Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday expressed dismay at reports President Obama would tap former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for Secretary of Defense, calling it an "in your face" selection.
"I like Chuck Hagel. He served with distinction in Vietnam as an enlisted man — two Purple Hearts. But quite frankly Chuck Hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking on most issues regarding foreign policy," said Graham in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."
"He has long severed his ties with the Republican party. This is an in your face nomination of the president to all of us who are supportive of Israel," he added. "I don't know what his management experience is in regards to the Pentagon or global if anyway, so I think it's an extremely controversial choice."
Reports Sunday said that Obama had decided to name Hagel to replace current Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as early as Monday.
What's so amazing to me is that Graham, who used to be (I don't know if he still is) a reserve JAG officer, swore an oath when he joined the military. Here it is:
I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Oddly enough, there is not one word in there about Israel. Maybe Graham isn't clear that we aren't nominating Chuck Hagel to be Israel's Secretary of Defense, but our own. That's how messed up this situation has become with us as Israel's client state. Senators can make completely asinine statements like the one above, and no one even flinches. Then, if you point out the overwhelming influence of the Israel lobby in the United States congress, you get tarred and feathered as an anti-Semite. And then they'll deny there is an Israel lobby.
So I want to have this fight. Let's let Graham and all the others go in front of a camera and proclaim to the world that their top consideration for the American Secretary of Defense is… his deference to foreign nation. Bring it on, Lindsey.
The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation's gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration's discussions.
A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.
To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses. White House aides have also been in regular contact with advisers to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), an outspoken gun-control advocate who could emerge as a powerful surrogate for the Obama administration's agenda.
The Biden group, formed last month after the massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults, plans to submit a package of recommendations to President Obama this month. Once Obama's proposals are set, he plans to lead a public-relations offensive to generate popular support.
"They are very clearly committed to looking at this issue comprehensively," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, who has been involved in the discussions. The proposals under consideration, he added, are "a deeper exploration than just the assault-weapons ban."
It just shows you how insane our current gun climate is that any of these things is controversial at all. Meanwhile, some blue dogs are already breaking out the shiv.
BTW- is Heitkamp going to turn out to be Lieberman in a skirt? I remember this NPR interview right after the election and she was basically waffling on everything.
Remember how we took a break from talking about the fiscal cliff to talk about gun control laws? And then remember how Wayne LaPierre gave a press conference that will probably go down in history as the worst press conference in the history of press conferences? Oh, how we laughed and mocked! — until we got bored and started talking about the the fiscal cliff again.
Welp, lucky for us, Marion Hammer has thrust the NRA back into news. Hammer, ex-president of the NRA and Kathy Geiss impersonator, gave a TV interview during which she compared gun control to racism.
Appearing on an episode of the NRA news show The Daily News on Wednesday, Hammer concluded a discussion of the prospects on gun control initiatives prompted by the Newtown, Conn. massacre by drawing a comparison between attempts to ban guns and racism.
"And they even admit this is about banning the ugliest guns, it's about cosmetics and it has nothing to do about how a firearm works," host Ginny Simone said toward the end of the segment.
"Well, you know, banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago," Hammer responded. "But here they are again. The color of a gun. The way it looks. It's just bad politics."
Guns have it pretty rough in this country, especially scary black guns. We should start with some common sense solutions — like increasing diversity in gun manufacturing. Maybe we should set some quotas.
This discrimination must end.
Looks like the NYPD rape cops better step up their game because they have some competition! Whereas the NYPD keeps its lady citizens safe by raping them at gunpoint and or alternatively, when they are too drunk to consent, LA rape cops do it the old fashioned way: by threatening to put them in jail.
.....But here's Joe Biden last week at the swearing in ceremony not devising new ways to torture, conspire to make war, or profiting from war and the carving up of oil fields, or outing a CIA operative, or suppressing climate science, or… oh, you get the point.