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View Diary: Nick Turse: Chuck Hagel and Murder in Vietnam (28 comments)

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  •  As always, follow the money. (8+ / 0-)

    Behind the virulent attack on Hagel's pending appointment as Secretary of Defense is the military-industrial combine's attempt to protect the bloated defense budget.

    That's the point, Hagel publicly acknowledges that the defense budget is bloated and, if appointed, would take steps to reduce the bloat. Opposition to Hagel uses any subterfuge - references to Israel and gays - to keep him from following through on Obama's promise to reduce defense spending - at last.  

    •  100% opposition based on the fear that he may (0+ / 0-)

      Not support giving the military and defense contractors everything they want.

      A standing army is like a standing member. It's an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure. Elbridge Gerry - Constitutional Convention (1787)

      by No Exit on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 05:56:36 AM PST

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