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Report: Obama to name Hagel as secretary of defense
Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 05.01.13, 00:57
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1. The purpose
zechariah   (01.05.13)
The Purpose is to prevent a military attack on IRANS nuclear sites so we there will be sooner or later an arms race with nuclear weapons world wide .For the JEWS IT MEANS IN ISRAEL ALOT OF NUCLEAR SHELTERS AND SECOND STRIKE CAPABILITY .
2. This is a disaster for Israel!
Robert   (01.05.13)
3. it ain't over 'til the fat lady sings!
tom ,   toronto, canada   (01.05.13)
the republicans hold a majority in the house of representatives, so an obama nomination isn't a done deal. in fact, the hearings could get quite colorful, with various members of the congressional committees taking turns at "examining" the nominee and his record.
4. What's Next? Hassan Nasrallah as CIA Director
Joey ,   United States   (01.05.13)
Obama is making the U.S. look like a clown in the International community. He is chosing someone to be Secretary of Defense that will appease Iran and show serious hostilities towards Israel. He is a backwarded President.
5. Great news, if true
Giora Me'ir ,   USA   (01.05.13)
The fight over his nomination will make it clear to the American public that the Likud-AIPAC party line is opposed by many American Jews and many American Jewish organizations.
6. If Tom is for him, heaven help Israel...
David ,   Hartford USA   (01.05.13)
Tom Friedman is no friend of Israel, and neither is Zbig. That these two 'voices' chimed in tells us that the left is drooling at the chance to do some real harm to Israel. Let's hope he doesn't get confirmed.
7. Pat Buchanan "Nominate him, Mr. President. Let’s get it on."
Steven Benassi ,   Silver Bay, MN USA   (01.05.13)
8. Hagel will make a better Sec of Defense
lydia ,   Brisbane   (01.05.13)
Leon Penetta was a git Hagel wll make a much better Secretary of Defens.
9. Bad move
Sam ,   Texas   (01.05.13)
Hagel will definitely throw Israel under the bus.......Hagel + Obama = bend over, Israel Hopefully, the Senate will reject him. Better get after Schumer, Frankel, Boxer, Levin, Lieberman, Feinstein et al to vote him down
10. The morning after the nomination
Anshel ,   Canada   (01.05.13)
The morning after President Obama officially nominated Chuck Hagel for the post of secretary of defense, the Supreme Leader of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei summoned his council and the commanders of the Revolutionary Guards. In his speech thanked to the Great Satan delivering Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon and could not stop emphasizing that the Great Satan took control over the mortal enemy, United States of America. He then went on to declare that with an enemy like Chuck Hagel, who needs friends and allies. He ordered the commanders of the Revolutionary Guards to get cracking with building the A-bomb as soon as possible and told them, now we don't have fear the Americans and the Zionists without the Pentagon's support are paper tigers. He further went on to say that even prominent American Jewish columnists like Thomas Friedman and Joe Klein are working for the ultimate interest of our Islamic Revolution and freeing Palestine from the Zionists. Now, let's hope that 60 courageous US senators, democrats and republicans, will interrupt the Grand Ayatollah's dreams from coming through.
11. finally....
Melissa ,   US of Ara   (01.05.13)
I first became aware of Barack Obama in 1988. I heard firsthand his real views about what America should be and how he views Americas obsurd and vastly islamaphobic foreign policy regarding the middle east. I was very let down in his first term besides universal health care and standing up to Netanyahu. Now that hes appointing Chuck hagel, im getting very excited for his 2nd term. He's now sending the message to us that he isn't going to let us get into a non sense war with Iran. And Hagel will have no problem taking the blame for Obama when the not pro Israel issues start coming up. I'm dancing in my chairright now. Israel has no idea what's coming. And I can't even believe you guys supported Obama. 87% of you. Yeeehaaaa, Obama and Hagel. The only thing missing is my beloved Susan rice, because John Kerry is pro Israel in my view, but Kerry is puppet potential. "Im so excited, and I just can't hide it, I knowi know I know, what's coming to you guys" that was a song btw. Yeehaah
12. Why give the position to a Republican?
Chaim Ben Kahan ,   Efrat, Israel   (01.05.13)
We already had one Republican Secretary of Defense in Gates. Is Obama secretly a Republican? One has to wonder by the way he behaves.
13. Chuck Hagel
Harold ,   USA   (01.05.13)
Mr. Chuck Hagel is a United States Hiro and absolutely deserves to be the next Secretary of Deffence.
14. Charles "Chuck" Hagel
ltrail ,   United States   (01.05.13)
Anyone that Barack Obama nominates, such as Charles Hagel, is not what America needs to serve as Sec of Defense. Enough Said.
15. Hagel at Defense
Neal ,   Minneapolis USA   (01.05.13)
Chuck Hagel certainly looks like bad news for Jews. Because I'm an American and a retired officer, I also wonder about something I've not seen addressed in general-audience news media: Does Hagel know anything about defense? The secretary doesn't command forces, but he (so far, it's always been a man) sets policy and decides what hardware is to be bought and which projects to drop. Ultimately, that matters a lot to the folks at the pointy end of the stick; bad judgement can lead to inferior weapons systems.
16. hagel
gramps ,   NY,NY   (01.05.13)
No surprise. He reflects Obama's real views on Israel and Iran and he trashes the military. He's the Obama trifecta.
17. Brzezinski - NOT a freind to Israel or Jews
Abraham ben jacob ,   Canada   (01.05.13)
18. Hagel's nomination would be unwise and provocative
Cipora Julianna Kohn ,   Z   (01.05.13)
hagel's stand on iran would directly inform the regime in tehran that obama will never use force to stop the shia terror entity's nuclear weapons program. such an open admission would encourage iran to continue its nuclear weapons program since it would not face any real pressure to stop. the appointment would be provacative since the entire world knows that hagel has a strong antipathy toward israel. the entire muslim world would rejoice to know that obama has appointed another person hostile to israel to a very top position.
19. Hagel's appointment
Cipora Julianna Kohn ,   Z   (01.05.13)
hagel's appointment proves definitively that obama is extremely hostile to israel.
20. Hagel and Obama see eye-to-eye on Israel
Israel better choose strong leaders for the next few years because it will get rough with Obama in a second term.
21. Best American and Israeli Interests
Jersey Jew ,   New Jersey, USA   (01.05.13)
Woo Hoo! Very smart to bring transparency where daylight is rarely seen by finally abandoning clearly failed, multi-decade policies and behaviours. Back to Judaic values lost looong ago ...
22. The ONLY criticism is coming from the Likudniks, neo-CONs...
Persian CAT   (01.05.13)
those who put Israel's right wingers' interests ahead of those of the United States. The American people are watching...
23. Is anyone, like: SUPRIZED??!
tom ,   tel aviv   (01.05.13)
24. Obama and Hagel will appease Arab Muslim World
David ,   Montpelier USA   (01.05.13)
Obama and Hagel will appease the Arab and Muslim world, just as Jimmy Carter did. The result will be the same: Republic victory in 2016.
25. My man, go for it !!! ,...
split ,   US   (01.05.13)
I'm going to urge my Senators to support this nomination ,...
26. Oposition Guarantees Fight
Mark of Lewiston ,   USA   (01.05.13)
Republican opposition virtually guarantees a nomination. Obama cannot give in to neocon blackmail and opposition and remain the leader of his own party. He cannot give up a second head without a fight. The neocons chose to go after Rice's head, knowing that this fight would come and that Obama would have to seek payback to retain any power in the Presidency. Hostage taking has limits.
27. Obama is a smart guy
k ,   US   (01.05.13)
nominate a Republican who is Anti-Israel Obama is a smart guy
28. 18- you said it
k ,   US   (01.05.13)
if Obama appoints this guy, it will show Obama is probably the #1 enemy to Israel on the planet
29. Who did King Bibi actively support in the election? Payback
miki ,   tampa   (01.05.13)
30. This is going to be a disaster to all of us, Jews, in and
Adam Smith   (01.05.13)
out of Israel. This is the first sign of why some of us called not to vote for Obama. And, now that we got him, thanks to the Jewish community, we will suffer the consequences, and this is only the beginning.
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