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Chuck Hagel and 'The Wall'
From Jan C. Scruggs: "Chuck Hagel was a prime target for the opposition. He was the talented second-in-command at the Veterans Administration, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a highly respected appointee in the Reagan Administration. He was told that he should join the team opposing Lin's design. If he did not join the opposition, he would be out of work. Friends at the White House would see to it that he would be fired. Most people would have caved. Hagel did not.

There are a few examples of stunning courage in Washington. Most are unheralded, this was one. Hagel said, "I serve at the pleasure of the President. If he fires me for supporting a design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, so be it." read more>>>

Chuck Hagel is Obama's likely choice to lead the Pentagon, setting up a possible Senate confirmation fight
WASHINGTON - January 4, 2013 - President Obama is expected to nominate Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator and Vietnam veteran, to be Defense secretary, officials said, setting up a confirmation battle with lawmakers and interest groups critical of Hagel's views on Israel and Iran.

White House officials said Friday that the president hadn't formally offered the job to Hagel, but others familiar with the process said that the announcement could come as soon as Monday.

Hagel, who was elected to the Senate from Nebraska in 1996 and retired in 2008, was awarded two Purple Hearts for wounds he received as a soldier in Vietnam. His experience serving in that war made him wary about using force unless other options had been tried, he said in a recent interview with the history magazine Vietnam.

"I'm not a pacifist. I believe in using force but only after a very careful decision-making process. "I will do everything I can to avoid needless, senseless war," he said. read more>>>

With Sen. Kerry at State they both bring a non political ideology and understanding of wars especially of choice, like Gen. Shinseki brought to the VA finally while the Country still refuses to Sacrifice, to these two extremely important leadership rolls with common sense and extreme critical thought as to what this Country should be and once was thought of by most of the rest of the planet, perfect no, nobody is, but respected and highly experienced!

Myself: USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 who remembers well the well financed and political fight over 'The Wall' design and especially the language and more used by our brother 'Nam vets, much like today's especially coming from the heavily financed Neo-Con Israeli propaganda machines against Hagel, who were front and center for the politics of opposition, then like much they do took credit after it was built and became the most popular Memorial of Honor on the Mall and is to this day!

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:27:32 AM PST

  •  The neocons and wingers do not respect guts; (2+ / 0-)
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    jimstaro, aseth

    they want conformity, control, and mindless allegiance.  Watching them attempt to bully Hagel in confirmation hearings should be pay-for-view.  The GOP used to have people like Hagel, people who were proud to have served in the military.  Now they're a sour band of chickenhawks who think they are brave by being intractable.
    Thank you for giving Hagel and Kerry the boosts they have so richly earned.  Their presence truly serves to highlight the utter mealiness of the GOP at this time in their history.  Think about it.  When the poopola hits the fan, who do you follow through the brown storm and out of the building, Hagel or Cantor, Kerry or Gohmert?

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:45:24 AM PST

    •  As I Just Replied (0+ / 0-)

      In this Diary in agreement with:

      As a 'Nam Vet I'm with you, especially with Kerry at State, sense continues to be brought in since the almost total destruction of that so call National Security which the next generations will still be dealing with but the hatreds towards us, All, are not as strong as they were four years ago and going into the fifth, thankfully!

      As also the coming generations will be paying down the costs, not only for the two wars of choice as the rubber stamping and rapid deficit rise started Before 9/11, as to the results of not only the near destruction of National Security but the Human Costs for the very few who actually Sacrificed!!

      Those that Obama kept inially or has appointed to his cabinet, especially even with the letter (R) after their names and related to defense and security not only worked hard in rebuilding what was nearly destroyed but extend themselves to giving much needed help, not only in words, to Shinseki as to the Veterans Community, as the (T)bag reps, especially when the country who haven't demanded to sacrifice turned the House back over to their control, try and tear that agency down in their long want to privatize, and I see more of the same with choices like Hagel, politics are pushed way back on these issues and have been the first term four years!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:56:31 AM PST

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  •  Although I want a Democrat for SOD... (3+ / 0-)
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    jimstaro, aseth, wilderness voice

    ...and for that  matter for all cabinet positions (it's called "we won the goddamn election"), it should be fun to watch all the chickenhawks question the fitness for the job - and probably also the patriotism - of one of the few prominent Republicans who actually did serve his country. Whether he's confirmed or not, that'll be worth the price of admission.

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:49:55 AM PST

  •  I'm supportive of this nomination (1+ / 0-)
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    "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

    by conspiracy on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 05:54:20 AM PST

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