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Obama to Nominate Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

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President Obama plans to nominate former senator Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican and Vietnam veteran, to be secretary of defense on Monday, according to two people close to the process.

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Chris C. (162)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 12:50 pm
I'd love to see Hagel as Defense Secretary. He has the ability and the knowledge needed. He was a good Senator here and was not afraid to stand up to Bush!

. (0)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 1:57 pm
Hagel's record is all over the place- this makes him a questionable candidate. His willingness to sit down with terrorists makes him a weaker candidate for the position of Defense Sec.
His service in Vietnam is as relevant as Kerry's. The media brings this up, and I ask myself why?

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:22 pm
Another freaking RepubliCON??? I can't believe there's no Democrats qualified for the job! Screw bi-partisanship!!! I don't care how supposedly anti-Bu$h he was/is, I don't trust him.

Jim Phillips (3206)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:35 pm
Read the article and it sounds as if Hagel has been in a position to advise Presidnet Obama on
many issues already. Hagel sounds like a good fit to become the new defense Secretary. Help with
the Veterans. Get us out of Iraq & Afghanistan. Hagel's position on Iran. Cut the military budget.

Personally, I would like to see the military & its contractors cut by 50%.

More info as who is and or out in Obama's Cabinet in this link:

Slightly off topic: I would like to see Tom Vilsack out and someone more qualified to be the new Agriculture Secretary. Tom Vilsack is a Monsanto shill and supporter.

Ty, Carrie.

Ty, Carrie.

Jim Phillips (3206)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 4:38 pm
Send a Green Star to Yvonne White

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Yvonne because you have done so within the last week.

I don't like the idea of another puke in the Cabinet either...

John B. (194)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:02 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article by Scott Wilson and thanks you Jim P. for providing the additional info and link. I also agree with Jim regarding Secretary of Agriculture Vilisack. Read and noted.

Jason S. (50)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 7:45 pm
Good posting, thanks

Carol H. (229)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 8:47 pm
noted, thanks Carrie

Giana Peranio-Paz (408)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:38 am
Thanks Carrie. I still don't know what to think, although I agree with the cutting of the military budget.

John Gregoire (293)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:36 am
Jim, I wish you had a small idea of what you propose! The military that you depend on to insure your freedoms can not be cut further nor can the veterans who gave 20 to 30 years of their lives exist off welfare if Obama continues his defense cuts.

That said, I think Chuck Hagel is a good fit for this job at this time. he has a record as a person who listens to both sides of an issue, has a strong personal opinion about Israel and Iran as well as a desire to get our people home now. This last area puts him in contention with Obama. He'll have a tough confirmation but he is a very good choice. I believe his view on wasteful defense programs like the F35 are right on. He will need to undo the attacks on veterans and provide for those who provided for all of us.

Jim and others,
Cut this out and read it daily!

It's the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Veteran, not the community organizer, who gives us the freedom to
It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose
coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.


Arielle S. (312)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:59 am
John, I don't think anybody wants to take away from the veterans - I surely don't. But in 2011, the US military budget was more than the next 13 highest defense budgets COMBINED. I'd like to see the budget cut but the majority of the money left going to veteran resources and care - not to contractors, not to old, out-of-date equipment, not for waste and fraud in wars we shouldn't be in. That budget needs a complete overhaul.

paul m. (93)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:24 am


Thomas P. (451)
Monday January 7, 2013, 9:00 am
Noted. John G...let's just agree that the military budget (and much wasteful spending within it, as your own comment suggests) can be cut significantly. Nobody is suggesting that veterans aren't responsible for, and do an excellent job of, defending our freedoms. What many of us are suggesting is that spending more money on defense than all of the other countries of the world combined doesn't make us any safer than spending considerable less. There is room for cuts, and there is room for agreement.

Jim Phillips (3206)
Monday January 7, 2013, 9:58 am

John: You sound very much like a person who is for "WAR".
Yes, I am aware that you are a "veteran".

So are lots of other people, both men and women who have served.

I am flattered that you named me as recipient for your "song" poem.
As for repeating your poem, it is not worth the effort of repeating for it smacks of your own propaganda.

Freedom of the press is becoming less and less with the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Faux Noise. Propaganda.
Your comment words, "community organizer" sounds like a very thinly veiled dislike for President Obama.
The FBI recently labeled the OWS as a 'terrorist" organization which is very far from the truth. It was and is a worldwide peace demonstration and organization.
The military is not the only organization, group, who salute the flag. Witness the salute of people to the flag at baseball games and other events.
There are many, many people, right and left, who do not like USA's foreign policies of interference, imperialism.

I do support benefits for the veterans. Always have and always will.

There is one "War Hero", a "veteran", who recently voted down an overhaul and upgraded benefits for veterans.
His name is Senator John McCain.

By the way, the military budget has doubled since 2001. Benefits for veterans have gone "downhill" at the same time.
How many veterans are living on the streets? How many are not getting the help they need for themselves and their families. It all started with the bushy administration. Are you aware that bushy tried to cut the military pay several times during his tenure?

How much has the "War", also known as bushy's folly, in Iraq and Afghanistan costed the people in USA and for other countries also involved? Deaths, injuries, lives, economically, monetary values...

John and I appear to be in an agreement for Chuck Hagel as defense Secretary.

However, Chuck is a republican. The Washington Post is a right wing newspaper. Anything written, said from the Washington Post must be taken as a slight propaganda tool, a grain of salt.

Please use the care2 search engine, enter the words: military waste.
There are numerous articles on military waste submitted by members of Care2.


David C. (240)
Monday January 7, 2013, 10:22 am
can't send the green star I want to Jim Phillips....

thanks for interesting discussion....

Carrie B. (312)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:13 pm
I have mixed feelings about Hagel and like Yvonne I really would like to see a Democrat in the position. Being bi-partisan seems to be a one sided coin in Washington these days.

We can significantly decrease our defense budget and still give our veterans the benefits and resources they desperately need and deserve. Much more than they are receiving now!

Wilde Thange (10)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:31 pm
Hopefully the best defense secretry is no longer an offense secretary but I doubt it... we have to live test all those new weapons on someone each generation or the defense industry would attrophy.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday January 7, 2013, 2:02 pm
Without much knowledge about Hagel, at first I completely discounted him because he's a member of the GOP....real sour taste in my mouth. Then, Michael Moore brought up some interesting facts about Hagel indicating he would be more "dove" than "hawk." So, I'm now leaning in favor...with some reservations, because we've been caught in the "bait-and-switch" before. I'm much more leery about John Brennan to head up the CIA, as he was involved with torture under Bush, as well as deeply involved in the drone program. I really don't want to see Brennan in that position.

Carrie B. (312)
Monday January 7, 2013, 2:21 pm
Whether I agree or disagree, I have always believed that any president should be allowed to choose his own cabinet. That doesn't mean I will like or agree with all of the choices.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday January 7, 2013, 2:39 pm
Well, I heard on the radio how it's gonna go - Hagel is a Vietnam War vet, so the "question" is "who's going to look him in the eye & say he isn't Strong enough to be Sec. of Defense?" Yeah, it's a done deal, screw any Democrats who might have wanted the job.. I'm SO sick of Democrats folding to War Hawks & fake Patriots. I know Obama wants Hagel, but I do NOT believe Hagel is Eisenhower reincarnated...and this appointment might set him up for a future Pres. run?!
I agree 100% with Lois - too many Bu$h League left-overs polluting the CONstitution - the CIA is the LAST place I want to see a Bu$h Leaguer!

Wayne W. (12)
Monday January 7, 2013, 2:46 pm
John, I don't know where you get your information. Veterans Affairs is a separate cabinet position from Defense.The GOP voted three times to cut Veterans benefits. The Congressional scorecard for the Senate from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans group (IAVA) finds that 32 out of 33 Senators who received failing grades in supporting veterans were Republican.

"The House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), has told a veterans' group it is studying a plan to save $6 billion annually in VA health care costs by cancelling enrollment of any veteran who doesn't have a service-related medical condition and is not poor."

"If enacted, the Ryan GOP budget would cut $11 billion from veterans spending, or 13 percent from what President Obama proposes in his own plan."

It's Republicans who are trying to short-change veterans. Your persistent attempts to blame Obama for that are wearing thin and insults to your fellow veterans.

Winn Adams (203)
Monday January 7, 2013, 3:27 pm

. (1)
Monday January 7, 2013, 11:18 pm
I will be interested to watch this unfold & see how cabinet develops ... In the end, what matters most to me is creating viable environment for facilitating work of governance ... there's lots of work to be done!!!

John Gregoire (293)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 6:10 am
Arielle, Jim's comments on the worth of veterans speaks for itself; his freedom to mouth off is given to him by those who fought and died -a shame he doesn't recognize that as he calls it propaganda! The actions of the administration are documented as being anti- retired vet.

Wayne et al, I did mis-speak by using the euphimism "veterans". The Obama administration has attacked those veterans who are retired officers and enlisted by causing them to pay a huge increase in medication costs. The Obama administration also proposed and fought for many other changes that would have put retired veterans in a considerable financial bind if not among the ranks of the homeless. Congress refuted those for the most part in the current DOD budget. Basically folks, we retired are easier targets than the VA.

Militray retired veterans affairs are always within the DOD budget and not VA which is reserved mostly for veterans with only a shor term service to the government; there are exceptions but they are few.

Yes, the DOD budget can be better managed but we can not allow it to be managed on the backs of those that were promissed free medical care for life in return for 20 to 30 prime earning years of service to the USA.

That's where I'm coming from as a retired veterans with over 20 years of service. Unfortunately the administration and Congress is now full of politicians and academics who have never served. Chuck Hagel is a very good choice for DOD and I'm sure he'll go after the hardware costs that are the problem.

There is also a huge disconnect as to what the DOD budget comprises. You want more marines at embassies and Obama flies all over the world. Guess whose budget pays for all that -DOD, not the State or Exec.

Sorry about the VA confusion but those benefits are means tested and most retired vets can't qualify due to their retirement pay. In recent years that's become a little bit looser but the system is largely oriented, thanks to our WWII experience to those who served short term.

Let me leave you with the remarks of someone more respected than I:

The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."- Cicero, 55 BC


James Maynard (84)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 10:19 am
Signed and noted.

Deborah W. (6)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 7:09 pm
By pushing what will surely be controversial appointment preferences such as Hagel and Brennan ... and insisting on immediate gun control policy with Biden leading the way ... the hope is for deflection enough from the big three looming issues needing immediate resolution.

Typical BO White House tatical maneuvering: pick a Republican with similar views while appearing bipartisan without engaging the GOP rank and file, so at least something may squeek through in haste, before the State of the Union and the 2nd term installation so that Obama can further bloat his incredible ego, the flame fanned by his adoring promoters, and sold to the masses.

Wake up people, once all the pieces are favorably in place and the takeover is complete, you will have no voice at all, on any subject.

Sergio Padilla (63)
Friday January 11, 2013, 7:59 am
Another republican.....
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