Saturday, January 05, 2013

Obama to Officially Nominate Hagel for Defense Secretary

News trickled out yesterday that President Obama will nominate former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) for Secretary of Defense sometime this upcoming week, even though the initial reaction to his proposed nomination was so negative only a few weeks ago from both sides of the aisle.

The odd bipartisan nature of negative comments delivered on Hagel's nomination stem from his extremely far-left foreign policy doctrine, which offend Republicans with his crusade against the Iraq War, Democrats with his suggestion that there is a Jewish lobby in Washington and almost everyone with his absolutist dove approach towards Iran's nuclear ambitions. 

Now, I'm no expert on Defense Secretaries, but from my personal research of Hagel's comments and stances, he might be the more dovish individual to lead, if approved by the Senate, America's defense policy since Mel Laird in the Nixon administration, who was strongly opposed to Vietnam and enacted the policy of Vietnamization. 

And when we're dealing with a nuclear ambitious country such as Iran, which is driven by radical religious ideology and a strong desire to see entire nations wiped off the map, it's not a good idea for our Secretary of Defense to be to the left of the United Nations and oppose any action against them...

I'm sorry, but for someone who has made reasonably good decisions in selecting officials to lead our foreign policy apparatus, what in the hell has possessed President Obama to nominate such a man as Hagel - an isolationist and much opposed individual to replace Leon Panetta... Who was approved unanimously.

I don't understand how this nomination in the foreign policy or political realm makes one lick of sense for President Obama, or honestly, the nation - and I hope a bipartisan coalition kills it...

What say you?