Obama Nominates Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary – “The Leader Our Troops Deserve” (Video)

Barack Obama somehow managed to nominate a Republican who is further left than himself on foreign policy for Defense Secretary today. Hagel is well known for his anti-Israel and anti-gay statements. Hagel also believes when it comes to Iran, America is the problem.

So he’s a perfect fit for a position within the Obama Administration.

In introducing Hagel today, Barack Obama said he is, “The leader our troops deserve.”
And, you know he means it.

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  • ★FALCON★

    I caught the end of the presser with Brennan. Obama said in hopes of a quick confirmation – we don’t like to have holes regarding National security.

    Meanwhile back in reality – Obama is the biggest threat to National Security.

    Illegal, unvetted, stealth operator, usurper.

  • ★FALCON★

    Krugman Passes on Treasury Secretary Job; Wasn’t Offered It Anyway

    In a blog post on the New York Times website, columnist Paul Krugman says no to serving as treasury secretary. Which is funny because he was never offered the job anyway.


    Too bad – it would have been a treat to see Obama’s brother in Keynesian economics have a chance to put his money where his mouth is and have what’s left of the economy implode.

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  • cavt

    Not really familiar with Hagel or his views. Heard that Powell endorsed him–not a good sign.

  • Retired Army

    Yes Barry, we know what you think we deserve. Hate you too.

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg


    just goes shows to go you that Obama doesn’t
    believe our beloved troops deserve much
    .. :-(

    US even less..


  • Patty

    He wants the protest. Obama lives for protesting among the Republicans but at this point it seems it is a rarity that this goes Bi-partisan appointment.

    Obama will at nauseam continue to create chaos and blame on the Republican party but this time Democrats will also be under attack. If things don’t go to the little dictator’s liking he will fix it. He will by pass the Congress.

    The second term of Obama where we heard his work isn’t done, well, that was one truth Obama intends to keep. Chaos = Sal Alinsky.


    And I can’t imagine what Netanyahu has to say.

  • Stella Baskomb

    “Barack Obama said [Hagel] is “The [civilian] leader our troops deserve.”

    That would make one.

  • Patty

    Obama Picks Hagel for Defense; Anti-War, Anti-Israel Activists Rejoice


    The case against Hagel is clear. He has opposed sanctions on Iran while supporting negotiations with Hamas, the terrorist Palestinian group. He voted for the Iraq war but opposed it at a time when pulling out would have led to civil war and genocide. He has openly expressed bigotry against gays (for which he has offered a belated apology). He prefers a smaller military and a humbler America on the world stage. As does Obama.

    Those pro-Israel, pro-defense Democrats who argued that Hagel was “the wrong man, being considered for the wrong job, at the wrong time” (as Alan Dershowitz put it) now face the reality that they have been used, and abused, by Obama. Dershowitz in particular renewed his endorsement after being reassured that Obama would support Israel and stand up to Iran in his second term. Obama misled him, and to many others.

    Jewish legislators are unsettled by the choice of Hagel, a man who once railed against the so-called “Jewish lobby.” Sen. Chuck Schumer has refused to endorse Hagel. Even far-left Barney Frank, who covets John Kerry’s Senate seat, opposes Hagel. Perhaps now we will be spared the absurd, empty boasts of the likes of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has insisted that President Obama “has been a better, more consistent friend to Israel than previous administrations.”[…….]


  • http://unitedconservatives.blogspot.com/ Cargosquid

    I think that the GOP should ignore it and let him go. Obama would just put up a worse candidate. Pick the battles.

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg


    October 9, 2002

    Watch Chuck Hagel Call for War in Iraq

    typical bait & switch.. *sigh*


  • hermie

    If this was a Republican President who nominated hagel. The MSM would broadcast his anti-gay, anti Jew remarks 24/7. But because it is ‘The Won’ who is placing him in this position the MSM will not bring up any of those who oppose his selection.

  • http://Nah,he'llblameitonBush mountainwilliam

    How can our men in uniform look up to leaders like this?

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg


    was it Hagel and another Senator (fat, white haired Dem, not Kennedy)
    who visited Saddam’s Iraq shortly before the war against the President
    et al wishes??


  • Adirondack Patriot

    This crap could have ended on January 20, 2013.

    Now we have to wait until January 20, 2017 before sanity can be restored.

    F*** it all.

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg


    Chuck Hagel

    [A recipient of two Purple Hearts while an infantry squad leader in the Vietnam War, Hagel returned home to start careers in business and politics. He made millions as co-founder of Vanguard Cellular, and served as president of the McCarthy Group, an investment banking firm, and CEO of American Information Systems Inc., a computerized voting machine manufacturer. A member of the Republican Party, Hagel was first elected to the Senate in 1996. He was reelected in 2002, and retired in 2008. Hagel is currently a professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, the chairman of the Atlantic Council, and co-chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. He also serves on a number of boards of directors, including that of Chevron Corporation.

    On January 7, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Hagel to serve as Defense Secretary in his second term. The nomination is opposed by some members of both the right and left..]

    re: Georgetown University.. :-(


  • DomesticGoddess

    Hey gays and jews – what do you think NOW?

  • MT Geoff

    Re #13: I was on active duty during the Carter and Clinton administrations. By and large, active duty people DON’T look up to such leaders, of course, but we love our nation and we respect the offices of the civilian leaders even when we despise the incumbents. I’ve saluted many a set of bars with no respect for the shoulders under them…

  • shadow

    was it Hagel and another Senator (fat, white haired Dem, not Kennedy)
    who visited Saddam’s Iraq shortly before the war against the President
    et al wishes??

    From the description, I’d guess you mean Rep Jim McDermott from WA. If that is the case, then no, Hagel did no go with.

  • Gail

    And then there is this!!!

    John Kerry

    Should we be complaining to our reps and senators about this man being nominated for Sec of State?

    This is the Senator Kerry that I remember —–

    I had a dream last night…

    There sat John Kerry before the Senate confirmation hearings for his appointment to Secretary of State. After the Chair had praised his vast “Diplomatic Experience”… Followed by praise for his integrity, honorable service, etc. He finally turns the hearing over to the rest of the panel for questioning… and here is where my dream turned to fantasy… For in my dream… the first Republican Senator to ask a question starts like this….

    Senator… you life story is a long and storied one…well known throughout the world… and the Chair has praised your integrity and diplomatic experience… I’d like to start by asking you to once again describe your famous Christmas Eve, secret mission into Cambodia … Which I find most interesting since you weren’t even in SE Asia during the Christmas time of year? Then I would like to ask… is consorting with our nations enemies part of your “Diplomatic Experience”… Like North Vietnam while we were at war? The Sandinista’s while we were engaged in conflict in Central America ? The butcher Assad and Saddam Hussein in the Middle East … and the Russians and Chinese when we were engaged in the Cold War?

    And would you explain to us how you recruited your fellow “Winter Soldiers” to come and testify before Congress about atrocities committed by our American Soldiers and Marines… when most of the so called witnesses you recruited… were never even in the military or had ever gone to Vietnam ? Remind us of your eye witness accounts of our Vietnam Veterans as being as ruthless as the hordes of Gangues Khan? Tell us when and where you observed that first hand Senator Kerry?

    And then I’d like to know why your citations for your Silver Stars were signed by a Secretary of the Navy… years and years after the war was over? And also, is it true as charged by eye witnesses… Your Purple Hearts were as a result of your own incompetence? Friendly fire by your own hand? These are just some of the questions I have… and should be answered before your confirmation.

    And in my dream… I was cheerleading the line of questioning and thinking subconsciously… “Ask why he couldn’t pass the Bar Exam… if he is so brilliant”? “Ask him why he parked his boat in Rhode Island … Was it to avoid taxes on it in his home state”? “Ask him how he has accumulated such grand wealth on the salary of a Senator”? “Is it true that your wealth was derived by marrying rich heiresses and widows”? “And ask him why the men who served with him in Vietnam … universally hate his guts… along with 99.9% of all Vietnam Veterans”? “Ask him if it is true that of all the men and women in the U.S. Senate… he is known to be the most egotistical of them all… only his good buddy, John McCain comes close. A man who also married well… Birds of a feather”?

    And then… I woke up! Ain’t gonna happen… Politicians are gutless!

    But I have to ask myself? Is this the face America wants to present to the rest of the world? A man who has made a career of lies, falsehoods and deceit? I can think of no human being… who symbolizes the term; “Ugly American” more than John Kerry. A liar, a phony, arrogant, piece of human dog squeeze if there ever was one!

    Is this a man we should be proud to be hailed as a “Great American”? Can any foreign leader ever trust a single word out of this man’s mouth… when it is documented that he has lied to his own countrymen… time after time after time… Is this the best we have offer? In a perfect world… this man wouldn’t even be considered for “Dog Catcher”… even though he did manage to capture two in his lifetime.

    He is an insult… a mortal insult… to all who have served.