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  •  Quit obsessing over stupid party labels (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 suck up to Republicans, you have no idea the bridges he burnt with his crusade against the Iraq war. Ask his wife, who basically said his last few years there pretty much no republican spoke to him. So the last person that would endear Obama to Republicans is tho guy. Its a no brainer, and a courageous choice by Obama

    •  His view on sanctions is quite immaterial (0+ / 0-)

      Sanctions are US law and he'll be required to enforce them although the US military doesn't normally play a large role in sanctions enforcement anyway - in Iran's case it's the Treasury department which is primarily responsible for that. DADT repeal is law and he'll be required to enforce that too. A cabinet secretary does not get to pick and chose which laws he or she wants to enforce.  Obama knows that - he's not going to nominate someone he'll have to fire 3 months after he's confirmed.

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      by Shane Hensinger on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:29:13 PM PST

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