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  •  Yep, GOPers--you Did Lose the Election... (3+ / 0-)

    ...and the right to cram a Neo-Con War Cabinet down our throats.

    Of course, the chickenhawks have a real problem with the fact that the POTUS wants a man who "shares Obama’s aversion to military intervention".

    But, unlike the warmongering chickenhawk neocons--that man has personally seen the costs of war, and isn't eager to send other people's children into unnecessary quagmires.  

    Which is why White House officials described him as...

    ...ideally suited to managing the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and the shrinking Pentagon budget....

    And that's what's really, really scary to the GOPer/neocon posse:  A drawdown of US forces, a Shrinking Pentagon Budget, and a new era in American foreign policy.

    ...the struggle over Hagel is a struggle over whether Obama can change the terms of foreign-policy debate....

    At the heart of the opposition to Hagel is the fear that he will do what Republicans have thus far largely prevented: bring America’s experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan into the Iran debate.

    What the Republican foreign-policy establishment fears is that with Hagel as secretary of defense, it will be impossible for Obama to minimize the dangers of war with Iran...

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