Secretary Defense Hagel, great choice

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Smooth move.

“your not a member of the Taliban are you?” No, Chuck he’s Indian and a Professor at the University your speaking at.

Only the brightest need apply

SoD Hagel probably didn’t mean anything by the remark but can you imagine say Rand Paul Saying something like that?  Is this the smartest guy for the job?

Meanwhile over at the Pentagon:

Washington (CNN) — The Pentagon unveiled plans Tuesday for fully integrating women into front-line and special combat roles, including elite forces such as Army Rangers and Navy SEALs.

While Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine and special forces commanders detailed steps they will take, not all shared the same comfort level with the initiative, raising potential real-world scenarios that must be addressed before moving too far forward.

Update:

nicholasmourad Says:
June 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm edit

I was actually at the event, and this is completely out of context. A woman from the Associated Press tried to ask a question, and media wasn’t allowed to ask questions at the event. She was in the back of the room, and Hagel probably couldn’t see her, so he asked the Taliban question.

Once they got the mic away from her they gave it to Professor Gandhi. After the event, he had only good things to say, and today came out with a statement affirming that.

It was a stupid misunderstanding.

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9 Responses to “Secretary Defense Hagel, great choice”

  1. 11th Says:

    I’d like to see more than just a 10 second clip. This does not show the complete context of the conversation , so the media can spin this which ever way they want.

  2. JB Says:

    I’m sure it’s out there. As I said I doubt Hagel meant much by the remark. He had just been answering a question about the Taliban.
    But the guy was Indian and it could easily be taken as an insult, just as Biden saying “You cannot go to a 7-11 or Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian Accent.”

    I just don’t think Hagel is competent enough for the position he’s in. He’s another low level politician that makes gaffes on a regular basis which makes me question he ability to make rational decisions on the big issues.

    This event in itself is not a big deal but it’s one more non-thinking moment. How many administration officials can we have that are on this level and expect anything near competence from the government?

  3. nicholasmourad Says:

    I was actually at the event, and this is completely out of context. A woman from the Associated Press tried to ask a question, and media wasn’t allowed to ask questions at the event. She was in the back of the room, and Hagel probably couldn’t see her, so he asked the Taliban question.

    Once they got the mic away from her they gave it to Professor Gandhi. After the event, he had only good things to say, and today came out with a statement affirming that.

    It was a stupid misunderstanding.

  4. JB Says:

    Nicholasmourad, thanks for the info. Doesn’t change my thought’s on Hagel but still need to be fair.

  5. nicholasmourad Says:

    Yep, I’ve just been really annoyed at how easily a story spread by people who weren’t even there. Other than that, I don’t care what people think about him.

  6. ymarsakar Says:

    They just need a dupe, a tool in the SoD position. It’s not like they need someone thinking for themselves or an agent like Snowden going rogue. We can’t have any of that.

  7. 11th Says:

    I think that too many rely on what the Media is putting out. We only know about Hagel from what the News is saying. All media isn’t worth a shirt as far as I am concerned. Arguing over whether Hagel is the right man for the job is ridiculous because we have no idea how Good or Bad he is , unless you are working beside him. Because he makes a gaffe or two shows he has a sense of humor not that he is incompetent .

    11th

  8. JB Says:

    Actually Hagel has a history. But I do agree the media can and often is misleading.

  9. ymarsakar Says:

    Hagel already said things for himself. The media isn’t a tool that is necessary to be used for profile analysis.

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