Krauthammer: “Is This the Best Mind That Obama Could Find to Run the Largest Entity on the Face of the Earth?” (Video)

The Special Report panel took turns berating former Senator, Chuck Hagel in the wake of his contentious Confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday.

First Steven Hayes took some swipes, reading off his list of the most egregious moments from the hearing. Then the Washington Post’s Charles Lane said something, (edited out of the video.)

Then Dr. K dripped the hammer; “His problem isn’t a paper trail. His problem is a demonstrated, incredibly remarkable lack of competence,” Charles started. He continued to blast the poor guy for his “astonishing lack of competence”, honesty, and borderline anti-Semitism. He concluded by asking, “is this the best mind that Obama could find to run the largest entity on the face of the earth?

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Yid With Lid: Holy Cow—Hagel Was EMBARRASSING!

Regular readers of this site know that I have not been in favor of former Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination—but even his biggest detractors did not expect the performance he gave today during his senate confirmation hearings.   It wasn’t that he said things that people disagreed with, or got caught with some sort of scandal–he looked totally unprepared and out-classed. He was pathetic.

The guy knew what he would face…his own statements and record, many of them were posted here. Chuck Hagel had weeks to figure out responses–and OH MY GOD, he didn’t even understand what containment means.

PJ Media: Hagel Confirmation Hearing: The Mother of All Bombs:

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stepped before two congressional committees on Benghazi this month, she was ready for every question fielded at her and, save for the infamous “what does it matter” moment, didn’t crumple under the pressure.

Today, President Obama was likely wishing some of that preparedness would have rubbed off on his Defense secretary nominee.

Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing before his former Senate colleagues was, in a nutshell, a minefield despite the simple, predictable questions lobbed his way. In short, he appeared exceptionally uncomfortable and unsure for a man who would command the most powerful military on Earth.
This of course makes him uniquely qualified to help our now “flexible” Commander in Chief  manage America’s decline:
Hagel himself doesn’t matter. He won’t make foreign policy. Obama will run it out of the White House even more tightly than he did in the first term. Hagel’s importance is the message his nomination sends about where Obama wants to go. The lessons are being duly drawn. Iran’s official media have already cheered the choice of what they call this “anti-Israel” nominee. And they fully understand what his nomination signals regarding administration resolve about stopping them from going nuclear.The rest of the world can see coming the Pentagon downsizing — and the inevitable, commensurate decline of U.S. power. Pacific Rim countries will have to rethink reliance on the counterbalance of the U.S. Navy and consider acquiescence to Chinese regional hegemony. Arab countries will understand that the current rapid decline of post-Kissinger U.S. dominance in the region is not cyclical but intended to become permanent.Hagel is a man of no independent stature. He’s no George Marshall or Henry Kissinger. A fringe senator who left no trace behind, Hagel matters only because of what his nomination says about Obama.However the Senate votes on confirmation, the signal has already been sent. Before Election Day, Obama could only whisper it to his friend Dmitry. Now, with Hagel, he’s told the world.

Francis W. Porretto, Liberty’s Torch: A Flip Of The Bird, Obama Style:

Obama might have played a long shot here. Even the Senate’s Democrats will hesitate before awarding him their votes. However, the probability or improbability of Hagel’s confirmation pales before the political importance of his nomination.

Politically, the Hagel nomination does three things:

  • It reassures an important component of Obama’s support base that yes, he really does hold America responsible for what’s wrong with the Middle East and the world generally;
  • It exerts an intense, unpleasant pressure on the Republican caucus in the Senate, whose members are mostly old-line GOP Establishment loath to criticize a fellow Republican even when he richly deserves it;
  • While adhering cosmetically to the tradition of having one Cabinet member from the opposition party, it simultaneously expresses Obama’s contempt for his political adversaries in the clearest possible terms, thereby maddening his opponents and reassuring his more venomous supporters of his intent to destroy all opposition to his rule.

Indeed, that last bit might be the most important part of all in our all-politics-all-the-time milieu.

Obama is no Lincoln. He has no intention of trying to convert his enemies into friends. His overriding aim is to destroy all resistance to his will. Every move he makes, every word he utters must be studied in that light, for they make no sense in any other.

As a divide-to-conquer move, the Hagel nomination is superb. It pits younger, Tea-Party-style Republicans against the older GOP Establishment, widening the gulf and enhancing the prospects for future strife between them. It could only have been more effective if Hagel possessed John McCain’s war-hero status.

Fran, I’m not sure the older GOP establishment was too impressed with Hagel, yesterday. He gave them every excuse to vote against him. It’s a long shot, because when push comes to shove, Obamacrats do what the Master orders, but this nominee was so egregious Repubs may be able to peel away enough of them to filibuster him.

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Video: Senator Ted Cruz Slams Hagel For Agreeing With Statement “The US is the World’s Bully”

Via The Washington Free Beacon, this tense exchange between Ted Cruz and Chuck Hagel may turn out to be the death blow to his nomination

He scorched Hagel for agreeing with an assessment that the United States is the “world’s bully”.

“You explicitly agreed with the characterization that the United States is the world’s bully, and…. I think the United States has spilled more blood, more treasure standing for freedom, liberating people across the world — and to go on al Jazeera, a foreign network, broadcasting propaganda to nations that are hostile to us and to explicitly agree with the characterization that the United States is the world’s bully –I would suggest is not the conduct one would expect of a Secretary of Defense.”

Here’s Cruz’s entire Q & A from the hearing:


Hagel’s 7 Worst Moments in Round One

Ted Cruz Plays Slap the Dummy

Hagel Takes Fire From Senate Republicans at Confirmation Hearing

The Senate is now at recess following an often contentious confirmation  hearing that did not go as smoothly for the former Neb. Senator as  he perhaps would have liked.

Senator Lindsey Graham savaged Hagel over an outrageous statement he made about the pro-Israel lobby in 2008: “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” into doing some “dumb things.”

More from the hearing from across the conservative blogosphere.

The Washington Examiner: Hagel: War in Iraq was ‘most fundamentally bad, dangerous decision since Vietnam’:

Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. blasted former Sen. Chuck Hagel R-Neb. this morning for his positions against the war in Iraq – including the surge that brought stability into the region.

Hagel refused to say whether his position on the surge was a mistake and tried to explain his comments.

“I want to know if you were right or wrong,” McCain fired back. “Its a direct question, I demand a direct answer.”

The Washington Free Beacon: Hagel: ‘I’ve Never Been Accused of Political Expediency’

Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel claimed he “has never been accused of political expediency” during his Thursday hearing before the Senate Armed Services committee, in response to his comments on the “Jewish lobby.”

AoSHQ: Chuck Hagel, Bumbling Lightweight (Who Might Also Hate Jews):

Brit Hume made a simple but deadly observation about Hagel’s performance — “he’s just not very bright.”

And he’s not. While the media is intensely interested in the intellectual capacity of any Republican (unless that Republican is obviously intelligent, in which case they don’t mention IQ at all), they never discuss the intelligence of the dimmer-bulb Democrats or Republicans like Hagel, who can be counted as allies.

Hagel’s dumb. He’s just not smart enough to be Secretary of Defense. Our troops deserve a bright man who understands complex systems and has the intellectual curiosity to discover what he doesn’t know. Not a bumbling dummy whose deepest thoughts are about the “Jewish lobby.”

The Corner: Re: Hagel: Iran’s Government ‘Elected’ and ‘Legitimate’:

To Andrew’s point about Hagel’s comments on the Iranian government, Senator Hagel confidently says today that Iran’s government is “an elected, legitimate government.”

The Corner: White House: No Comment on Legitimacy of Iranian Regime:

Following up on Chuck Hagel’s assertion earlier today in the course of his confirmation hearing that the Iranian regime is “legitimate” and “elected,” CNN’s Jessica Yellin asked White House press secretary Jay Carney whether the president agrees.

Carney dodged the question this way: “I think our views on the last presidential election were clearly expressed, the president’s views on that matter and our views on the behavior of the regime in Tehran are expressed again and again and again.”

Jennifer Rubin, The Right Turn: The Hagel Hearing:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) went on a tear, demanding Hagel answer the question as to whether his opposition to the surge was wrong. Hagel squirmed and evaded and refused to answer. McCain said he would take the refusal to answer in considering his vote. It was a powerful moment, giving reason for virtually every Republican senator to oppose the nomination. McCain also got Hagel to concede that he opposed the surge in Afghanistan. Hagel’s ego was noteworthy and will create problems for him if he likewise refuses to say he was wrong on opposition to unilateral sanctions, the Global Zero report, etc.

The Washington Free Beacon: ‘This Hagel hearing is a disaster’: Liberals take to Twitter to slam Hagel:

Distraught by his poor performance in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, liberals viciously turned on secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel on social media.


Issa Requesting More Info on Benghazi Attack


Although the State Department Accountability Review Board sent its findings and recommendations to Congress back in December, Rep. Darrell Issa and three other House committee chairmen are not satisfied. They’re requesting more information from the State Department about the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack at the U.S.  diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

Issa said,  “Unfortunately, the (review board) did not address some important questions about the attacks in Benghazi, which we believe may contain crucial lessons learned for other U.S. facilities abroad to follow.”

UT San Diego reported:

Issa, Edward Royce and Jason Chaffetz co-wrote a letter Tuesday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that asks for the State Department to provide emails, cables and memorandums sent or received by her and several others that pertain to security in Benghazi, a complete list of every individual interviewed by a special review board and video footage of the attack by Feb. 11.

Issa, R-Vista, is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Royce, R-Brea, chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairs the Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security.


The letter states the board failed to interview several senior officials at the State Department, including Clinton, and calls it a critical omission of the facts leading up to the attack. The letter also questions why a security support team was withdrawn from Libya.

Good to know that even after Hillary Clinton’s “brilliant” testimony  before the House and Senate, last week, some Republicans are still not ready to drop this.