Hagel's confirmation vote delayed

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  1. Pima

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    http://freebeacon.com/hagel-vote-postponed-2/

    As if the DoD needs this too with sequestration looming!

     
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    I don't think Panetta is going anywhere until he is replaced, nor am I sure it matters who is there, or if anyone is there, when it comes to implementing sequestration.
     
  3. Pima

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    I don't disagree kinnem with your position, my comment was more tongue in cheek.


    Kind of like when it rains it pours!

    However, I am a cynical person, and for me I wonder if this was the R's warning shot to the administration from a political game perspective, using the military as a pawn when it comes to power struggles.

    In the DC area sequestration on local talk radio (WMAL) is every day, and so is Hagel's appointment. Many jobs are DoD related. The speculation last week was although they could not stop the appointment they could do a filibuster.

    I guess they found another option. Let's be honest Hagel's hearing was frightening to say the least, especially when he didn't get containment, and a Sen. had to clarify the Obama administrations position, after he was a handed a note to clarify what he just stated, and still got it wrong!

    Jewish Lobby, and not answering McCain's surge question, just added more salt.

    I am not a betting woman, but I wouldn't be shocked if in a few days he withdraws his name. Hagel seemed like an easy appointment after they floated Kerry in Dec. He was an R., military vet.

    I wonder how long they will wait until the WH asks for the withdrawal, and if that occurs who is the next person on their list? Lieberman maybe? Bob Kerry? Just thinking from a Senate pool. Petraeus would have been an option if only...

    Finally, the thing is when there is such upheavel knowing sequestration will go forward, people need leadership, and when there is an apparent void regarding future leadership, it creates even more upheaval within the organization.

    GE can only go so long without a CEO replacement before share holders start squawking when they know that they also have to cut 10% of their budget for a decade. That is the DoD now. The longer this plays out, the more fear becomes a factor.
     
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    Understood and agree. And it looks like it could very well drag out. Saw a letter yesterday signed by about a dozen senators (the only scrawl I could read was McCain's) saying the committee will not vote on the nomination until Hagel releases financial information regarding his relationships with several companies which he so far refuses to do... or at least hasn't done.
     
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    IOTW the Senators are going to play chicken with the Obama administration and the military will be the pawn in their power struggle.
     
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    Or the President is... or they both are. Evidently some congressmen are wandering the halls saying that the cuts are better than no cuts. I shudder.
     

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