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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:31 PM

Hagel Said to Top Obama’s List to Take Over at Pentagon

Source: Bloomberg


By Hans Nichols - Dec 13, 2012 2:59 PM GMT-0400

Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has emerged as the leading candidate to become Obama’s next Secretary of Defense and may be nominated as soon as this month, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Hagel, who served as an enlisted Army infantryman in Vietnam, has passed the vetting process at the White House Counsel’s office, said one of the people. The former Nebraska senator has told associates that he is awaiting final word from the president, said the other person. Both requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters.

Other contenders are Michele Flournoy, former defense undersecretary for policy, and Ashton Carter, deputy defense secretary, administration officials have said.

Obama invited Hagel to the White House on Dec. 4 to discuss the position with him, according to an administration official. The president hasn’t made a final decision, said another official. Both asked for anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-13/hagel-said-to-top-obama-s-list-to-take-over-at-pentagon.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:26 PM

1. first need an investigation of this: hagel won his neb seat in an election counted on HIS voting mac

hines.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:27 PM

2. So now we are not supposed to say that Republicans are a racist vote suppressing

Party anymore? Are they all better now? Time for compromise and tickle games with Chuckie again?
Well, when the time comes we know the GOP always stands with Obama, so I guess this is really wise.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 03:34 PM

3. if he thinks hagel is the best man for the job ...

then he`ll pick him.

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 04:12 PM

4. Keeps extending the olive branch and then gets kicked in the teeth

for his efforts. Please, Mr. President, why not play really hard hard ball.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:41 PM

5. I think Hagel would be excellent at this position -- and I doubt he'd be knuckling under to the R's.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:04 PM

6. NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

A DINO -- well, that'd be par for the course (see under Rice, Susan). But an actual repuke???

I seem to recall an election last month. Who won?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:12 PM

7. This is bullshit and just plays into the myth

that repukes are "tough on defense." LOL.

The only things pukes are tough on is the budget, as they squander billions in useless giveaways to profiteering corporations.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 07:19 PM

8. I don't understand

I voted for the first time in my life this election, and my Democratic party won.

So why is a Republican in this ?

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