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February 01, 2013
Despite Public Claims that Hagel Was Heckled by Evil Republicans, White House Aides Privately Admit His Performance Was "Somewhere Between Baffling and Incomprehensible"
Dealing with Iran is complicated, but President Obama’s policy on the question of whether a nuclear-armed Iran could be successfully “contained’’ – the way the Soviet Union was during the cold war – is simple.
I'll say one thing about that -- Hagel's answer really is Obama's answer. Obama plans to allow Iran to have the bomb, and then try containment; he's lying for political reasons.
If Hagel's answer on that was incomprehensible, it's because the policy he's trying to parrot is incomprehensible. And dishonest.
The nomination of Chuck Hagel was a giddy moment for a small cadre of intellectuals eager to shift the foreign-policy debate in general, and the Democratic Party’s foreign-policy thinking in particular, to the left. The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons, a “realist” advocating a return to Nixon-Kissinger foreign-policy-making with little regard for human rights, pounded the table for Hagel’s nomination. Peter Beinart called Hagel “the New Eisenhower” and predicted naming him “will be the greatest blow in years to the culture of timidity that dominates the Democratic foreign-policy class.” Clemons predicted the Hagel nomination would be a cakewalk: “The GOP rightly or wrongly has had its cannon blast over Susan Rice. They can’t do it twice.”
He then snarkily links Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time." This of course is liberal bloggers' method of expressing contempt so perfect you don't even bother with a solid joke. (Actually, I guess it's my method, too.)
He not only had to correct and revise statements he had made in the past. He also kept making new statements during the hearings that required real-time renunciation. He called the Iranian government “elected, legitimate,” and when asked to clarify how this could describe a government whose election process and popular legitimacy are, to say the least, shaky...
And you want that kind of firmness of mind and steelness of resolve in your Secretary of Defense.
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