“I'm a United States Senator, not an Israeli Senator. I'm a United States Senator. I support Israel. But my first interest is I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States. Not to a president. Not a party. Not to Israel. If I go run for Senate in Israel, I'll do that."
Imagine a U.S. Senator having the nerve to make such a statement! Of course the truly sad thing is that making such a statement would be considered a disqualifying factor. One would hope every U.S. Senator or Representative would hold such views and be more than happy to express them publicly. But, alas, it is, in fact, expected in some quarters that our elected officials must always put Israeli interests first and foremost. Failure to so subjects one to the kinds of attacks that have been launched against Hagel. The knives are out and it really is disgusting.
The Weekly Standard salutes the Republican senators who stood up against the prospect of U.N. ambassador Susan Rice as our next secretary of state. But let’s be clear: Chuck Hagel would do far more damage at Defense than Rice would have done at State. To have blocked Rice and then roll over for Hagel would be a disgrace.
Looks like Obama will cave:
Just as occurred with Rice, the U.N. ambassador whose prospective nomination as secretary of State—leaked to the media—flamed out in the face of widespread criticism of her, President Obama appears to be rethinking his choice for Defense secretary.
A senior administration official told National Journal on Sunday that it was “fair” to say Obama is considering candidates other than Hagel for Defense secretary, in particular Michele Flournoy, who was under secretary of Defense for policy in Obama's first term, and Ashton Carter, the current deputy Defense secretary. Only a week ago, Bloomberg News reported that Hagel was Obama’s top choice.
The White House's revised characterization of Hagel’s standing came after what was, for the former Republican senator, a particularly discouraging series of comments on the Sunday-morning talk shows. Outgoing Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that it would be “a very tough confirmation process,” while on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Hagel’s former fellow Republican in the Senate, Lindsey Graham, said Hagel’s would be “a challenging nomination.” Graham added: “I don’t think he’s going to get many Republican votes.”
It's almost as if Obama didn't win an election a few weeks ago
If I was Obama and I thought he was the best man for the job I'd nominate him. And I'd make them block him, and explain why they're blocking a nominee from thier own party. I wouldn't make anything easier for them.
Obama caved on Rice because of the racist campaign mounted against her by the Libbie Gaian Warmer religious nutter brigade.
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