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February 21, 2013


A lot of statements are going around as candidates for stupidest ever:

You've already included : "It would be unprecedented for a Secretary of Defense to take office without a broad base of bipartisan support"

And what about the legislation that created the fiscal cliff ? Put through the House with no (as in zero) votes by the dems, followed by a certain VP candidate in the last election taking credit for it. Now it is the fault of the dems ?

It was kind of insane for 40-45% of the Senate to assume that they were entitled to run things. Now, 15% of it thinks it does.

What a contrast this is to Russ Feingold's principled (but misguided) belief that a President should get the appointees he desires.

Rumsfeld was arguably one of the most incompetent SoDs in the history of the DoD, easily the most hawkish, easily the most corrupt, and the biggest liar of the bunch. And he had a history in his first stint in the office as an ideological neoconservative who distorted the intelligence to promote more military spending. And yet, he was confirmed in 2001 on a voice vote. Even Obama in 2001 declared that Rummy was part of the "mainstream" of military management, even though he never met a boondoggle he didn't like or a war he didn't try to start.

Hagel's a nothingburger, but he made one mistake--he didn't swear absolute, unquestioning fealty to Israel and support for that country's territorial ambitions without being prompted to do so.

That's enough these days to cause him considerable discomfort. What we really needed was someone to put the brakes on the imperial insanity inside the DoD. What we are going to get is the status quo and an SoD who's going to feel--for the remainder of Obama's term--like a mechanical duck in a carnival shooting gallery.

I must admit I'm pleasantly surprised not to see Richard Burr's name on the list.

9/11. STFU + sit down.

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