Chuck Hagel Declines China, UK, and Japan

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Former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), whose strategic mindset and approach to US foreign policy rejects the “false choice” and “zero sum game approaches” that the Bush administration has often taken in the Middle East between Israel’s interests and Arab regional interests on one hand and between Russia and NATO on the other, has been offered a number of potential Ambassadorial appointments by the Obama team.
According to a well placed source, among these have been the US Ambassadorships to the United Kingdom and to China. More recently, rumors are flying that he has been offered the position of Ambassador to Japan.
Hagel declined both the UK and China positions, according to someone in the know, and will be participating in other private pursuits for the time being. According to another source, Senator Hagel looks forward to serving the country again, but at this point he does not want to move his family abroad.
On the Japan rumor, my source made clear that Chuck Hagel would not accept Japan after having rejected other senior Ambassadorial positions.
I was told that Hagel’s private sector plans would be made public in the coming weeks, but I have confirmed that one of his arrangements is working in alliance with financier and former World Bank President James Wolfensohn.
— Steve Clemons

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30 comments on “Chuck Hagel Declines China, UK, and Japan

  1. norma says:

    What great expectations I had working for Obama’s election!! Now I believed, we would have Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, an honest man who stood against the illegal activities of his party and openly advocated the election of Barack Obama against the republican candidate John McCain.
    Now I believed, Obama would choose Republican Senator Chuck Hagel who bravely advocated the election of Barack Obama against the republican candidate John McCain Innocently believing, in hindsight, Obama would be free to choose members of his team, because he owed no one–but the people–his loyalty!!!
    Finally, we would have Senator Chuck Hagel, an honest senator who was braved and commited to American interests be appointed to head State or Defense. However, it is now apparent that again AIPAC (American Israeli Political Action Committee) has been behind the scenes moving the strings that direct Obama who to select–based on their blind commitment to Israel–not to what is good for America.
    This has become most apparent when Obama failed to select Chuck Hagel: honest, dedicated, who openly criticized his party and his president because he deeply believed that Obama was good for America.
    But instead of offering Senator Hagel a top cabinet post, such as State, Defense, etc. he is offered an ambassadorial position (to get him out of the country, no doubt).
    On top of all that, Obama picks Rahm Emmanuel, a dedicated zionist and blind defender of Israel. So we are back on the slippery slope to oblivion because Americans must defend at all costs the aggressive, murderous policies of the State of Israel. We must continue to provide Israel with the most murderous weaponry–at no cost to Israel-such as DIME (DENSE INTERNAL METAL EXPLOSIVES–this weapon has small grains,e.g. rice like pieces of metal that on contact obliterates its victims, so that no repair to the human body is possible. We must continue to provide Israel with $3B a year at taxpayer expense. We must provide them, free of charge, with weapons that they in turn can sell without restrictions to whoever will pay their price.
    Israel has entered Gaza and kidnapped members of an elected parliament and taken them to Israeli prisons. It has sent in killing squads to eliminate those they brand terrorists. America must defend Israeli actions when they enclose 1.2million people of Gaza in 27kilometers of space, cutoff food, water, electric and the basic means of existence. Why all of this? To take more land from Palestinians while mouthing that HAMAS is a terrorist party–because HAMAS WON THE ELECTION and FATAH DID NOT==fatah, our choice, but, unfortunately not the choice of Palestinians.
    Democracy American/Israeli style!! Who will benefit from this policy? Only those in the war business. Neither the Arab/Israeli people will ever know peace as long as their government seeks peace through war and deception. Hitler tried it and Germany suffered his madness for many years.
    I hope the Israelis will learn from history and not repeat the fascist propaganda of a superior race by parroting ‘never again’ while their tanks, planes and ships slaughter a defenseless civilian population. It is so easy to do so, because all they have to say is ‘they are terrorists’ much like during the 1940s and 50s when Joe McCarthy would brand his enemies as communists–until the people had enough of his power grabbing lies.
    IT HAS BECOME FRIGHTFULLY APPARENT WHO THE REAL TERRORISTS ARE–AND ISRAELI USE OF THIS TERROR TACT UNDER COVER OF GRABBING PALESTINIAN LAND.

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  2. MrMurder says:

    Apologies for multiple posts, the captcha was not showing that it cleared….

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  3. MrMurder says:

    NUCOR has a steel plant in Nebraska. Follow the Money.

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  4. downtown says:

    http://www.un.org/webcast/
    I think it’s on channel 2.
    I strongly advise you to watch the daily (weekdays)UN press conference at 12pm (Eastern) dealing with the situation in Gaza. They have direct video access to the UN human rights administrator in Gaza, an Irishman, I gather from his accent. This is just about the most informative report from the situation on the ground. The man does not mince words and stands his ground ferociously when questioned by some of the members of the American press who very obviously pursue other agendas. The situation report makes your skin crawl, well, at least if you consider Gazans / Palestinians as humans.

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  5. rich says:

    I dont’ know if I buy the characterization of the future Obama administration’s policy or a hypothetical Hagel admin policy, wigwag, or their alignments. I seriously doubt Hagel overlaps sufficiently with Paul or Buchanan or H.W. Bush, and certainly not all of them all at once.
    Two thoughts:
    We don’t know what Obama’s direction or positioning will be, but we do know he doesn’t have the luxury of just walking away. Even if his intent is to disengage from various flashpoints, Obama will have to extricate America carefully and deliberately: we’re already hip-deep in conflict after confrontation after conflict . . . and Bush is now greenlighting a number of ‘Bay of Pigs’ style covert actions that be underway when Obama takes office. BO will have to call a screeching halt after forces have been committed, go along for a wild ride he may not agree with, or manage an ungainly beast towards an impossible-to-reach middle ground. That’s just one example of the kind of thing Obama has no choice but to pro-actively address, aggressively confront, or creatively reshape.
    re Hagel. Chuck Hagel I think has specific goals in mind. Perhaps providing the basis for a viable, common-sense Republican faction is in the works–if he doesn’t do it, no one will. But taking care of business and family just makes more sense. Would you take on the Republicans?
    Would an ambassadorship to East Asia be a functional role for Hagel that allowed him to shape US foreign policy to his liking? Or even influence it? Uh, no. It’ll be interesting to see what Hagel takes on in th next 8 years–and how vocal he is about Obama’s decisions.
    There’s plenty of work for Hagel to take on without enmeshing himself in intra-staff squabbles in a Democratic administration.
    p.s. — interesting how the Isr/Pal conflict is inciting regional terrorism, wigwag–and beyond.

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  6. WigWag says:

    With all due respect to our host, Steve Clemons, it is time for him to give up the delusion that Chuck Hagel will ever play a major role in an Obama Administration. I understand why Steve likes Hagel; philosophically, Hagel (like Steve’s hero, Richard Nixon) is a realist. A Hagel foreign policy would look alot more like a Steve Clemons foreign policy or even a George H.W. Bush foreign policy.
    But despite the fondest wishes of people like Steve Clemons and Stephen Walt, Barack Obama is not a realist; he’s a Wilsonian. And Obama has stacked the foreign policy deck in his Administration with Wilsonians who possess a liberal internationalist patina.
    A Chuck Hagel foreign policy would have more in common with a Ron Paul or Pat Buchanan foreign policy than with an Obama foreign policy.
    I am sure that President-Elect Obama appreciates the endorsement from Mrs. Hagel. And I am sure that he understands that Chuck Hagel never endorsed him because Hagel didn’t want to be the Republican version of Joe Lieberman.
    Obama will happily give Hagel an Ambassadorship. But he will never give him a policy role on his foreign affairs team.
    Isn’t this obvious by now?

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  7. PissedOIffAmerican says:

    Here is why the Obama people shut down your ability to browse the questions….
    http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2009/01/five_must_read/#comment-122079

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  8. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I see that, as I predicted, the Obama “questions site” has shut off the visitor’s ability to browse through the questions. Now, they simply show us two or three questions on each topic, and declare that the questions shown are the “most popular”. Yeah right. Apparently, the questions weren’t archived, so it is possible that the posts here at TWN, where I pasted many of the questions that appeared on Obama’s website, are the only evidence of the tremendous volume of anti-Israel questions that were being posed to Obama by citizens throughout the United states.
    I find it not at all suprising that the questions site cannot be browsed, nor is it accepting anymore questions. Something tells me that the site backfired on this fraud Obama, and the questions illustrated the kinds of change that we desire, and that he isn’t willing to give.

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  9. Cee says:

    Turley has not ignored the crimes in Israel which means Obama won’t appoint or nominate him to anything.
    Obama better prove me wrong after his behind warms the seat in the Oval Office.
    http://jonathanturley.org/2009/01/04/death-in-gaza-tape-reveals-how-israeli-captain-pursued-and-shot-to-death-a-fleeing-thirteen-year-old-girl/
    Also…everyone should download and watch the foreign programs (for free) on livestation.com

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  10. John says:

    Obama needs to realize that his entire foreign policy agenda is being punk’d by the Zionists.
    They made him look like a fool when he visited Israel in 2008, when they trapped him into future silence over the upcoming Gaza atrocity with their well prepared photo ops; and they’re trying to make him look like a fool now.
    The question is, what is he going to do about it?

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  11. PissedOffAmerican says:

    In addition, I find it interesting that Olberman and Maddow are willing to have guests on their shows, such as Dean and Turley, that strongly advocate the rule of law to be applied to the crimes of the Bush Administration, yet completely ignore the ongoing crimes occurring in Gaza, that are abetted, lauded, and publically supported by the vast majority of the Democratic leadership.
    It seems that Olberman and Maddow are quite selective in how they percieve criminal or immoral behaviour, and seem to apply their conscience exclusively along political lines. I am beginning to see MSNBC in much the same light as Fox News. Rather than these two hosts pursuing story lines where they may lead, they are appearing more and more as mere party ass-lickers, performing in the tradition of Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, working to keep us, the people, bickering along party lines while both sides of the political aisle join hands and give us a concerted and royal screwing.
    Along these lines, it seems as though the MSM, having devoted an encouraging couple of days actually describing some of Israel’s more egregious actions in Gaza, has now back-peddled noticably as Israel’s actions become more and more monstrous. It almost seems as though they have been chastised or threatened in some manner, causing them to report less, and criticize not. The truly glaring absence of any MSM protests against the Israelis blocking journalists from entering Gaza is an indictment of our Fourth Estate, and says volumes about the huge sway that Israel and it’s special interest groups have on our main stream media corporations and the clown celebrities tasked to deliver the script. With each passing day, it appears, more and more, that Maddow and Olberman have donned their Bozo noses, and joined the circus.
    Hi Rachel and Keith. Respond if you dare. Or, of course, not. Welcome to Bushworld, you’ve earned your seats right next to Limbaugh and Coulter.

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  12. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Even Rachel will not take on the Hamas/Israel issue in a fair and balanced way”
    Its interesting that Olberman’s show brought up Obama’s “question site”, yet avoided mentioning that the majority of the “questions” are sympathetic to the Palestinians, and are direct queries into whether or not Obama intends to keep up the American tradition of subsidizing a nation led by murderers engaged in a campaign of genocide.
    Also, quite telling, is the fact that Obama continues to allow the AIPAC website to use his name as a marketing tool for genocide. In addition, the AIPAC website continues to cite the comments of numerous Obama “advisors”, yet provides neither direct quotes, nor names. Certainly Obama’s people MUST be aware of this, and it continues. One can only assume that AIPAC is allowed to use Obama’s name, and cite these “advisors”, with full permission from the Obama camp.
    Considering the above, and the fact that these two despicable and cowardly Democratic “leaders”, Reid and Pelosi, still enjoy their undeserved and obscenely powerful positions, we can accurately predict that our country will continue to be a willing and active participant in blatant war crimes, genocide, human rights abuses, and direct violations of the Geneva Conventions. I have never been so ashamed to be an American citizen, and entertain no optimism that our nation will ever regain its standing in the eyes of the world community.

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  13. Carroll says:

    Hagel should have been appointed Sec.of State.
    Obama as a change agent looks less and less likely.
    Meanwhile…….on the economy
    With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise
    By Jordy Yager
    Posted: 12/17/08 05:41 PM [ET]
    A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.
    Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase, amounting to an additional $2.5 million that taxpayers will spend on congressional salaries, and watchdog groups are not happy about it.
    Meanwhile ….on the Israeli slaughter In Gaza..the congresspeople who voted for it to continue.
    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll010.xml
    When are we going to..
    BURN CONGRESS TO THE GROUND AND START OVER.?

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  14. Kathleen G says:

    After watching Hagel during numerous hearings on the unnecessary and bloody war in Iraq I think I would trust this guy anywhere. He has also on many occasions been willing to call Lieberman out on the carpet for his endless lies.
    I actually thought Hagel would end up in the Obama administration. A man who seems to be filled with a great deal of integrity.
    Hey Steve saw you on Olberman ,Shuster or Maddow’s the other night..you were clear, concise and on target. You always are.
    Even Rachel will not take on the Hamas/Israel issue in a fair and balanced way. Shuster has been losing it not able to be clear thinking at all on the issue and the conflict. He keeps comparing this Hamas/Israel catastrophe to the Bush administrations invasion of Afghanistan and the Afghani lives destroyed by that unnecessary invasion. Shuster keeps saying “lots of lives lost there” As if that makes the loss of Palestinian lives acceptable. Have never heard Shuster so off base.

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  15. JRB says:

    Steve, What are you hearing about Voinovich?

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  16. Cee says:

    I see Hagel catching heat here but I recall he was one of the few that spoke up long ago about what Israel and the lobby were doing.
    What a shame that he wasn’t appointed Def. Secretary or Nat. Security Advisor.
    Why the Israel Lobby Wants to Marginalize Chuck Hagel
    6:24 AM September 13, 2006
    The effort to marginalize Chuck Hagel for saying fairminded things about Israel/Palestine is really among the most hateful/disastrous aspects of the Israel lobby’s effect in this country. So let’s connect the dots.
    Note that on the Haaretz panel that is trying to sideline Hagel, one of the “experts” is Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.N. who lives in Jerusalem. Note that, as I have reported before, Gold has pulled down $96,000 a year as a stealth “scholar” for the American Enterprise Institute. Note that Irving Moskowitz, a California doctor and backer of the American Enterprise Institute, was also a big supporter of the Netanyahu government. Note that Gold was part of that rightwing government, and note too (per the superb Israeli journalist Gershom Gorenberg in The End of Days, Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount) that Moskowitz was at Netanyahu’s side in 1998 when a group of rightwingers sledgehammered open a blocked tunnel in the Old City that leads south from the Muslim Quarter to the Western Wall—a source of great consternation to Muslims. Moskowitz has also bankrolled religious settlers in Arab areas of East Jerusalem, in an effort to solidify the annexation of Jerusalem and frustrate Arab hopes for the city. Note that Richard Perle and David Wurmser, who came up with the “Clean Break” proposal for Netanyahu to turn his back on the Oslo peace process, went from AEI to the Bush Administration, where they helped plan the Iraq war.
    The point here is the way in which supporters of Israel’s right wing come and go in Washington. The inner circle of Netanyahu’s zealots include several people who play a significant role in forming our policies in the Middle East. This little circle has an agenda they are not very straightforward about: defeat the peace process, create “more facts on the ground,” i.e., more structures of colonialism in the West Bank, and frustrate Palestinian and moderate Israelis’ hopes for an equitable solution. This interest played an important role in the Bush Administration’s ideas about Iraq: install “democratic” regimes across the Arab world—Syria was to be next—and we can forget about the Palestinian issue.
    The question that must be asked is whether this extremist religious agenda is in America’s interest. And why it is, that when Chuck Hagel or any other fairthinking American politician challenges that agenda, we are informed that they’re stepping on a political third rail—in the U.S.A. no less?
    http://www.observer.com/node/33498

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  17. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Anyone else notice that as Israel’s purposeful murder of Palestinian non-combatants becomes more and more blatant and undeniable, our resident Israel apologists become mum about this latest bloodbath? Not that they aren’t willing to defend the indefensible, because they do so ad nauseum. But the mass murders that Israel is now committing are so blatant, so egregious, that to defend these actions would only underscore the sheer evil and inhumanity of the defender.
    When Israel starts cramming Palestinian civilians into buildings that are subsequently bombed, their actions have undeniably became just as monstrous as the act of marching Jews into poisonous showers. We have reached the point where we can, with clear conscience, and total accuracy, equate the actions of modern day Israel with the actions of Nazi Germany.

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  18. Bill R. says:

    Chuck Hagel is a hated figure in the neocon/theocon dominated Republican party. He has no shot at winning a nomination in the “know-nothing” crowd.
    That said I wonder if he isn’t keeping his powder dry because he’s Sec. of Defense in waiting, pending the year long transition with Gates.

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  19. WigWag says:

    jlo asks, “Any chance Hagel could be the Ambassador to Israel?”
    Of course not jlo. That position is already spoken for. Anyone want to bet that Martin Indyk will be heading back to Israel for his third stint as US Ambassador?
    Dennis Ross, Richard Haass, Martin Indyk; it looks like the “Middle East Peace Business” is back in business!

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  20. Zathras says:

    I hope the reports mentioned here are in error. It would be a shame if Mr. Hagel turned down opportunities for service at such a difficult time.
    I can imagine that someone used to admiring, not to say extravagant, praise of his foreign policy acumen would think a mere ambassadorship beneath him. It may well be that Hagel thinks he would do better as President or Secretary of State than the people who will occupy those positions. But he’s never going to be President or Secretary of State, and if he regards subordinate but still important positions as unworthy of his time perhaps it is better he stay out of government altogether.

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  21. PissedOffAmerican says:

    easy e………
    Intending to put together a “commission” is hardly a harbinger of “change”. “Commission”, when defined as Washington defines it, is doublespeak for “cover-up”.
    Point of fact, these bastards in Washington are sworn to uphold the Constitution, and prosecuting crimes is not a “choice” that these fuckers can make at will. If there is evidence of a crime, our laws MANDATE prosecutions. And obviously there is evidence of crimes. That isn’t even a question.
    When Obama told us that Bush had not committed “grave and intentional” breaches of his authority, that told us all we need to know about Obama.
    When a representative body of our government gives a convicted felon a standing ovation, there is something seriously wrong. And now this pathetic piece of shit Reid is stating that Stevens “has been punished enough”, and should not go to jail. Pelosi takes impeachment “off the table”. Gee, wanna show me, in our body of laws, where garbage like Reid gets to decide legal punishment, or where some self serving bitch like Pelosi gets to decide whether or not to employ the checks and balances against a president WE KNOW has committed impeachable offenses?
    This proposed “commission” is a fucking joke. Just the fact that a “commission” is being proposed is the evidence that these incoming cowards and criminals do not intend to pursue prosecutions for crimes WE KNOW were committed.
    I can only hope that the war crime charges are pursued internationally, and that one or two of these murderous treasonous pieces of shit are brought to justice. But it is painfully obvious that both the outgoing and the inbcoming Administrations hold themselves above the law, and have no intention of pursuing accountability. How do I know? Well, because they have advocated a forming a “commission” instead of appointing a “Special Prosecuter”. Its not rocket science.
    By the way, ask Hagel about our politicians holding themselves above the law, and avoiding prosecution for KNOWN crimes. He knows a bit about it himself.

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  22. Albert says:

    He is going to run for president. Of course he doesn’t want to leave the country.

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  23. jlo says:

    Any chance Hagel could be the Ambassador to Israel?

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  24. easy e says:

    How about Hagel do something like Nader…..
    * * * * *
    Published on Friday, January 9, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
    OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA
    by Ralph Nader
    Dear President-Elect Obama:
    You have been receiving a great deal of advice since November 4, 2008 from people and groups who either want you to advance policies not covered in your campaign or who want you to be more specific about initiatives you emphasized.
    There are two suggestions which may not be among your store of recommendations that need to be considered before you take office on January 20, 2009.
    First, the public would benefit from a concise recounting of the state of the union and where the Bush Administration has left our country. As is your style, you can render such a bright line of serious problems inside and outside the government in a matter-of-fact manner. Otherwise, a blurring of who was responsible for what can taint your presidency.
    Second, you need to make a clean break from the Bush regime’s law of rule to our declared commitment to the rule of law as in the firm adherence to constitutional requirements and statutory and treaty compliance. There is a Bush-Cheney stream of criminal and unconstitutional actions which are on auto-pilot day after day. You have pointed out some of these abominations such as a policy and practice of torture and violations of due process and probable cause. The task before you is to break these daily patterns just as soon as you ascend to the Presidency or be held increasingly responsible for them. This can be significantly accomplished by executive orders, agency or departmental directives, whistle-blower protections, enforcement actions and explicit legislative proposals.
    With Americans wishing you well in this most portentous of times, the last thing they want to see is you tarnished by the preceding rogue regime and its ruthless monarchical forays. To avoid this contagion of power over law and its contiguous accountabilities at a time when you are striving for a “clean slate” administration, you must be decisive and eschew any excessive harmony ideology which has seemed to be your nature vis-à-vis those who are powerful but are opposed to your views.
    One possible impediment to your making a comprehensive clean break for restoring the rule of law is that you have too easy an act to follow. There are a long list of violated civil liberties that need to be restored (the American Civil Liberties Union has compiled a list of immediate actions for you to take), and resolute commitments must be made so that it is clear the United States, for example, will not engage in, or countenance, torture. Only a few restorations, however, would produce a sense of relief and flurry of accolades — but they are hardly sufficient.
    There are also regulations and interpretations of statutes that scholars believe to have been erroneous as a matter of law. As one guide for your new era of overdue regulation or reregulation—given the corporate wrongdoing these days—you may wish to refer to the Center for Progressive Reform’s report By the Stroke of the Pen.
    The Bush lawlessness and state terrorism are like a contagious disease. If you do not remove their sprawling incidence, you will become their carrier. This means you must move fast to eject the mantle of war criminality and repeated unconstitutional outrages committed in the name of the American people here and abroad.
    Sincerely,
    Ralph Nader

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  25. TonyForesta says:

    It’s glaringly clear that Hagel does not want to move his family overseas’ so any ambassadorship is a nonestarter.
    Afghanistan like, Iraq is all about the oil, and America’s imperialist ambitions of erecting and oil energy corridor out of the Caspian, bypassing Russia. All our neverending military entanglements are rooted in control of oil.
    Sad

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  26. easy e says:

    Regarding previous post, preference would be for Bush & Co. spend their remaining years confined to the Hague defending their actions to the International Criminal Court. Security apparatus TBD.

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  27. easy e says:

    So much for Hagel.
    How about JOHN CONYERS and the TRUTH COMMISSION bill he introduced, H.R. 104:
    http://www.democrats.com/democrats-must-demand-special-prosecutor-for-torture
    The measure would set up a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties, with subpoena power and a reported budget of around $3 million, to investigate issues ranging from detainee treatment to waterboarding to extraordinary rendition. The panel’s members would hail from outside the government and be appointed by the president and congressional leaders of both parties. See http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/01/sleeper_bill_of_the_month.php
    Now that’s “CHANGE” we really need. Help make it happen TWN and TPM!

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  28. JohnH says:

    Why not make Hagel ambassador to some very foreign place where many of our problems originate? Like Texas.
    After two Bushes and Lyndon Johnson, we need to start treating the place at arms length. If you could include Arkansas, then we’d have eliminated most sources of problems from the past 20 years. As part of the deal, we could permanently outsource ExxonMobil along with the rest of Houston, which have a history of perverting domestic politics and willfully igrnoring the best interests of the planet.

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  29. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I wonder, has Hagel made any public statements in regards to Israel’s actions?
    Like, I’m interested if he thinks the following is any different than marching Jews into poison gas showers…….
    Report: Israel Forced Civilians Into Single House, Repeatedly Bombed It
    UN Details Latest Gaza Incident as Death Toll Passes 800
    Posted January 9, 2009
    Israeli ground troops ordered around 110 Palestinian civilians into a single home in Gaza City’s Zeitun neighborhood and ordered them to stay indoors on Sunday. On Monday morning, Israeli forces repeatedly shelled the building, killing at least 30 of the civilians inside. It then refused to allow ambulances to retrieve the dead and dying people for days.
    This was the report released by the United Nations today based on eyewitness accounts from the survivors, and just the latest in an ever growing list of Israeli attacks on the civilian population of Gaza. Over the first two weeks of the Israeli attack, at least 800 people have been killed, and another 3,300 have been wounded. The vast majority of the strip has been without electricity since then, and a growing percentage are without clean water and dependent on intermittent humanitarian aid shipments for other basic necessities.
    Israel has refused to comment on the latest allegations, but the United States defending the growing civilian toll, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice saying that in such a densely populated area it is really hard for Israel to avoid what it has been doing, which is killing scores of civilians on a near daily basis. Though Rice attributed the civilian toll to Hamas using them as human shields, there was once again no indication that these civilians, though directly attacked, were anywhere near any Hamas targets.
    http://news.antiwar.com/2009/01/09/report-israel-forced-civilians-into-single-house-repeatedly-bombed-it/

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  30. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Steve, why not make Hagel “The Election Fraud Zcar”?
    Meanwhile, while all these status quo crooks, pimps, whores, and Israeli moles are wranglin’ to land the positions where they can inflict the most damage from, loot the coffers the easiest from, and screw their constituents outta any kind of representation, those that truly represented change are ignored.
    While Israel bathes, drinks, and revels in the blood of Palestinian children, the “change party” members are tripping over each other to see who can be first in line to slobber their unwavering support for this bloodbath.
    Meanwhile, this cowardly fraud Obama still is allowing AIPAC to market slaughter, in his name, on its website.
    Ron Paul: Gaza crisis is blowback for past US interventions
    David Edwards and Muriel Kane
    Published: Friday January 9, 2009
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) spoke on Friday in opposition to a non-binding House resolution (pdf) expressing “strong support for Israel” in its invasion of Gaza and decrying Hamas as a terrorist organization that has put “hundreds of thousands of Israelis in danger.”
    “I rise in opposition to this resolution, not because I am taking sides and picking who the bad guys are and who the good guys are.” Paul stated. “I’m looking at this more from the angle of being a United States citizen, an American, and I think resolutions like this really do us great harm.”
    “The weapons being used to kill so many Palestinians are American weapons, and American funds, essentially, are being used for this,” continued Paul. “There’s a political liability, which I think is something that we fail to look at, because too often there’s so much blowback from our intervention in areas that we shouldn’t be involved in.”
    Paul pointed out that if Hamas now has too much power, it is the fault of past actions by Israel and the United States. “We first, indirectly and directly through Israel, help establish Hamas,” he noted, “then we have an election [in Gaza], then Hamas becomes dominant — so we have to kill them. It just doesn’t make sense.”
    “There’s a lot of reasons why we should oppose this resolution,” Paul concluded emphatically. “It is not in the interests of the United States. It’s not in the interests of Israel, either.”
    Paul’s statement was consistent with his past positions. Last March, he was the sole member of Congress to vote against a one-sided condemnation of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.
    Paul stated on that occasion, “I believe it is appalling that Palestinians are firing rockets that harm innocent Israelis, just as I believe it is appalling that Israel fires missiles into Palestinian areas where children and other non-combatants are killed and injured. Unfortunately, legislation such as this is more likely to perpetuate violence in the Middle East than contribute to its abatement. … I strongly believe that we must cease making proclamations involving conflicts that have nothing to do with the United States. We incur the wrath of those who feel slighted while doing very little to slow or stop the violence.”
    continues….
    http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Paul_Expect_blowback_for_US_weapons_0109.html

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