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Chuck Hagel to Indian professor: You’re not a member of the Taliban, are you?

posted at 10:07 am on June 20, 2013 by

I posted this in Headlines but want to flag the Pentagon response. What are the odds that a man known for muttering about the “Jewish lobby” would say something insensitive?

Absolutely no slight toward any individual in the audience was intended. That’s the last thing the Secretary would do under any circumstance, in this or any other setting. He didn’t know who would be called next to pose a question.

Their defense is that Hagel was being serious? I.e., that he thought the guy asking the question might be … an actual member of the Taliban?

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Exhibit #27,957 of

If a Republican had said it…

itsnotaboutme on June 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

If I followed the audio correctly, Hagel insulted an associate prof at UNO to boot. I’m guessing the school won’t invite him back.

NebCon on June 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Msdnc defending him with attempt at a joke

cmsinaz on June 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Chuck Hagel – the Joe Biden of the Obama Administration. Oh, wait…

Kind of explains a lot. How stupid is this fool?

oldroy on June 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Was Biden whispering in his ear?

Kafir on June 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Insult a billion people. That means later today he’ll be up for some kind of bonus or promotion. Next he’ll be saying something like: “You aren’t one of those Catholics who want to run a religious school are you?”

oldroy on June 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Exhibit #27,957 of
If a Democrat approved Republican had said it…

itsnotaboutme on June 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

FIFY. Hagel is a registered Republican.

conservative pilgrim on June 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

What a moron. Uniquely unqualified to run the Defense Dept, to boot.

changer1701 on June 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

He should come out personally and apologise.

Maybe something like, “Well, I guess it’s going to be a challenge to get good service at 7-11 from now on.”

iurockhead on June 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

He should come out personally and apologise.

Maybe something like, “Well, I guess it’s going to be a challenge to get good service at 7-11 from now on.”

iurockhead on June 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

He should try to “curry” some favor with the global Indian community?

oldroy on June 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

FIFY. Hagel is a registered Republican.

conservative pilgrim on June 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I’m with changer. Hagel is a registered moron. Like with Biden, the Obama administration makes no distinction to party affiliation when searching out morons to fill key positions.

Fallon on June 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM

conservative pilgrim on June 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM

My bad. Forgot.

The RINO label is tossed around a lot, but if it fits anyone, it fits Hagel.

itsnotaboutme on June 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

That is a Biden worthy comment, lol.

tommer74 on June 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Biden: Psst. Chuck! Ask him which 7-Eleven he works at?

blammm on June 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Way to stand up Chuck.

pain train on June 20, 2013 at 2:54 PM

To be fair, John McCain was 100% confident that he was our enemy.

blammm on June 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

What a dope. Team Zero, making America look like complete idiots one hour at a time.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Wherefore art thou, defenders of Hagel? I thought he wasn’t a moron? It feels good to be validated.

nobar on June 20, 2013 at 3:30 PM

This is not the first time Hagel has said stupid stuff about India.

Here is the video: Hagel in 2011: ‘India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan’

So poor India trying to prevent Jihadis from using Afghanistan as a training ground to prepare for war against them is the bad guy for getting in Pakistan’s way of creating Jihad camps.

Something about India and Israel that Hagel hates. Maybe a Indian guy stole his Jewish girlfriend when he was in Vietnam or something…

William Eaton on June 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

pain train on June 20, 2013 at 2:54 PM

One of my all time favorites.

tommer74 on June 20, 2013 at 5:51 PM

he RINO label is tossed around a lot, but if it fits anyone, it fits Hagel.

itsnotaboutme on June 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

It’s easy to forget when a RINO like Hagel assimilates himself with abandonment into the Obama Administration.

conservative pilgrim on June 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Go tour the Line of Control and Kargil, chod, and try smarting off like that to a bunch of Indian Army Gurkhas.

Christien on June 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Too bad it wasn’t Mola Ram.

*rip* KALI MA, SHAKTI DE!

/

Christien on June 20, 2013 at 6:54 PM

He couldn’t see who the next questioner was.

Must’ve been The Glare, again.

Christien on June 20, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Someone should ask obumbles if he is the “anti-Christ”.

losarkos on June 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Perhaps he was looking for Taliban recruits to send to Syria. The Dems always get away with it because the press ignores it.

Sticky Wicket on June 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Biden plus Hagel equals Bagel.

And a bagel is way more than one can expect from these nitwits.

Sherman1864 on June 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

It’s not so much that he hates Israel and India. It is that he honors and respects Islam. The Saudis probably call him Halal Hagel and told him they would fund his retirement “Library”.

BL@KBIRD on June 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM