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Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 12, 2013, 10:27 p.m. EST by mideast (506)
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A US Senate committee has approved the nomination of ex-Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be President Barack Obama's secretary of defence.

The full Senate is expected to take up the nomination this week, though Republican critics have threatened to block a vote.

Mr Hagel's critics say they are worried by his past remarks and voting record on Israel, Iran and other issues.

If confirmed, Mr Hagel will replace Leon Panetta at the Pentagon.

The 66-year-old former Nebraska senator would be the first Vietnam veteran to run the defence department.

'Impugned his patriotism'

On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate armed services committee voted 14-11 along party lines in favour of Mr Hagel, with one senator voting "no instruction".

All the Democrats on the panel voted in favour of the appointment.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will bring the matter to a vote in the full Senate.

Correspondents say it is likely Mr Hagel will be approved by the Senate, despite objections from at least a dozen Republicans and threats to block or delay a vote. The vote is expected on Thursday.

In Tuesday's committee hearing, conservative Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz said the committee had too little information about Mr Hagel's personal finances to judge whether he had ever received compensation from "extreme and radical groups".

That and other remarks from Republicans prompted Mr Hagel's backers to leapt angrily to his defence.

"You basically have impugned the patriotism of the nominee," Senator Bill Nelson of Florida told Mr Cruz.

Mr Hagel's backers have also warned of great risks in leaving the Pentagon without a leader at a time of budget challenges and while the US has troops in Afghanistan. Iraq War sceptic

Mr Hagel, a decorated and twice-wounded veteran of the Vietnam War, served in the Senate for 12 years.

But correspondents say he is seen by some of his former colleagues as a renegade for breaking with Republican ranks on issues such as the Iraq War.



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[-] 2 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 5 years ago

I thought neocons object to Hagel 'cause he supports Iran negotiations (doesn't support invasion or sanctions), He supports cutting defense budget, Cutting nuclear weapons to zero, Does not support sending troops easily, does not support US as world cop! And doesn't support the phony 'war on terror, and came out strong against Bush mideast war actions, having a repub implement these goals would give dems cover. Isn't that the neocon problem?

In addition to all that McCain hates Hagel for endorsing Obama over McCain in '08.


[-] 2 points by mideast (506) 5 years ago

yes - thats why I like him
harry reid was an idiot for not getting rid of the filibuster

[-] 3 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 5 years ago

Agree about Reid. But filibuster won't stop Hagel, only delay. We will see how filibuster plays out.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

I am not a Hagel fan but Cruz is such a dirt bag.

[-] 1 points by mideast (506) 5 years ago

dont insult dirt

[-] -2 points by derain (-178) 5 years ago

please explain , in detail, your dislike of ted cruz.

[-] 3 points by Buttercup (1067) 5 years ago

He was shit out of a Koch Brother's ass like all of the tea party libertarian diarrhea that is infecting government.

[-] -3 points by derain (-178) 5 years ago

the poet of ows speaks!!

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Why? You just lifted an entire mindset from Jihadwatch and you are in denial of that.

[-] -3 points by derain (-178) 5 years ago

how typical of you,.........throw out a comment , but refuse to back it up. runaway,....................the sheep of ows are so predictable.

[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

You have already demonstrated your inability to critically think. I see no reason to take you seriously.

[-] -3 points by derain (-178) 5 years ago

runaway little girlie, its what you do best.

[-] 4 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

If I feel like smacking you around tonight--I will. But, right now I am more interested in serious conversation. The type that leads somewhere besides smacking the shit out of your paid to troll ass.

[+] -5 points by derain (-178) 5 years ago

what a sorry little thing you are. unintentionally funny and sadly pathetic at the same time.

[-] 4 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Can't be that sorry, you dumb fucking bitch. You keep trying.


[-] 0 points by Kavatz (464) from Edmonton, AB 5 years ago

I've dealt with people like this. Rest assured, IQ is low low low. Smack her up good for her insolence!

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 5 years ago

Don't you have a brand new baby? Congratulations.

[-] 2 points by Kavatz (464) from Edmonton, AB 5 years ago

Ya, another reason to stay up all night. Thanks!

Another reason to fight harder for a better future.


[-] -1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 5 years ago

lol look how all of you flock to support a hardcore republican like Hagel.

Next you'll support Ron Paul? Who actually tried to stop the Iraq war while Hagel was voting for it.

Too bad you don't support peaceful candidates.

Here is Hagel's hardcore republican view points - his voting record is as pathetic as your support for Hagel - http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/chuck_hagel.htm

[-] -1 points by highlander (-163) 5 years ago

If Iran and al jazeera endorse him, then he must be the man.

[-] -1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 5 years ago

apparently none of you remember the terrible decision making of his past. You ignore his voting records and his anti-union stance under federal contracts. You forget his terrible history because you love manufacturing consent.

Why not pick someone from Veterans Against the War to be Secretary of Defense? It's time we choose peace, not warmongers with a history of getting us into wars.

[-] 0 points by mideast (506) 5 years ago

who did what to you when you were a child
that you cannot forgive them for?

[-] 0 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 5 years ago

Hey party hack!

The Iraq war is one of the biggest disgraces in American history. Anyone who voted for that war should not be in government ever again. They all should be out. No more Lindsey Grahams, no more Bidens.

You are a victim of manufacturing consent. You think Hagel is acceptable for reasons like "republicans like McCain don't like him." You know who republicans also wouldn't like? Someone from Iraq Veterans Against the War. Accepting Hagel for childish reasons is pathetic.

You support people like this, and then people wonder why we get involved in wars.

Don't get me started on all his other hardcore republican views outside of his stance on war.

Check his voting records. They're as pathetic as your reason for supporting him.