Tag: Hagel

In Other News . . .

With the high-profile stories of amnesty via executive order and riots in Ferguson, other events have gone less noticed than they might have under normal circumstances. For instance, Chuck Hagel is on his way out as secretary of defense. Although the administration tried to put a positive spin on it, nearly every news organization has sources within the administration that have made it clear Hagel was fired, regardless of the photo ops. I won’t try to defend Hagel; he was… Read more »

Obama & the Terrorist Threat

If you were one of those who believed all the hype about Barack Obama when he first ran for president in 2008, you were probably expecting the smartest man in American history was about to take the helm. Obama was so educated, so concerned about you, and was the one who would rise above all petty divisions in the country and unite us all, particularly healing any breach between black and white. If you’re someone who has paid attention since… Read more »

These Are Our Leaders?

Chuck Hagel was confirmed as the new Secretary of Defense yesterday. Forty-one Republicans voted against the appointment; four joined with all the Democrats to put the vote well over the top. Republicans who earlier voted for cloture and broke the filibuster are, in my mind, just as much to blame for this successful nomination as those who openly supported Hagel. This is the same man who fell on his face verbally in his confirmation hearings, stumbling badly before sharp questioning…. Read more »

Senate Confirmation Hearings

More often than not, presidential nominees to important cabinet positions sail through the confirmation process in the Senate, much the same way as nominees for the Supreme Court do. The standard has been to let a president have the people he wants around him. However, that should never be a blank check for any president. The reason the Constitution gave the Senate confirmation authority was to provide a check on any presidential appointments that are not, in the senators’ view,… Read more »

Another Long Four Years

Whenever a president begins a second term, we see a slew of resignations and new appointments to Cabinet positions. It’s happening again, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a sorry slate of appointees waiting to be confirmed by the Senate. The first to jump ship was Timothy Geithner, who has held the post of Treasury Secretary for the last four years. I would wonder if Geithner decided to bail out now because of the shipwreck looming ahead, but… Read more »