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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:53 PM

Chuck Hagel's Nomination Is Worth Fighting For

By Dana Milbank, Published: January 7

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This is not a man who is going to shrink from a fight with the chicken hawks of the Senate.

President Obama hit the right theme in nominating Hagel on Monday to be secretary of defense — the first enlisted man and the first Vietnam veteran to be so honored. “To this day, Chuck bears the scars — and the shrapnel —from the battles he fought in our name,” Obama said during an appearance with Hagel and other officials in the East Room.

“Maybe most importantly,” Obama added, “Chuck knows that war is not an abstraction. He understands that sending young Americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that’s something we only do when it’s absolutely necessary.”

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And Hagel is worth fighting for. The Republican former senator from Nebraska should and probably will be confirmed by the Senate, despite irresponsible claims that he is anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-gay and a coddler of Iran. Most of that is false and the rest is irrelevant: As head of the Pentagon, Hagel would not determine foreign policy.

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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:18 PM

1. All this talk about Chuck being anti-Isreal

is another way to influence his thinking.

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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:06 AM

3. As long as one isn't gay or for women's rights' because that also isn't American, as is

Characterizing someone's religion, instead of a policy you disagree with

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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:11 AM

4. This sentence demeans every legitimate critic of Hagel's position on gays

The Republican former senator from Nebraska should and probably will be confirmed by the Senate, despite irresponsible claims that he is anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, anti-gay and a coddler of Iran.

Every charge save one in that sentence is false. Only the anti gay one is true. I presume the writer of the piece knows that. He chose to smear Hagel's legitimate critics by lumping them with the right wing crack pots.

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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:18 AM

5. Jeez, look at us...

2 Presidential wins and here we are, a dozen years after the start of the Iraq War... with a push for a Republican Sec. of Defense and a torturer and secret assassin for CIA Chief.

How in living fuck did we get here after electing the first black man as president? We were mobilized. We were strong. We were determined...

It was supposed to be a historic in-your-face repudiation of the George Bush years...

Holy fuck. Look at us.

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