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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:19 PM

The Proxy War Against Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon Is Really About Obama


by Howard Kurtz Jan 8, 2013 4:45 AM EST

Obamaís nomination of the former GOP senator for secretary of defense has drawn flak from Republicans and activist groups. But Hagelís not really their target, says Howard Kurtz.


The battle over the next secretary of defense isnít ultimately about Chuck Hagel. Itís about President Obama and his second-term agenda for the military.

Washington loves a good fight. Nomination battles are a kind of bloodsport here. And Hagel presents a prime target of opportunity.

Disliked by most Republicans, disowned by many Democrats, he has no natural base of support for the Pentagon job. He has, instead, a constituency of one, and that is POTUS.

Does anyone seriously think the former Nebraska senator will be dictating policy on, say, Israel or Iran, any more than Leon Panetta did? In nominating Hagel on Monday, despite plenty of attacks during the trial-balloon phase, Obama was sending the message that he wants his own man to stir things up at Defense, even if that man is a Republican. Otherwise heíd name a technocrat and avoid the messy Senate battle. The president put his own prerogatives front and center.

This is, in short, a proxy war.

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more:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/01/08/the-proxy-war-against-chuck-hagel-at-the-pentagon-is-really-about-obama.html

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bemildred Jan 2013 #1
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Wellstone ruled Jan 2013 #2
Jamaal510 Jan 2013 #3
Liberal_Stalwart71 Jan 2013 #5
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Cha Jan 2013 #6

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:47 PM

1. Notice that Hagel is everything Susan Rice is not: male, white, republican, a former Senator.

Yet the reaction is strikingly similar, and the grounds for complaint also.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 12:06 AM

7. I agree, it has more to do with who's in the White House

Not who is being nominated. Republicans are obstructionists.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:27 PM

2. Hey guys,this is just another AIPAC funded

hit job by little Billy Kristol and his band of Neo-Con Stupids. You damn well knew these freeks were coming out of their hiddy holes. Obama is threatening the Military-Industrial-Complex with cuts in favor of SOCIAL PROGRAMS. Get it!! Rich against the poor,same shit just a new day.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:12 PM

3. It's ALWAYS about Obama...

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Response to Jamaal510 (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:37 PM

5. Sho' nuff!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:28 PM

4. I don't want Hagel either

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:06 PM

6. From your article, DV.. Sounds like the President is determined to Cut Military Spending..

in a responsible way.

Does anyone seriously think the former Nebraska senator will be dictating policy on, say, Israel or Iran, any more than Leon Panetta did? In nominating Hagel on Monday, despite plenty of attacks during the trial-balloon phase, Obama was sending the message that he wants his own man to stir things up at Defense, even if that man is a Republican. Otherwise heíd name a technocrat and avoid the messy Senate battle. The president put his own prerogatives front and center.


Obama wants to complete the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and cut back on Pentagon spending, given the immense budget pressures he faces. Hagel gives him some political cover on those fronts because he canít be tagged as a left-wing, soft-on-defense Dem.

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