Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:09 PM
kpete (43,573 posts)
· A Reminder: What the Hagel Farce Was Actually About
· A Reminder: What the Hagel Farce Was Actually About – Outsourced to Peter Beinart
The right’s core problem with Hagel wasn’t his alleged anti-Semitism. From Jerry Falwell to Glenn Beck to Rupert Murdoch, conservatives have overlooked far more egregiously anti-Jewish statements when their purveyors subscribed to a hawkish foreign-policy line. The right’s core problem with Hagel was that he had challenged the Bush doctrine. Against a Republican foreign-policy class that generally minimizes the dangers of war with Iran, Hagel had insisted that the lesson of Iraq is that preventive wars are dangerous, uncontrollable things. “Once you start,” he warned in 2010, “you’d better be prepared to find 100,000 troops.”
4 replies, 624 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
· A Reminder: What the Hagel Farce Was Actually About (Original post)
Response to kpete (Original post)
Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:37 PM
Bluenorthwest (32,035 posts)
1. O! Joy!
The DOD will now be headed by Republicans for a full 16 years at minimum. I for one do not find that news to be the best possible news just because the other Republicans have issues with him.
Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #1)
Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:15 PM
jrandom421 (582 posts)
2. The Department of Defense is not a private fiefdom
The Defense Secretary serves at the pleasure of the President. Which means he toes the line the President has drawn, does a huge good faith effort to implement the President's policies. If he fails at that, or does some really crazy stuff, like attempting to attack North Korea on his own authority, he's gone. End of problem.