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  •  I completely understand this sentiment... (10+ / 0-)

    But I think the GOP are in large part so ginned up about Hagel because they know he's going to push the Obama FP agenda with a [R] after his name.  

    I'm not sure this sends the message that Repubs are the Defense party anymore than you could say Dems and Obama are just as strong or not more strong on National Security/Defense that Republicans are coming to work in their administration.  Pres Obama is the President afterall and Hagel is agreeing to work to implement his agenda.  

    President Obama would have been a Republican in the 1980's.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:53:44 PM PST

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    •  Excellent point. And we are going to have a great (1+ / 0-)
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      need to be seen as absolutely solid onf Americans national security and defense to continue to wind down spending as well as troop level to pre-war level,  in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as achieve the magnitude of cuts to the "defense" and intelligence budgets needed to sustain any viable level of social programs.

      The many obsolete weapons programs that need to be shut down as part of this rationalization have strong constituencies in every congressional district.  

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 01:14:31 PM PST

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