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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by ChaosRain View Post
    I can't help but feel as though this was a poke at me, but I can't say for sure.
    CP CR

    Now you can be sure.

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  • One Bad Pig
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    Originally posted by Epoetker View Post
    Bill Kristol, at least, is being magnanimous:
    Dana Milbank is not:
    When Barack Obama looks in the mirror these days, he must see a terrifying visage staring back at him: that of George W. Bush.

    In a cruel echo of history, Obama is morphing into the president whose foreign policy he campaigned to overturn. Obama on Monday morning sacked his Pentagon secretary, Chuck Hagel, after huge midterm election losses in the sixth year of his presidency — just as Bush did in sacking Donald Rumsfeld after midterm losses in the sixth year of his presidency.
    And he's no conservative.

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  • Cow Poke
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    He must have ticked off Valerie Jarrett one too many times.

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  • Cow Poke
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    Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
    No love for Hagel but does anyone think that this was his idea to leave?

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  • ChaosRain
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    Originally posted by Darth Executor View Post
    I'd like to know that too. There's certainly no end of "First X Y!!!!!!!!" coming from the progressive camp.
    I can't help but feel as though this was a poke at me, but I can't say for sure.

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  • rogue06
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    No love for Hagel but does anyone think that this was his idea to leave?

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  • Darth Executor
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    Originally posted by ChaosRain View Post
    Why does it matter?
    I'd like to know that too. There's certainly no end of "First X Y!!!!!!!!" coming from the progressive camp.

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  • ChaosRain
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    Originally posted by Epoetker View Post
    Place your bets on the replacement: woman, gay, minority, or all three?
    Why does it matter?

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  • Epoetker
    started a topic Hagel is down

    Hagel is down

    Bill Kristol, at least, is being magnanimous:

    Originally posted by William Kristol
    So Chuck Hagel has been fired as defense secretary. We were critical of his appointment, and opposed his confirmation by the Senate. But let's be clear: Hagel has done what he was asked and what was expected of him at the Pentagon. To the degree he has deviated from the Obama White House line, he's been more right than wrong (e.g., on the threat the Islamic State poses).

    So why has he been fired? Because the Obama White House needs a scapegoat. President George W, Bush fired Don Rumsfeld in connection with a change in strategy (the surge) and to bring in someone of independent stature. That's not the case today. President Obama continues to want a Pentagon with weak leadership and little independence. There's therefore no reason to expect the next two years of Obama foreign and defense policy to be any better than the past two.
    Place your bets on the replacement: woman, gay, minority, or all three?

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