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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:12 PM

Israel Vows To Use Veto Power If Chuck Hagel Confirmed As U.S. Secretary Of Defense

JERUSALEM—Top-ranking government officials in Jerusalem confirmed Tuesday that Israel would exercise its longstanding, constitutionally granted veto power over American policy if U.S. lawmakers confirmed retired congressman Chuck Hagel as the United States’ next Secretary of Defense. “In light of Mr. Hagel’s worrying remarks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and questionable classification of Israeli interests as ‘the Jewish lobby,’ we consider him a highly inappropriate choice for Defense Secretary who stands far out of line with our national priorities, and therefore we are prepared to swiftly and resolutely use our official veto power over this U.S. action,” said Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev of the legal maneuver that the small Middle Eastern nation has employed to block U.S. Cabinet nominees, U.S. legislation, U.S. international relations, and U.S. domestic policy over 1,400 times in its 64-year history. “Because congress does not possess the necessary nine-tenths majority to override an Israeli veto, they’ll have no choice but to head back to the drawing board and provide a Defense Secretary whom we find more suitable.” Sources confirmed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had sent the White House a list of three individuals the Israeli leader considered appropriate to head the American military from which U.S. President Barack Obama could choose.


http://www.theonion.com/articles/israel-vows-to-use-veto-power-if-chuck-hagel-confi,30824/

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Reply Israel Vows To Use Veto Power If Chuck Hagel Confirmed As U.S. Secretary Of Defense (Original post)
2ndAmForComputers Jan 2013 OP
riverbendviewgal Jan 2013 #1
Proud Liberal Dem Jan 2013 #3
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #5
awoke_in_2003 Jan 2013 #12
davidpdx Jan 2013 #19
freshwest Jan 2013 #2
Behind the Aegis Jan 2013 #14
Lionessa Jan 2013 #4
2ndAmForComputers Jan 2013 #7
xxxsdesdexxx Jan 2013 #6
Whisp Jan 2013 #8
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #9
Kurska Jan 2013 #13
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #15
2ndAmForComputers Jan 2013 #21
oldhippydude Jan 2013 #10
jimmyzvoice Jan 2013 #11
Larrymoe Curlyshemp Jan 2013 #16
Drunken Irishman Jan 2013 #17
davidpdx Jan 2013 #20
Paladin Jan 2013 #18

Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:15 PM

1. Read the first few words and I grew upset

until the link..the Onion is quite funny.

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Response to riverbendviewgal (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:21 PM

3. Me too

though it's really hard to tell sometimes

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Response to riverbendviewgal (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:24 PM

5. Yes - I thought wtf

until I saw the origin.

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Response to riverbendviewgal (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 02:36 AM

12. Caught me for a moment, too. nt

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Response to riverbendviewgal (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:54 AM

19. Yeah me too

Without the Onion link it would have had me.

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:20 PM

2. Hell, I knew that was Borowitz or the Onion, but some will believe that... It's that crazy here.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:22 AM

14. "but some will believe that" Yup.

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:22 PM

4. The is The Onion... and should be noted as such in the title, imo.

 

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Response to Lionessa (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:48 PM

7. Nah, where would be the fun in that?

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:55 PM

6. haha nice fake news story The Onion

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:17 PM

8. lol!

 

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:29 PM

9. Uh oh, the Onion better watch out!

It'll appear on the 2013 Simon Wiesenthal Center list of "top antisemites" with this article! It'll be #2, way, way ahead of antisemitic political parties in Europe!

Wear a helmet, The Onion, you're going to need it!

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #9)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:20 AM

13. Haha, duzy. You should tell his mother that joke about him being overzealous against antisemitism.

Oh I forgot, his mother was murdered by antisemites in cold blood along with majority of his extended family.

How embarrassing on my part.



Simon Wiesenthal is a great man who suffered incredible human tragedy and did everything he could to bring justice to that horrible situation. You're free to mock him as you're free to mock anyone, but I wonder what you have done that is even close to comparable to helping bring a man partly responsible for 6 million murders to justice?

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Response to Kurska (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:23 AM

15. We agree on Mr. Wiesenthal

The organization that bears his name is not the man, however. When ink on paper accusing Netanyahu of wringing votes out of the recent assault on Gaza is worse than organizations that torch synagogues, deface cemeteries, assault Jews, and call for "roundup lists" of Jews in that nation - as the SWC recently decided is indeed the case - you have to sit back and realize that maybe politics has a louder voice than purpose in that organization.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:09 AM

21. +1. I wonder if Mr. Kurska thinks these screwed up priorities can't be criticized or mocked.

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:12 PM

10. crap i alreqdy called 911 for the friggen heart attack.... then find out it's the onion..n/t

how would Bibi do it through his usual ambassador Sheldon Adelson

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:20 PM

11. In politics, sarcasm is often difficult to discern from the truth.

Rachel Maddow has pointed this out on numerous occasions. She has demonstrated how even those who are the butt of the joke will believe it.

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:04 AM

16. Love that Onion!

 

Rec

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:10 AM

17. It'd be funny if it weren't true.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:57 AM

20. In a sad way it is

There are a number of Senators and Congresspeople who will vote the way they are told to. If the filibuster reform isn't passed I think they could scrape up 41 votes to block his nomination in the Senate.

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Response to 2ndAmForComputers (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:22 AM

18. The Onion Hits One Out Of The Park, Yet Again. (nt)

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