonpartisan on January 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

We know thats the party line and thanks for bringing it to our attention.

sharrukin on January 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

If Hagel doesn’t make it through maybe Obama’s backup plan is to nominate David “Holy Qur’an” Petraeus who is more anti-Israel than Hagel.

VorDaj on January 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

it shows Obama is willing to buck his own party and lead for all Americans, not just blue Americans or Red Americans.

nonpartisan on January 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

More like anti-semetic Americans.

sentinelrules on January 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Inciting another fight amongst Repubs?

PattyJ on January 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

isn’t Hagel the guy that got elected and sold his house 30 something years ago and couldn’t legally claim residency in the state he was supposed to represent?

The same guy that wouldn’t endorse the republican in the race for his former seat?

He can’t be any worse that any of the other nominees Dronestrike H. Rendition nominates.

DanMan on January 4, 2013 at 6:13 PM

I’m not yawning, AP. We’ve had lots of other fights on the table, of much more immediate urgency. The Fiscal Cliff, and the continuing war of words on gun owners–soon to be a war of legislation. So far as rumored Administration appointees, I’m taking the Calvin Coolidge view that if we have 10 problems rolling down the road at us, if we do nothing, 9 of the 10 will probably roll off into the ditch and never hit us. I think Hagel will be a disaster for the Dems–the American Jewish vote is about to get the government they voted for, and they’re about to get it good and hard. Maybe they’ll take a lesson from what’s about to be done to Israel.

Naaaaahhhhh, they won’t learn. Haven’t yet.

quikstrike98 on January 4, 2013 at 6:13 PM

AWWWWW…Ahmadinejad must have turned down OBOZO’s SecDef job offer.

TeaPartyNation on January 4, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Just roll out the talking point that O has to nominate a republican for DOD because there are no qualified dems.

He’ll be gone in short order.

rw on January 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Maybe Obama just wants an anti-semetic SecDef. Could come in handy if Obama wants to look the other way when Israel is attacked.

darwin on January 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Hagel is a shining example of why I’m no longer a Republican. Him and the establishment, elitists that drive the party into the ground that is.

Meople on January 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

How many Republicans would vote for this guy? Obama may lose a few Democrats but would he make it up with GOP squishies?

sharrukin on January 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I don’t think Obama will lose any democrat over this because as we all know, their vote sells for pretty cheap these days.

burrata on January 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

this is a good, bipartisan gesture on the part of Obama in nominating a Republican to such high position. it shows Obama is willing to buck his own party and lead for all Americans, not just blue Americans or Red Americans.

nonpartisan on January 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Hahahahahahahaha

darwin on January 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Exit question: I’ve noticed that most Hagel items on the site these past few weeks get a collective yawn from the readers. How come? Is it a simple matter of thinking that he can’t make things worse than they are, so who cares if he’s nominated? Or is the feeling that the criticisms of him, like his opposition to Iran sanctions, are overblown?

What with fiscal cliff, gun grabbing and a whole host of other issues, we have to husband our outrage.

Chuckles, of course, should be filibustered. Just say no to a homophobic anti-Semite. Hmm, maybe Hagel looks good compared to Calypso Louie?

rbj on January 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Maybe O can make Kerry both SecDef and SecState. He has the hat to this day – certainly he can wear two!

Can you imagine older mil types trying not to vomit while reciting the chain of command at inspections?

“The Hon… the Hon… the Honarrr… RAAAAAALPH!”

Marcola on January 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Axelrod said. “And the notion that we demonize people because of a position that they’ve taken and disqualify them on that basis is what’s destroying the ability to get things done in this town.”

Well that statement explains why Obama sees no problem with having jihadies from all over the world at the WH.

burrata on January 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

What I’m wondering about that statement is: how else are you going to qualify or disqualify somebody? Assuming they have the experience (there are lots of people with the ability and experience) isn’t nominating somebody who will implement your agenda enthusiastically the prime qualification?

Fenris on January 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM

this is a good, bipartisan gesture on the part of Obama in nominating a Republican to such high position. it shows Obama is willing to buck his own party and lead for all Americans, not just blue Americans or Red Americans.

nonpartisan on January 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Riiiggggghhhhttt. Keep f**king that chicken.

Dack Thrombosis on January 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Obama Hates Israel.

ChunkyLover on January 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I don’t think Obama will lose any democrat over this because as we all know, their vote sells for pretty cheap these days.

burrata on January 4, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Not even those who rely on the Jewish vote in some districts? I would think that they would at least want some cover for this.

sharrukin on January 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Obama Hates Israel.

ChunkyLover on January 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM

No democrat wants a SecDef who’s friendly to Israel.

darwin on January 4, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I bet Hagel could come up with anti-Israel policies rather quickly.

darwin on January 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM

for some reason

He hates Israel.

The muzzie brothers do too.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 6:21 PM

this is a good, bipartisan gesture on the part of Obama in nominating

…someone hated by folks in both parties.

calbear on January 4, 2013 at 6:22 PM

The collective YAWN is because it doesn’t matter. If Hagel doesn’t get through, some left wing nut job will. So what difference does it make?

Nessuno on January 4, 2013 at 6:23 PM

If Hagel gets rejected by the Senate he could always get a show on Al Jazeera America.

Mark1971 on January 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Exit question: I’ve noticed that most Hagel items on the site these past few weeks get a collective yawn from the readers. How come? Is it a simple matter of thinking that he can’t make things worse than they are, so who cares if he’s nominated? Or is the feeling that the criticisms of him, like his opposition to Iran sanctions, are overblown?

It’s the first one. We have an entire Administration bursting at the seems with anti Semites who are also generally malevolent and/or incompetent. What’s one more?

Kataklysmic on January 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Exit question: I’ve noticed that most Hagel items on the site these past few weeks get a collective yawn from the readers. How come? Is it a simple matter of thinking that he can’t make things worse than they are, so who cares if he’s nominated? Or is the feeling that the criticisms of him, like his opposition to Iran sanctions, are overblown?

1. He is not that different than Obama, incl. on Israel.

2. He would not represent the R/C ideals, heh, thus doesn’t matter.

3. Most people don’t like to talk about Israel. The leftists don’t engage those who do, even though they’d like to see Israel gone.

4. Panetta is assumed a simpatico dunce by the agents at CIA, then Pentagon…thus, anyone with a few braincells and earnest demeanor is now acceptable.

Just a few conjectures…

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I bet Hagel could come up with anti-Israel policies rather quickly.

darwin on January 4, 2013 at 6:20 PM

He could get a lot of ideas just from reading the staff report Petraeus submitted to Congress a couple of years ago.

VorDaj on January 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Exit question: I’ve noticed that most Hagel items on the site these past few weeks get a collective yawn from the readers. How come? Is it a simple matter of thinking that he can’t make things worse than they are, so who cares if he’s nominated? Or is the feeling that the criticisms of him, like his opposition to Iran sanctions, are overblown?

I don’t like Hagel, I think he would make a terrible Defense Secretary because he would be professionally and emotionally inept, but the “Jewish Lobby” supported Obama and elections have consequences.

Daemonocracy on January 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

My yawn has to do with the fact I would rather save all of my angst for another rabid, foaming at the mouth hard leftie, anti-constitionalist progressive to the Supreme Court.

karenhasfreedom on January 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM

this is a good, bipartisan gesture on the part of Obama in nominating a Republican to such high position. it shows Obama is willing to buck his own party and lead for all Americans, not just blue Americans or Red Americans.

nonpartisan on January 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I hope this was written as sarc. If it was, you got an A+ (meant as a compliment Del).

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Back Jesus just doesn’t really like Jews does he?

Hummer53 on January 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

As a Nebraskan, I can say…oh H*LL NO!

Hagel is nothing more than an above board opportunistic politician (see both Sen. Kerry/Kerrey).

I have met the man on several occasions while up on Capital Hill to voice support/opposition on bills regarding veterans, and I can tell you, even though he is a fellow veteran, you could tell he couldn’t wait for our group to get the h*ll out of his office…but he was quick to want to get a photo op with us!

I also vividly recall writing to his office in regards to issues about his change of stance on the Iraq war and his visceral contempt with President Bush, and after a few exchanges, his last reply to me was a basic f*ck you!

And mine was the same right back.

Gothguy on January 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Jews voted overwhelmingly for Obama, and over time it just becomes tiresome to keep pointing out that he is anti-Israel and buys into the colonial view of that part of the world. They’re getting what they voted for.

blue13326 on January 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

True or not, if hagel is nominated, will he be in this article? Every person around bho hates Israel and SO does bho!

http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/the-first-muslim-president/

And this! True or not?

http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/egyptian-mag-affirms-brotherhood-infiltration-of-white-house/
L

letget on January 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

next week for some reason

The muzzies like him.

Schadenfreude on January 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM

And do you really want to know what the real suck a$$ thing about this is???

This sorry pri#* is still gonna tout and make more money off his SAVE THE PLANET BULL$HIT...

HE PLAYED ON OUR FEARS!!

BigWyo on January 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Whoever Obama nominates for any Cabinet position will not be good for the country. Interesting, too, that Obama has succeeded in widely dividing the country, helped along the schisms in the Republican Party, and now seems set on causing a rift among Dems. Seems that’s his best skill: Making people argue while he sits aloof and then later reappears like Mighty Mouse singing, “Here I come, to save the daaaay!”

Liam on January 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Progressive would-be-tyrant nominates Progressive to replace Progressive.

Progressive led Senate will approve by a wide margin since Progressives and big gov types represent about 75% of the Congressional body.

I’m seeing a trend here.

PappyD61 on January 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Hagel is the mirror image of obama – he is a radical lib, a flaming anti-Semite and a sworn enemy of Israel, AND, most importantly, a sworn enemy of the United States – AND as an added bonus, McCain and Lindsey Graham thinks he’s HOT. So, in other words, he’s the perfect choice to head enemy-obama’s Pentagon.

Pork-Chop on January 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

isn’t nominating somebody who will implement your agenda enthusiastically the prime qualification?

Fenris on January 4, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Is that legal ? I mean the “nominating somebody who will implement your agenda enthusiastically ” part ?
IIRC, for some reason, this used to be illegal during the Bush years!

burrata on January 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Re the exit question: Obama has already shown that he has contempt for Israel’s existence. Is it really shocking that he would nominate someone who’s similarly minded? It’s more of a “whatever, he’s going to do what he wants and the media is going to call anyone who objects mean names”. Who do we have with the huevos to actually stand up to a Hagel nomination? Certainly not Republican leadership. They don’t really stand for anything anymore.

JavelinaBomb on January 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Inciting another fight amongst Repubs?

PattyJ on January 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Exactly!

OldEnglish on January 4, 2013 at 6:42 PM

isn’t nominating somebody who will implement your agenda enthusiastically the prime qualification?

But Hagel’s gone on record opposing many of the more important policies of this Administration.

Those towards Iran, Hamas, North Korea, Hezbollah, Afghanistan……

And he voted for the Iraq War. According to the Obamabots that’s supposed to be a nonqualifier.

Although Hillary and Biden get a pass.

SteveMG on January 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM

From the front page teaser:


The pick.

Typo there AP. You left out the ‘r’ that belongs right after the ‘p’.

LegendHasIt on January 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

…this used to be illegal during the Bush years!

burrata on January 4, 2013 at 6:40 PM

What was I thinking, you’re right. It’s sort of like the “Question Authority [but only if they're conservative]” directive.

Fenris on January 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Exit question: I’ve noticed that most Hagel items on the site these past few weeks get a collective yawn from the readers. How come? Is it a simple matter of thinking that he can’t make things worse than they are, so who cares if he’s nominated? Or is the feeling that the criticisms of him, like his opposition to Iran sanctions, are overblown?

I’ve seen it suggested he’s a stalking horse. Schumer and Frank don’t like him? It’s hard to believe Hagel is a serious option for Obama. It’s more likely he’ll be scuttled and the real choice will then be put forward, letting the Dems have the appearance of siding with Israel through their criticism of Hagel.

INC on January 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Report: Hagel Worked to Shut Down USO Port in Haifa, Israel

Former senator Chuck Hagel, said to be on the short list to succeed Leon Panetta as secretary of defense, reportedly tried to shut down a USO port in the Israeli city of Haifa when he served as CEO of the USO. The Washington Free Beacon reports:

“He said to me, ‘Let the Jews pay for it’,” said Marsha Halteman, director for military and law enforcement programs at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), which led the battle to keep USO Haifa operational.

Hagel’s campaign to close the storied USO port struck many observers, including the U.S. Navy and congressional leaders, as misguided. Those same critics argue today that Hagel’s animosity toward the Jewish state leaves him unsuited to be the nation’s next defense secretary.

“He essentially told us that if we wanted to keep the USO [in Haifa] open—and when I say ‘we’, he meant ‘the Jews’—he said the Jews could pay for it,” said Halteman, who recalled being taken aback by the comment.

“I told him at the time that I found his comments to be anti-Semitic,” she said. “He was playing into that dual loyalty thing.”

Hagel has been accused of anti-Semitism for charging that lawmakers on Capitol Hill are intimidated by the”Jewish lobby,” and of homophobia for remarks he made in a 1998 confirmation hearing, for which he has since apologized. Outgoing representative Barney Frank, as well as senators Tom Coburn and John Cornyn have publicly expressed their opposition to his nomination.

If this guy was a Republican nominee, he would NEVER get through confirmed. The Democrats simply would not stand for it. Hypocrites.

Resist We Much on January 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

The Prick! Can I say that?

tom0508 on January 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

When you see Andrew Sullivan and Pat Buchanan allied in support of someone you really have to go, “Huh!!??”

SteveMG on January 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

…AND as an added bonus, McCain and Lindsey Graham thinks he’s HOT…

Pork-Chop on January 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

“I think a lot of Republicans and Democrats are very concerned about Chuck Hagel’s positions on Iran sanctions, his views towards Israel, Hamas and Hizbollah – and there is wide and deep concern about his policies”.

- Graham, last week

Resist We Much on January 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

From the front page teaser:

The pick.

Typo there AP. You left out the ‘r’ that belongs right after the ‘p’.
LegendHasIt on January 4, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Ha! Exactly. We here in Nebraska are so tired of this arrogant clown. He started out as a Reagan Republican and ends up an Obama Democrat. Perfect.

NebCon on January 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Nationalized healthcare. Socialization of economy and degradation of middle class into serfdom. End of 2nd Amendment. Destruction of Israel.

One more piece of the puzzle in place.

rrpjr on January 4, 2013 at 7:04 PM

It’s a political ploy, nothing more. He’s sacrificing Hagel so he can point to Republicans and say they’re always opposing everything he proposes.

ButterflyDragon on January 4, 2013 at 7:07 PM

He’s sacrificing Hagel so he can point to Republicans and say they’re always opposing everything he proposes.

Maybe but there are not a small number of Democrats who will not like this selection either. They may not oppose him but they may rough him up a bit.

It’s a very odd nomination to me.

SteveMG on January 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Obama to nominate Hagel for defense secretary next week for some reason

That reason is simple. It’s for distraction and fodder for people to argue or fight about so people won’t pay attention to the continued march toward communism.
In an economic crisis….give fed workers a pay raise.
In a “negotiation” for the survival of the economy…say “You get nothing…I get that for free”.
In nominating a defense sec….nominate a anti semite, etc. etc.

Basically..”look over there…and fight over it while take another block out of the foundation of your home”.

Mimzey on January 4, 2013 at 7:20 PM

This is such a cynical move by Obama. It is another chipping away at destroying the republican party. I have no doubt that Hagel and Obama feel the same way about Israel and this is a perfect appointment so that when Hagel inevitably screws Israel on defense matters (i.e., does the dirty work Obama won’t do), everyone can blame “republican” Hagel for the Israel policy. This serves to keep the democrat brand clean.

On the other hand, I’m pretty disgusted with the republican party in general so maybe I shouldn’t care that their brand will be further damaged by Hagel as defense secretary.

KickandSwimMom on January 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Obama wants yet another Israel hater in his cabinet..him and Kerry would be fine additions for him..both not fans of Israel and sanctions for Iran..yayyyy

sadsushi on January 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I think that, by nominating Hagel, The One gets to send a clear signal to Iran that we aren’t going to take any serious action against their nuke program, but without having to say it out loud.

Sticking it to Israel is a side benefit, but a necessary one.

In sum, this nomination is not a political ploy, but a reflection of what Obama really thinks about defense policy.

SWLiP on January 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I’ve noticed that most Hagel items on the site these past few weeks get a collective yawn from the readers. How come? Is it a simple matter of thinking that he can’t make things worse than they are, so who cares if he’s nominated? Or is the feeling that the criticisms of him, like his opposition to Iran sanctions, are overblown?

Could be that there just isn’t much interest in who is nominated, period. I know I’m not too focused on his cabinet choices, though I don’t understand the Hagel pick at all (except as a purely cynical political maneuver, which is O’s mo).

changer1701 on January 4, 2013 at 7:31 PM

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/egyptian-magazine-claims-2-high-ranking-homeland-security-officials-are-muslim-brotherhood-operatives/

Mimzey on January 4, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Just 2 ?
What about Huma and her team @ Killary’s ?

burrata on January 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

burrata on January 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Thats what I thought too.
I expected Huma to be on the list.
Maybe the observation was to those who are officially in the MB ranks?

Mimzey on January 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Barky’s feeling invincible, and he hates the Joooooos, so what the heck?

Philly on January 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Why doesn’t Hagel get more than a yawn?

… [W]e all expect a traitorous backstabber, because that’s just who Obama rolls with. …

Vanceone on January 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

That, and there are bigger fights right now: gun grabbing and all the follow-on fiscal cliff (“son of fiscal cliff”?) matters.

Kevin K. on January 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Heydrich wasn’t available.

claudius on January 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

The Jew is a bigger house slave to the Demicans then even the coloreds are. So much for the myth that The Jew is smart.

Your Mamma loves me on January 4, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Of course Obama will pick Hagel. The more opposition he encounters, the more determined Obama is that nobody will tell him what to do. Screw what’s good for the country.

RebeccaH on January 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM

The Prick! Can I say that?

tom0508 on January 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

You say prick. I say putz.

There’s a catchy tune there someplace…

claudius on January 4, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Barky’s feeling invincible, and he hates the Joooooos, so what the heck?

Philly on January 4, 2013 at 7:46 PM

He is invincible. Right now Drudge has linked to the Weekly Standard which is reporting that Hagel is not gay-friendly enough to be SecDef.

That’s their comeback: Hagel isn’t gay-friendly enough to be SecDef.

So now every conservative viewing Drudge — especially social conservatives — are now scratching their heads wondering why the Weekly Standard is so concerned with Hagel’s past comments on gay rights and why it’s a scandal that Hagel had a social conservative view on gays in the military.

See, Barry is playing chess with toddlers and is winning. Team Barry know what scab to pick; they know the neoconservatives are not really conservative in any traditional sense; and they know the doves and realists bitterly hate the neoconservatives and their smear campaigns.

It’s divide and conquer and they’re winning.

Punchenko on January 4, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Good for Obama. I’ve read nothing disqualifying about Hagel. If the American people thought it important to elect a Netanyahu chum as President they had an excellent opportunity in November.

bobs1196 on January 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Exit question: I’ve noticed that most Hagel items on the site these past few weeks get a collective yawn from the readers. How come? Is it a simple matter of thinking that he can’t make things worse than they are, so who cares if he’s nominated? Or is the feeling that the criticisms of him, like his opposition to Iran sanctions, are overblown?

1.) Most people don’t know who the heck Chuck Hagel is. The video clips, the salacious quotes, etc, of Hagel, are nowhere to be found regarding why this guy would be terrible.

2.) His most vocal opponents are the gay lobby and Israel lobby. Those aren’t exactly known to be core constituencies of the GOP.

3.) Who is Obama going to nominate that would be better?

4.) What has Chuck Hagel actually done that would make him completely unacceptable?

Stoic Patriot on January 4, 2013 at 8:22 PM

before he became President Dronestrike H. Rendition.

LOL AP.

hopeful on January 4, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Anybody else starting to just check out and let everything go to h$11? It seems the country really wants the govt. is getting so until that changes. Why should we care? THere isn’t anything we can do?

except buy a gun and stock up.

earlgrey133 on January 4, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Good for Obama. I’ve read nothing disqualifying about Hagel. If the American people thought it important to elect a Netanyahu chum as President they had an excellent opportunity in November.

bobs1196 on January 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM

What type of things would rank as disqualifying to you?
Just curious.

Mimzey on January 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Multiple reports: Obama to nominate Hagel for defense secretary next week for some reason

…so the nation can HATE another republican’t!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2013 at 9:15 PM

If Biden and Hagel are in the same room, isn’t that called a Bagel?

Myron Falwell on January 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Too funny that the Establisment-coddling Allahpundit/HotAir would state a neoconservative, Bill Kristol, is opposed to Hagel. In other news, water is wet. It’s time that our failed interventionist foreign policy, which has been controlled by neoconservatives for years, is ended. Sanctions against Iran are warfare, and do nothing but hurt the innocent people of Iran rather than the government. Corryn’s statement is nothing short of laughable. Calling for talks is no threat to security; continuing down the path of war acts is a threat to security.

Dante on January 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Dante on January 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

What the hell are you going on about?
Does everything go into your “thought grinder” and come out Ron Paul Sausage?

Mimzey on January 4, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Jews voted overwhelmingly for Obama, and over time it just becomes tiresome to keep pointing out that he is anti-Israel and buys into the colonial view of that part of the world. They’re getting what they voted for.

blue13326 on January 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Oh, please. The United States gives more foreign aid to Israel’s enemies than it does Israel, even before Obama was ever elected.

Dante on January 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Exit question: I’ve noticed that most Hagel items on the site these past few weeks get a collective yawn from the readers. How come? Is it a simple matter of thinking that he can’t make things worse than they are, so who cares if he’s nominated? Or is the feeling that the criticisms of him, like his opposition to Iran sanctions, are overblown?

I think it’s just that the people who have been able to muster some interest about politics over the last two weeks have been entranced by the fiscal cliff debacle. This is an important issue in wresting the Jewish demographic from the Democrats. Let’s be clear that Hagel is an anti-Semite.

thuja on January 4, 2013 at 10:41 PM

…I think Hagel will be a disaster for the Dems–the American Jewish vote is about to get the government they voted for, and they’re about to get it good and hard. Maybe they’ll take a lesson from what’s about to be done to Israel.

Naaaaahhhhh, they won’t learn. Haven’t yet.

quikstrike98 on January 4, 2013 at 6:13 PM

If the Jewish community didn’t learn from their support of he rise of Hitler, what makes anyone think they’d wise up to the rise of Tranzi would-be doctor Obama?

rayra on January 4, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Damnable iPad autocorrect, that’s dictator, not doctor

/Hedley!

rayra on January 4, 2013 at 11:51 PM

question: I’ve noticed that most Hagel items on the site these past few weeks get a collective yawn from the readers. How come? Is it a simple matter of thinking that he can’t make things worse than they are, so who cares if he’s nominated? Or is the feeling that the criticisms of him, like his opposition to Iran sanctions, are overblown?

We’re too busy girding up our loins to care beyond sending up prayers for Israel and bracing for the world to attack her as prophesied. The Antichrist will have his hating posse.

AH_C on January 5, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Obama needs a mindless stooge in that department that will obey his every whim and not ask questions . . . Hagel is the perfect choice. God help our military.

rplat on January 5, 2013 at 8:13 AM

“And the notion that we demonize people because of a position that they’ve taken and disqualify them on that basis is what’s destroying the ability to get things done in this town.”

seriously David, that is what your entire party does to the GOP

puhleeze

cmsinaz on January 5, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Gay bashing? Homophobic? Where exactly is this coming from and why on HotAir? Aside from opposing “gay” marriage at some point, what is “gay’s” beef with this guy?

Nutstuyu on January 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

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