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    his "Jewish lobby" comments are cause for concern.  Not "Israeli lobby", "AIPAC", "Israel lobby", nope .. "Jewish lobby".  At the very least, he should explain that.

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:42:49 PM PST

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      the ad is bad.  They could have made their point that Hagel was unacceptable to them as SoD without this.

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:46:47 PM PST

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    •  I think he definitely misspoke there, but the (1+ / 0-)
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      reason I'm drawing attention to this particular ad is the violence.  Broken glass with the President and Senator's faces also in pieces showing through the shards, then the explosion of glass at the end over Hagel's face, with puffs of smoke.  It's appalling.

      Hagel, was right to be against the Iraq War, as was Obama.  Hagel also wants us to use detente with Iran, as did Obama, which is why he won the Presidency.  Indeed, most Americans think talking is preferable to bomb, bomb, bombing Iran.

      Hagel has been a Senator for a long time, and the majority of his colleagues think he is pro Israel and defintely not anti-semitic.  

      That one slip is not enough to rule him out as Secretary of Defense.  

      Chuck Hagel Anti-Israel Charge Is 'Extremely Stupid,' Nebraska Rabbi Says

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      by CIndyCasella on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:59:25 PM PST

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      •  I'm sure an explanation (0+ / 0-)

        that he misspoke would go a long way.  There are reasons to oppose the appointment, but his stance vis-a-vis Israel is not one of them.  The only reservation I have about Hagel is that he's a Republican and I think we really need to stop sending the message that Democrats are weak on defense. Do you see GOP presidents appointing Democrats to tradionally "Democratic" slots such as Education or HHS? I'd like to see General Wesley Clark as SoD. He's a Democrat, and no one could question his pro-Israel bona-fides.  The man is partially Jewish himself and even boasted of a long rabbinic lineage.  And yet, he can also empathize with the Palestinians.

        "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

        by TLS66 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 03:11:55 PM PST

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      •  Iraq war vote? (0+ / 0-)
        Hagel, was right to be against the Iraq War...
        Voted for the Iraq war
        Voted for the Patriot Act
        Voted for the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts
        Voted for No Child Left Behind
        Voted against Bush’s Medicare prescription drug bill
        Voted against McCain-Feingold
        I think he warned against the war but voted for it. By 2005 he was openly against the war and voted against the surge.

        On August 18, 2005, Hagel became the first Republican U.S. senator to publicly criticize the Iraq war and to call for withdrawal. He has compared the war to Vietnam, openly mocked Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that the Iraqi insurgency was in its "last throes," and called for a withdrawal of troops to begin "within the next year." [1]

        In November of 2005, Senator Hagel made a much-publicized statement saying "To question your government is not unpatriotic -- to not question your government is unpatriotic." This was in reference to the increasing amount of debate surrounding the Iraq War, and his assertion that the United States should withdraw its troops.

        In December of 2005 in reference to Bush the GOP and the Patriot Act's erosion of civil liberties, Hagel made a much-publicized statement saying "I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn't take an oath of office to my party or my president," [2]

        On Friday, July 28, 2006 Hagel made another public statement against the war when he referred to it as "an absolute replay of Vietnam." In an interview with The World-Herald, Hagel stated that the Pentagon is wrong to increase the number of American troops Iraq. He also said that American soldiers had become "easy targets" in a country that has turned into "absolute anarchy."

        Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

        by Just Bob on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 08:40:34 PM PST

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