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    has already shown his support for educational benefits for enlisted personnel. He was a co-sponsor of the 9/11 GI Bill and spent years getting it through congress.

    Today's volunteers, Hagel said, deserve "what I got coming back from Vietnam, what Warner got coming back from World War II and what [Rep.] Charlie Rangel [D-N.Y.] got coming back from Korea."

    It'd be hard to find a Republican Senator who'd be more of an advocate for the ranks since he was one himself, never rising above Sergeant.

    What Sec of Defense ever advocated for labor at contractors? That's the job of the Secretary of Labor.

    The Human Rights Campaign has endorsed his support for LGBT servicemen and women. The Log Cabin Republicans are the ones opposing him. The target of the slur he made in 1998 (Ambassador James Hormel) made the following statement:

    Senator Hagel’s apology is significant–I can’t remember a time when a potential presidential nominee apologized for anything. While the timing appears self-serving, the words themselves are unequivocal–they are a clear apology. Since 1998, fourteen years have passed, and public attitudes have shifted–perhaps Senator Hagel has progressed with the times, too. His action affords new stature to the LGBT constituency, whose members still are treated as second class citizens in innumerable ways. Senator Hagel stated in his remarks that he was willing to support open military service and LGBT military families. If that is a commitment to treat LGBT service members and their families like everybody else, I would support his nomination.
    He was one of only 3 Senators who voted with Democrats to begin troop withdrawals from Iraq within 120 days (2007).

    There's an historical case to be made that we should not choose a Republican over a Democrat that has legs in my view, but on actual issues that a Defense Secretary will have influence over he's not a bad objective choice.

    47 is the new 51!

    by nickrud on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:03:35 PM PST

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