Obama and Hagel head into the bunker

Initially, I thought Chuck Hagel’s nomination was a joke or possibly a diversion for another. But no, Obama is set on it. Of course, its another divisive nomination. What other kind does he make?

He already has him on his team behind the scenes, which should not surprise anyone. Anyone with radical views will curry Obama’s favor. The more rad the better. We’ve already got a good strong whiff of Obama’s foreign policies.

But even fellow left-wing radical, Chucky Cheese Schumer, has reservations about Hagel’s foreign policy and anti-Israel stands. Wow, are there some “deeply held views” in his own party that Schumer cannot accept?

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/01/obama-to-nominate-virulently-anti-israel-chuck-hagel-for-defense-secretary.html

In The Telegragh:

Ted Cruz, a newly elected senator for Texas and a favourite of the Right-wing Tea Party movement, said that he too was “concerned” about Mr Hagel’s past statements. He accused Mr Obama of being “high on re-election”.

Being high on re-election is one way to put it. Maybe this will make the anti-Israel Democrats happy — then he only has to pacify the anti-God crowd. Anything that delights the anti-Israel crowd and Iranians is bound to please Obama.
 

Wewaselzippers reports:

Iranian State Press Gushes Over Likely Obama Defense Nominee Chuck Hagel As “Anti-Israel,” “Outspoken Critic Of Zionist Lobby”

Via Weekly Standard:

Iranian state press, Press TV, is praising President Barack Obama’s likely defense nominee as “anti-Israel,” according to a piece published on the propaganda outlet’s website. The piece is titled, “Obama expected to nominate anti-Israel Hagel as secretary of defense.”

The piece begins, “US President Barack Obama is expected to nominate former Senator Chuck Hagel, an outspoken critic of Israel, as the next Pentagon chief.” Hagel has not yet been officially nominated for the defense secretary position, but all indicators suggest he’s at the top of President Obama’s list.

And, with apparent glee, the piece points out, “Some in the Israeli lobby have reportedly reacted with alarm to reports of Hagel’s nomination as he is known as an outspoken critic of the Zionist lobby in Washington.”

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National Journal

Schumer isn’t the only Democrat to watch as the confirmation battle begins. New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, the expected chair of the Foreign Relations Committee in the next Congress, is a leading Democratic hawk on Iran whose views on the subject are at odds with Hagel’s. Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, representing a swing state where Jewish voters are a key constituency, is another stalwart ally of Israel who is likely to be under pressure to oppose Hagel. And the minyan of Jewish Democratic senators, particularly Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Michigan Sen. Carl Levin and California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, will be worth watching closely.

Rice withdraws her name for SoS

EXCLUSIVE: Susan Rice drops out of running for secretary of state; saddened by partisan politics

By Tracy Connor, NBC News

Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday.

“If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects.

“That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” she wrote in the letter obtained by NBC News.

http://rockcenter.nbcnews.com/

Looks like another attempt to portray someone in the administration as a victim. Too bad it overlooks four real victims of this administration.

***Update

Rice: “We cannot afford such an irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the American people. ” –Letter to Obama