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One of the main obstacles to Chuck Hagel's confirmation as Defense secretary has gone away, as, "Based on several key assurances provided by Senator Hagel," New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a statement, "I am currently prepared to vote for his confirmation," urging fellow senators to do the same, and concluding:
I know some will question whether Senator Hagel’s assurances are merely attempts to quiet critics as he seeks confirmation to this critical post. But I don’t think so. Senator Hagel realizes the situation in the Middle East has changed, with Israel in a dramatically more endangered position than it was even five years ago. His views are genuine, and reflect this new reality.

On issues related to female and LGBT service members, Senator Hagel provided key assurances as well. He said he is committed to implementing the Shaheen amendment to improve the reproductive health of military women. He also supports the full repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

In general, I believe any President deserves latitude in selecting his own advisors. While the Senate confirmation process must be allowed to run its course, it is my hope that Senator Hagel’s thorough explanations will remove any lingering controversy regarding his nomination.

Schumer's support for Hagel was in question largely because Republicans have made a fuss over Hagel because they'd make a fuss about any Obama nominee, even, in this case, a member of their own party. Schumer was never not going to support Hagel, but he had to make a show of concern since Israel was one of the issues Republicans were throwing against the wall to see what stuck. Similarly, Republicans were never likely to seriously filibuster Hagel, but they have to show how outraged they are at every single thing President Barack Obama says or does, so they did, along the way reinforcing the need for filibuster reform.

Gotta love the Senate.

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Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:35 AM PST.

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  •  So? (0+ / 0-)

    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:42:12 AM PST

    •  Hold out for a Democrat, dammit. Or you, know, (3+ / 0-)
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      flynnieous, wader, Aunt Martha

      add fuel to the argument that our Party is far too much like the Republicans.


      Indeed, while I have many criticisms to make of the Obama administration, as we all do, I believe that the Democrats served this country’s national security needs better in recent decades than the Republicans. In the Clinton years, and in the exile years of the Bush administration, a new generation of liberal policy experts and practitioners emerged, many of whom were neither in thrall to the neo-isolationism of the post-Vietnam Democratic party nor supportive of the Bush administration’s crusading adventurism in Iraq. These people have worked to reconcile goals such as international law and nuclear non-proliferation, genocide prevention and respect for sovereignty, a commitment to American global leadership and a fierce opposition to American bellicosity. (Gharib, oddly, allows no positions between Hagel’s realism and “cakewalk utopianism.” Maybe that’s why he misleadingly calls me a “liberal hawk.”) There’s no reason that the next Defense Secretary shouldn’t come from the ranks of this impressive body of professionals, now poised to assume top-tier positions in the administration. Or if there is such a reason, the burden to present it sits on those who press instead for a Republican with a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 84. Gharib and other Hagel supporters need to make the case against Flournoy as well as the case for Hagel.

      Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

      by divineorder on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:51:01 AM PST

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      •  If the issue was about how Obama eats his (5+ / 0-)

        breakfast I dare say you would be against it. You would be first in line to state your opinion of how Obama doesn't know how to eat cereal and toast.

        Democrats have overcome the false belief that they are weak on National security, partly due to Barack Obama.

        Your "hold out for a Democrat" as if this would chase the President from his decision in this case, is really a statement to other members of the community that regardless of what Charles Schumer says on this issue, or the entire Democratic Party, let's continue to beat the drumbeat of criticism against Obama.

        I guess it's the right of everyone to criticize the President, but let's not pretend it will change the President's decision. He wants Hagel and he will get Hagel. And I think he deserves to have the candidate he believes would best assist him due to his personal comfort level of the candidate's ability and temperament, and no handful of anti-Obama voices on the internet will make any difference to this President.

        •  Nah, its more about the choices he makes with (0+ / 0-)

          important appointments than it is his breakfast cereal.

          First term was bad enough, but with Brennan and Hegel in his line up my thought that he couldn't do any worse were way off.

          Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

          by divineorder on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:20:46 AM PST

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          •  It is amazing how that which is a yawn compells (0+ / 0-)

            us to respond.... Simply amazing....

            •  It's true. (0+ / 0-)

              When one person yawns those people in that person's presence often do too.  Which just goes to show that we're in agreement that your personal attack on divineorder, filled with the usual cliches and unsubstantiated evidence about what Obama does and does not do and/or pay attention to, is boring.

              •   (0+ / 0-)

                person's presence often do too". Hmmm.... I think I saw that in a cartoon once, but not much in real life.... This explains a lot.

                I am glad this amazing President disappoints individuals on the far right, and I'm glad he disappoints many of the eager coterie of eternal critics in this community, some of whom have been opposing Barack Obama since the first day he entered office. For some, even further far back as the day he won the Democratic nomination....

                Now, as much as I admire President Barack Obama for his many great accomplishments, accomplishments that have dwarfed most other Presidents, and has already secured him a place in history as one of the greatest President this nation has ever seen.

                If he stops disappointing you all, which is impossible to do...I'm afraid I will be severely injured.  Fortunately for me...this will never happen!

                •   (0+ / 0-)

                  my headline was deleted in my above response, but I wanted to make sure I quoted you correctly....

                  "When one person yawns those people in that person's presence often do too".

                  Nothing more needs to be added to speaks for itself.

  •  "Throwing it against the wall, and seeing what (3+ / 0-)
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    sticks..." is the continuing mantra of the GOP.  They will do it for every nominee that the president brings forth.

    I pray Reid pushes forward on serious filibuster reform. No more "gentleman's agreements".

  •  Israel in a more endangered position? (4+ / 0-)

    Oh, Chuckie!

    Even as Netanyahu slams the door in the apartheid one-state solution.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:45:50 AM PST

    •  Yeah, I was wondering about that statement, too (1+ / 0-)
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      Sounds like the same claim trotted out every time there's an even oblique discussion of foreign policy in the Middle Eastern region.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:39:48 AM PST

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    •  Israel has the most powerful military (2+ / 0-)
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      in the Middle East and has a right-wing government that looks quite likely to become more right-wing in the new elections.  It is increasingly run by so-called settlers and those in support of the so-called settler movement that have no interest in a peaceful solution with the Palestinians unless the latter are in a subjugated position.

      I agree that there's absolutely zero reason to support the policies that Israel is increasingly pursuing and that Israel is absolutely not in a "more endangered position," but I also think that throwing around terms like "apartheid" that are so loaded serves only to derail conversations about those policies because then the conversations become all about the term and not about what's happening to real people who are losing their land, their livelihoods and sometimes their lives.

  •  Kabuki 3.0 -- Democrats Have Fallen In Line (1+ / 0-)
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    with every other policy put forth by the Administration, so never took Schumer (or any other Dem) seriously on this issue.  

    Remember, Senator Schumer also appeared before the National Press Club declaring that we MUST return to the 'Clinton' marginal tax rates on the wealthy.  Didn't hear a peep from him though, when the tax brackets were "upped" during negotiations.

    [BTW, I support Hagel's nomination, so my comment is not intended to diminish him in any way.]


    “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 07:53:10 AM PST

  •  Israel is more endangered by what? (3+ / 0-)
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    Blowhards in Tehran that aren't going to nuke Tel Aviv any more than Pyongynag is going to nuke Tokyo?

  •  You did realize that the man in the White House is (1+ / 0-)
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    a Democrat, right?

    Of course the Republicans are going to oppose anything he says or does.  If he comes out in favor of clean water and air for their families, they will say no to..........  What?  They already did that?  Numerous times?  FOR years?

    Not unlike Bill Clinton in the White House, Barack Obama is seen by the Reich Wing as being a usurper of the Thousand Year Konservative  Kingdom that Rush Limpbaugh and later Karl Rove promised them!  

    Until they are made to look like the dangerously conniving haters of any America, other than the corporate owned and crusader tinged religious zealots that they are, this will continue.

    Keep laughing at them, my friends.  Never miss an opportunity to laugh at their back assward world, especially when there are people in ear shot.

    Someone once asked me why do you always insist on taking the hard road? and I replied why do you assume I see two roads?

    by funluvn1 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:02:45 AM PST

  •  I called Schumer (and Gillibrand) and (2+ / 0-)
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    exhorted them to vote against John Brennan. Followed that up with an email.

    "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    by SottoVoce on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:03:42 AM PST

  •  i assume Obama talked to Schumer BEFORE he nomina (0+ / 0-)

    nominated Hagel.  If Schumer had been dead set against Hagel, Obama would have wanted to know that in advance and would have worked to assuage his concerns before he announced the nomination.   For that reason, I was never in doubt that Schumer would announce his support.

  •  "So, you're on board with the Iran thing, right?" (0+ / 0-)

    Well alrighty then.

    The Aggressively Ignorant Caucus is getting aggressively ignorant again.

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:18:38 AM PST

  •  Full-page ad in the NYT today (1+ / 0-)
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    from something called the "Emergency Committee for Israel" addressed to Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand, and urging them to vote against the "Anti-Israel Nominee for SecDef". It contained  marvelously vague and content-free screeds against Hagel (the sort of hollow smear one might read on any right-wing blog) from the likes of Ed Koch, Alan Dershowitz and the Washington Post. Leaving aside their fairly poor sense of timing, the ad DID prod me to email my two Senators on the issue: to urge them to vote FOR Hagel's nomination; and citing our Vice President's recent framing of issues (i.e. "malarkey") as a main reason.  

    •  The death rattle of the neocons. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm surprised Frank Gaffney, John Bolton, Max Boot, or Austin Bay didn't get their $00.02 in.

      Their real God is money-- Jesus just drives the armored car, and his hat is made in China. © 2009 All Rights Reserved

      by oblomov on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:41:51 PM PST

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