Thu Jan 31, 2013, 06:30 PM
Mass (26,974 posts)
Hagel and U.S. as 'world's bully' -- in context
Shockingly, sometimes the media do their job.
Ex-Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) got into a back and forth with freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over remarks Hagel made during an appearance on a call-in talk show on Al Jazeera.
The clip cited by Cruz has been making its way around conservative blogs over the past few days. In it, Hagel is asked about an emailed question from a viewer (in Georgia in the United States), who notes the perception that the U.S. is viewed as the “world’s bully.”
EMAIL QUESTION: “Can the rest of the world be persuaded to give up their arsenal when the image of the U.S. is that of the world’s bully? Don’t we indeed need to change the perception and the reality before asking folks to lay down their arms (nuclear or otherwise)?
HAGEL: Well, her observation is a good one, and it’s relevant. Yes, to her question, and again I think that’s all part of leadership.
Here is what the full answer was.
HAGEL: “…And again I think that all part of leadership. That’s why this must begin with the United States and Russia. Look, for example, what President Obama has done in the first two months he’s been in office. His Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton, has met with the Russian Foreign Minister. She’s been in five regions of the world. The president of the United States is out of the United States now. He’ll be in different parts of the world over the next week. I think that is the beginning of, not just symbolism of reaching out, but, in fact, engaging, listening, finding common ground to build common interests based on consensus. We’re going to have differences. We will always have differences. But we should define our relationships based not on those differences but on our common interests.
HOST: “Well, I mean, that brings us to the new administration that is here in Washington. I think that perception of the United States being a bully in the world has come largely from what the previous administration has done.”
HAGEL: “Oh, I think that’s right. We are now in our unfortunately seventh and eighth years in two long wars. That’s not all America’s fault. Of course not. But I think this last administration misplayed a lot of the great goodwill that were to this country after the terrorist attacks on this country on Sept. 11, 2001. The fact is, the past is the past and we now move forward. Let’s try to get to high ground and fix some of these great problems and challenges for mankind. Working together, I believe we can do that.”
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Response to Mass (Original post)
Thu Jan 31, 2013, 06:52 PM
Cynicus Emeritus (172 posts)
2. This is what happens when we have elected leaders that fail to represent
only the interests of Americans and the USA without any conflict of interest. Instead they represent other countries like Israel etc and global corporations that by definition represent the capitalists of the world.
These pols need exposed and identified for what they really are.... corporate whores and traitors to Americans. Such politicians have worked against the American people for years and McCain is most definitely one example.
Americans have been driven and co-opted into believing it is good to be the bully and imperialist of the world. We won't realize just how bad it has been to us (and we've been had) until we all lose our pensions and security while the financiers are bailed out again.
Response to Mass (Original post)
Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:06 PM
Bluenorthwest (40,438 posts)
3. "We are now in our unfortunately seventh and eighth years in two long wars. Because I voted for
both of them."
Funny how he always leaves that part out. Self serving, but funny. He paints himself as a bystander as if he had voted against the wars.....