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  •  Can you provide a few reasons... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... for your opinion, besides Obama picked him?

    •  come upthread (6+ / 0-)
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      Aquarius40, doroma, wishingwell, poco, Pluto, Matt Z

      Decent discussion starting about 25 comments above in my "I like the pick" thread. Might be easier to all talk in one place?

    •  Really simple (11+ / 0-)

      Hagel is better than any democrat who would be considered in the following areas:

      Afhanistan - he was against Obama's surge and thought the war should end then

      Iran - He's not only against a military strike, he's also against unilateral sanctions. No democrat holds that position.

      Israel - Unlike just about EVERY Democrat he's not beholden to them and would be an honest broker

      Defense Budget - He's said, once removing the bluntness of the instrument, the level of the cuts in sequester are doable/ Again, a position almost no other democrats are taking.

      So either we can obsess over party labels or actually, you know, look at what the guy believes. And if you think Obama picked him to suck0up to Republicans, you have no idea the bridges he burnt with his crusade against the Iraq war. His wife basically said his last few years there basically no republican spoke to him. Its a no brainer, and a courageous choice by Obama

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