Saturday, January 05, 2013

Truly and Royally Bucked

Chuck Hagel's selection by President Obama to be Secretary of Defense probably has nothing to do with Iran or Israel. We have civilian control of our military and it is not necessary to make sure you have "your" guy in charge to issue orders. No, I suspect that selecting the Republican Hagel has everything to do with an intent to gut our military and make sure that a Republican is seen as responsible for the effects.

I'm disappointed that President Obama would choose Hagel:

"Several sources close to the process said have told The Cable that the White House and Hagel have been in touch on a regular basis and that Hagel is indeed the expected pick," Josh Rogin reported, saying the announcement could come as soon as Monday.

A man who voted to lose the Iraq War in the summer of 2007 is no man to run the Department of Defense. His vote was both a betrayal of those who fought and died in a legally authorized war and a failure to see the trends of battlefield victory that were accumulating as the surge was begun.

Hagel brings nothing but bad judgment about fighting wars--the ultimate job of the department he would head. So why choose him?

Not to screw over Israel or appease Iran. Those would be John Kerry's jobs. No, Hagel brings one quality that the president values:

Hagel, a two-time Purple Heart recipient, served as a Republican U.S. senator in Nebraska from 1997 to 2009 and earned a reputation for bucking his party.

President Obama wants someone willing to buck his own party good and hard on defense.

Hagel will carry out orders to gut the Pentagon and will have that coveted "R" after his name to make sure the blame is properly cast away from the president and his party.

Everyone has their role in the new administration. We are so bucked.