February 19, 2013

Last week, the Senate decided to temporarily block former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Secretary of Defense. There were many reasons why the Senate blocked his nomination, The Heritage Foundation’s expert James Carafano explains:

Simply put, Senator Hagel lacks the necessary executive skills and experience, embraces naïve and dangerous foreign policies, and empathizes with sworn foes, all while showing antipathy toward loyal allies (i.e. Israel). This makes him manifestly unsuitable for this critical position.

If confirmed, Hagel would have undermined key national security measures. Carafano elaborates:

The Secretary of Defense must “know your enemy.” Hagel has trouble sorting out America’s enemies from our friends. He has advocated engagement and dialogue with Iran and Syria—an approach that the Obama Administration has pursued for four years that has accomplished absolutely nothing on behalf of our security or that of the Iranian and Syrian peoples. Both these countries have been and continue to be major state sponsors of terrorism.

Hagel has also spoken against our greatest ally in the Middle East, Israel. Carafano points out that Hagel, “has spoken offensively and ignorantly of our most steadfast democratic ally in the region—Israel.”

The decision not to advance Hagel was a good one for the country–but was it done for the right reasons? Some in the Senate just wanted to make a point to the Obama administration, and say Hagel is likely to be confirmed shortly.

Carafano reminds us, though, that there’s more at stake than politics: “Certainly the Senate and the American people deserve to know what happened in Benghazi and why. But that knowledge should not be purchased at the price of installing an unsuitable candidate as the Secretary of Defense.”

Do you believe the Senate should confirm Chuck Hagel? Tell us below.

Comments (331)

Jean Moffitt - February 20, 2013

He should NOT be confirmed

ken - February 20, 2013

Absolutley not. He is not qualified and lacks the mental skills needed. He is out of his depth

Sally - February 20, 2013

NO; he has not been forthcoming about his stands; he has denied things that are on the record; and, he is not trustworthy, given his willingness to renounce his past—-good or bad. On what principles does he stand regardless of pressure?

Constance Hingert - February 20, 2013

If he had any pride he would witdraw.

James H. cash - February 20, 2013

Potential Secretary of the DoD Chuck Hagel is not suited for this position. We have seen far too many instances where a person that is incompetent in executive positions be promoted as being the “right” person for a high level position. Chuck Hagel is a perfect example of why we DO NOT need to confirm him for an executive position within our government.

Erd Johnson - February 20, 2013

He is not qualifdied for anything.

Linda G. White - February 20, 2013

I do not believe Chuck Hagel is qualified to be Secretary of Defense for the U.S.A. His ideology, beliefs, financial interests and political leanings do not conform to support our interests and the interests of our allies.

Alan Orr - February 20, 2013

It cannot be said more eloquently.
Chuck Hagel: ‘Manifestly Unsuitable’ to Be Secretary of Defense

Jack Tirtrell - February 20, 2013

Listening to Senator Hagel’s answers or should I state non-answers demonstrated his lack of understanding of international affairs. This understanding is critical for anyone who would fill the office of the Secretary to the Department of Defense. He came across as naive, knowledgeable, and less than forthcoming. This is surprising for anyone who has served as a U. S. Senator. His is completely unsuited to be a secretary of any cabinet position in any administration.

Shelton Barefoot - February 20, 2013

I don’t understand how anyone can say Chuck Hagel is qualified for Secretary of Defense. This just proves how dumb President Obama is for nominating him.

Caroline - February 20, 2013

NO WAY!!!

Jerry Bauer - February 20, 2013

Chuck Hagel has become a Republican that votes and acts like a Democrat….I cannot support him.

Bill Marshall - February 20, 2013

It is obvious to anyone who has ever run a business that Hagel isn’t even competent to be a community organizer, let alone run the most important function of our Republic.

Gus Nixon - February 20, 2013

Hagel shoud NOT be confirmed. He is obviously ill equipped and inexperienced. His views, like Obama’s, are blantantly anti-American and. DO NOT CONFIRM!

Felix Urquizu - February 20, 2013

NO!

Troy K. Green - February 20, 2013

His stand on Israel and Iran should be enough to disqualify him, but then there is his confirmation hearing – complete incompetence.

Frank Rice - February 20, 2013

Quite simply, no. Let POTUS nominate a Democrat to take the fall for Afganistan.

Roy Shute - February 20, 2013

Do not approve this man.

David - February 20, 2013

Chuck Hagel was a poor senator from Nebraska and he had the sorriest excuse for a confirmation hearing that I have ever seen. He is an intellectual light weight and would make a laughing stock out of our military.

James Eckart - February 20, 2013

Hagel definitely should not be confirmed for all the reasons previously articulated. His nomination is merely an attempt by Obama to install a “token” Republican in his cabinet. I have serious doubts that he is even a real Republican from the several positions he has advocated. At best, he is a “mavericK” Republican or RINO. The Senate should recognize this and stop playing politics and vote him down!

Craig Gunderson - February 20, 2013

I agree wholeheartedly that Chuck Hagel should not nominated and confirmed to the Secretary of Defense position. He is definitely a detriment to our national security with his anti-semantic views and past votes in this regard.

Patricia - February 20, 2013

Absolutly Not. We have more than enough unqualifyed people who have already been given positions they have no business being qualify for.

Robert Pledger - February 20, 2013

Senitor Hagel has not exhibited the dedication to the US that the Secretary of Defense needs. His lack of knowledge regarding the dangers in the world and his willingness to sacrifice troops makes him a threat to the future of our country. He, along with is President, should be neutered.

John Kammerer - February 20, 2013

Sen. Hagel is not qualified for the position of Secretary of Defence as he has a conflict iof interest, i.e. has no use for Isreal and thinks Iran is not a concern.

Bud Adelhardt - February 20, 2013

NO to Chuck Hagel.
Rather not waste my time & effort on any of Obamas choices for anything. Just NO!

Dale Dobbins - February 20, 2013

I belive Hagel will be confirmed after hagelling over info the Republicans want. They will not get the info and will still vote to confirm Hagel. It seems Obama beats up on the Republicans with out fear any time necessary to get his way. John McCain was quoted in todays WSJ he would be confirmed.

Ross Gubser - February 20, 2013

Senator Hagel is not the person for this job. His sill set does not lead me to see him as a good manager, nor does he temper his opinions.

His position on Israel should disqualify him immediately. Sequestration appears to be off of his radar, and I haven’t heard anything that tells me he will give good advice to the President.

patricia - February 20, 2013

This is a man who words have been anti Israel, his financial dealings are in question, and his knowledge of the job is inadequate. he should not be confirmed but there does not seems to be anyone in the senate besides mc cain and Graham etc. who will stand up for the United States of America any longer. Just another Obama puppet!

Susan Gumm - February 20, 2013

Chuck Hagel should not be appointed Secretary of Defense. He agreed that the United States is a “bully” on Al Jazeera, who is the news organization of Ploughshares Fund, which is a George Soros funded organization. Ploughshares is a partner of the Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies which has urged the defunding of the Pentagon and decreases in U.S. defense capabilities. Hagel is on the Ploughshares Fund Board of Directors. The fact that our enemies celebrated his nomination speaks for itself. If all senators have done their due diligence on Hagel, they could not in good conscience vote for his confirmation. He wants our military gutted and believes that he can achieve world peace throught “dialogue/negotiations” with our sworn enemies.

Mack - February 20, 2013

Absolutely not. Obama just wants another weak puppet that he can control.

Donald Bell - February 20, 2013

There is many reasons not to confirm Hagel as Sec. Def
but the greatest is absolute ignorance of who are real enemies are.

Russell Kirk - February 20, 2013

Absolutely not – eminently unsuitable.

Etelvina R. Patmas - February 20, 2013

NO

Richard J. DeChard - February 20, 2013

I respect the Heritage Foundation’s conclusions.
Chuck Hagel is an unworthy – and potentially dangerous-
candidate for this position. It’s appalling that he and others nominated by Obama for other high-ranking posts are considered as the best that this country can muster? God help us!

Rich Urban - February 20, 2013

Putting aside his courageous service in Vietnam, Chuck Hagel would do more damage to this country’s defense posture than other qualified people. The Senate should vote NO.

Gordon Berry - February 20, 2013

This guy should be locked up, no confirmed. He ideas are an enemy of The United States.

Peter - February 20, 2013

This mans confirmation hearing speaks volumes about his lack of knowledge, management skills and leadership capability….the clowning moment when he said “but I won’t be involved in POLICY –WTF does he think the job is ….Cruise Director of the Pentagon….just what Obama wants ….a rubber stamp , empty suit, Yes man ! pathetic! Or scary depending on your POV

Bruce McLaughlin - February 20, 2013

In my opinion, Senator Hagel should not be confirmed as Secretary of Defense because of his performance in the Senate Hearings. Senator Hagel does not inspire my confidence by what I saw and heard in the Hearings, and what I have read from various sources about his views.

gary smith - February 20, 2013

NO!!!! He should not be!!!

Billie Love - February 20, 2013

Hagel does not even understand the ramifications of what he says. I am afraid that the Senate will confirm him because as John McCain said, the Senate should try to confirm the President’s appointees. I DISAGREE! The Senate should do what is best for the American people. They swore to do so.

Karen Lutey - February 20, 2013

No I do not think he should be confirmed. I have written
both PA Senators and told them so. Once, as a member
of CUFI. I find this choice despicable
and it seems that McCain and Graham have put on a
good show, but in the end will vote for him. This is
just another of Obama’s games. Hagel is in lockstep
with the Left’s idea of national security as well as the
dismantling of the Military. His organization is associated with Hamas and from what I can see contributions were accepted.

William A. Miller - February 20, 2013

Confirm Hagel ? Absolutely NOT ! Definitely not qualified.

Ron Darby - February 20, 2013

Infinitely unqualified, as is now apparent, our President
BO!

Stephen - February 20, 2013

Hagel is as unqualified to hold the position of Secretary of Defense as Obama is unqualified to be President of the United States of America. Neither is qualified and both have a history of treasonous deceit. The truth resides in neither of these people (I can’t call them “men”).

Richard Lillo - February 20, 2013

Noting Hagel’s one year of military experience as a qualification for being Defense Secretary is like claiming a former bellhop is qualified to be CEO of Marriott Hotels.

Rey Pana - February 20, 2013

ABSOLUTELY NOT !

N. Dorris - February 20, 2013

Certainly no confirmation for him. If what all has been said about him so far is to be believed, than he would be a very poor choice.

jim - February 20, 2013

there is no way this “president” should get ANYTHING he wants, since all his wishes are uniformly treasonous and destructive of this country’s heart and soul. so, not just “No”, but [you now the rest]. the lap puppies in both parties lack much more integrity than he has. we have perhaps 100 in both houses that have some substance and will stand for principle. the rest should be relegated to the trashheap along with him and his handlers and minions.
Any other questions?

Carol P. - February 20, 2013

Only if embracing Islam is our ultimate goal.

Steve - February 20, 2013

Not only is Hagel the absolute worst choice but every single appointment Obama is making across the board is the worst choice for the country. Obama is truly on the fast tract of destroying our country. What happened to the economy and jobs??? Ohh wait, he wants us to fail and become a weak country since he hates all that America stands for…. How did we elect a enemy of the USA as the president anyway,,,,,enough is enough

michael mullenix - February 20, 2013

Chuck Hagel is little better suited to be SECDEF than John Murtha. Being a veteran means little when you are purely politically motivated. When a person will say whatever he thinks voters want to hear integrity is completely compromised. If he actually believes what he says he is worse than naieve!

Mr Donald E. Simon - February 20, 2013

The man has no business even thinking about the job.
He is not qualified or possesses the ability to do the work that is needed.

Paula Wooding - February 20, 2013

Chuck Hagel archives, speeches, recordings and information was purchased by the University of Nebraska. He has an agreement with the University to with hold any background information indicating that the information needs to be organized. The University has owned these papers since 2008 (a mere 4 – 5 years) and they are saying they need 2 1/2 years before they are released. If he really wants to serve his country and his archives are not implicating a negative history he should release these forms of information to prove his patriotism and commitment. Sounds like he has something to hide!

Jane Daun - February 20, 2013

Not qualified for the position. When questioned by congress he was not decisive and seemed confused. We need someone with experience and one who has the best interest of our country formost. He just doesn’t seem ti have our country’s best interst in proper perspective.

Wayne Blake - February 20, 2013

No! I do not believe he should be confirmed. Too many negatives against him. I do not understand why Sen. John McCain and other republicans cannot stand up for their principles against his nomination, but instead fold and tell the world, ‘I guess we should let the vote go through.’ That’s exactly what the President wants.

Wayne Blake

Vic Hayes - February 20, 2013

NO! The Senate should not confirm Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. Remember, Obama does not believe in America’s greatness. Obama nominated him to be the next step in making America into one of the lesser powers of the world. So what has he done to bring us down to perception of the “right size”? He’s spending us into oblivion by piling on more debt than can possibly be paid for in the next 50 years. Raised your taxes so you have less money to live on. Loaded businesses, including farmers, with tremendously burdensome & expensive government rules and taxes which you and I pay for through pricing of goods and services. How do you like the “less costly” Obaminable Healh Care? Just a few things to think about…..

Pat Cox - February 20, 2013

No to Hagel!
He is no friend to Americans much less to Israel.

Captain Tom Maxwell (USN ret.) - February 20, 2013

There must be a better candidate to head up our DOD.

Yolanda Curry - February 20, 2013

I do not believe that Senator Hagel should be our Defense Secretary. He appeared to be confused and used selective memory loss during his questioning. I also believe those questions still need to be addressed.

paula braun - February 20, 2013

for anyone stupid enough to nominate him in the first place and then have him confirm the fact that he is not fit for that or any other position of authority is unbelievable. Shows the competence of this administration, bent on destroying our values and our nation.

Dean Newman - February 20, 2013

We need a person who is a proven strong supporter of the military who has a record of excellent administrative experience. Hagel does not meet these criterea or others.

Robert R - February 20, 2013

No. Definitely not. For all the reasons stated plus the fact that we already have a Washington run by inexperienced individuals – beginning with the President – accounting for all the existing national and international turmoil.
We need someone in this position that knows what the military (Defense) of the nation and its people is about and we feel confident in that person to have the proper attitude.

Carol Chestek - February 20, 2013

Absolutely NOT! No to Hagel. He does not have America’s interest in mind nor Israel. He is just another enemy in our White House.

John Schuh - February 20, 2013

No. The hearings revealed a man who is unqualifies for the office. Panella might have been a hack, but knowledgable pol who probably gave the president useful advise. This man cannot, He is a dud intellectually, and a man full of foolish ideas.

John Hoole - February 20, 2013

No! Congress should NOT confirm Chuck Hagel as the Defense Secretary. His time before the committee showed his lack of leadership ability. The security of our nations has been degraded significantly in the last 4 years, and would be exacerbated greatly with Hagel.

Joan Coleman - February 20, 2013

NO, I don’t think Hagel is prepared to take on such an important office. From what I have read, he lacks the skills and knowledge needed in this position.
If politics is involved, I don’t know. His knowledge and skills has nothing to do with politics. Our lives are at stake!

geoff - February 20, 2013

I don’t know if there is a simply way to put it. BUT, There is no way this man should ever be confirmed. He does no exhaibt ONE redeaming quality or charactor to carry out the complexities of the job. While its great to say any Senator that votes for him should be held accountable they never are. Rather they are conservative or liberal. Which frustrates me to no end. So much of what they do is for show to make it “lool” like they are fighting for us. They arent

giley - February 20, 2013

All signs indicate that Mr. Hagel is not qualified to serve as Secretary of Defense. There is only one problem, neither is Obama qualified to serve as president.

Angelo Campanella - February 20, 2013

Hagel has pronounced hopelessness for Israel, a most valued ally of he US for over a half-century. I rather suspect that Hagel only thinks of Israel as a source of consternation for US foreign policy, as if one would consider their child as being a nuisance responsibility. We don’t need anyone with that kind of short-sighted attitude in our Foreign affairs department.

Ray Zimmons - February 20, 2013

I would streamline the military to fast moving clandestine units. We do not need the large forces we had before. Go where the trouble is and “Bang” the bad guys and get out.

Cut Government waste that is prevalent everywhere including Congress. Reduce Congress retirement plans , put them on medicare.
Make it necessary that King Obama get Congress Approval everytime he wants to use Air Force 1.

Walter Firkins - February 20, 2013

No! Chuck Hagel was a very poor Senator and his confirmation hearing was worse than bad. I am opposed to his nomination for any Secretary post but most especially to that of the Department of Defense. He is not coherent on any position and it scares me to think that he will be in charge of our wonderful men and women in the military.

David Bridge - February 20, 2013

Confirm Chuck Hagel as SecDef? It would make more sense to confirm Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mohammed Morsi, or Porky Pig. Hagel is an imbecile and a tasteless joke – which is what the US is in danger of becoming under Obama.

Lloyd Harris - February 20, 2013

Hagel seems to have the same positions that President Obama holds in his heart of hearts. He should not be confirmed not to spite President Obama, but because his positions are dangerous to the USA and ultimately to the world. Zero nuclear is impossible and dangerous. Israel is our most reliable friend, and Iran is not our friend, quite the opposite. This is not a political decision, but a national security one.

Jan Burch - February 20, 2013

I firmly believe that Chuck Hagel is unqualified for the position of Secretary of Defense. He has shown clear hostility toward our ally, and appears to have sympathy for terrorist organizations and at least one country that are enemies of the United States. This alone should disqualify him. Additionally, it is unclear what executive experience he has that would qualify him to manage a department as large as Defense.

With these points in mind, it seems unusual that President Obama would have nominated him to begin with. Surely there are candidates with executive experience whose opinions are more aligned with our national security interests.

Daniel - February 20, 2013

Hagel is not qualified and unfit for this position in our Government. We have too many
Communist in our Government now.

Bob Morris - February 20, 2013

I’d fight to the death for Israel west of
the Green Line; but her colonies on the
West Bank provoke terrorism against our
homeland. J Street supports Chuck Hagel;
so do I.

Brian Waterbury - February 20, 2013

Chuck Hagel is woefully unqualified and an inadequate nominee for Sec of Defense. His performance in front of Senate committee was a disaster! Dump him Fidel Obama!

Arthur L. Pavis Jr. - February 20, 2013

I do not think Hagel should ever serve as our secretary of defense, at any cost! This post is much too important to the safety of our nation and that of our allies, especially Israel.
I am also waiting angrily, yet patiently to hear the truth about what President Obama and his administration actually did and didn’t do during and immediately after the September 11, 2012 murderous attack that occurred in Benghazi.

David Smiley - February 20, 2013

Confirm Hagel? Indeed NOT! ANYone in opposition to Israel, a friend of the US, should not even be considered for a federal position on any level. Shame on Pres. Obama!!

Judy Lewis - February 20, 2013

not qualified

Arlin Hammerstad - February 20, 2013

Hagel should not be confirmed and I am ashammed and discusted with Senate repluclicans who stand for nothing and always fall for Obama.

josie - February 20, 2013

I am in full agreement with all of the above, plus I believe with a Republican in charge of all of the Obama administration mistakes, the president would be able to demonize our party even more than now.

Richard Maier - February 20, 2013

With the Defense Department on the verge of a large cut due to sequestration, they don’t need a double wammy by getting Hagel as Sec of Defense. The combination would devistate the military.

Bruce Lee - February 20, 2013

Mr Hagel demonstrates a decided bias against Israel and a strong attachment to the policies of the Obama administration, which are leading us to become a third world nation. Mr Hagel should NOT, under any circumstances, be confirmed as Secretary of Defense!

Nancy - February 20, 2013

Oh my word NO! Hagel should NOT be confirmed. He’s an anti-Semite and another serious security risk IMHO. Anyone who is closer to our enemies than our allies (well, that’s most of the White House actually) should not even have security clearance if they could actually GET security clearance. What a situation indeed!

Margaret Winkle - February 20, 2013

I stongly oppose Hagel’s nomination, but what can any of us expect from Obama. No way, no how.
P.S.
Better get through to Mr. Speaker John B to stand his ground and stop teaming up with Obama. Can’t wait to rid our party of McCain and the likes of him. We All want smaller government and a strong and safe America, with All our Freedoms, that means God back in our country.

Bill B.–Colchester, Ct - February 20, 2013

He will be confirmed because the demorats have the upper hand, Hagel is a die hard liberal and a cousin to communism and this is what appeals to Obama—his communistic leaning because Obama’s ideology is communism.

BJ - February 20, 2013

Hagel is not suitable for Sec. of Defense period. It would be a grave mistake for this country to have him in charge. A dangerous move.

Martha Stanford - February 20, 2013

Confirm Hagel? NO, NEVER!

Carole Javes - February 20, 2013

I strongly believe Chuck Hagel should NOT be confirmed by the Senate.

William Cummins - February 20, 2013

He would be a disaster! I watched his opening remarks in his initial hearing and besides the issues you have identified, as well as his very poor ill prepared responses to questions, his opening remarks were alarming. He stated that his number one priority would be the welfare of the men and women in uniform. His #1 priority as Secretary of Defense is to protect this country from its enemies, To do this properly, this means that our men and women in uniform must be put in harms way(they understand that) and that their individual welfare may be put in jeoprody for the welfare of the nation! His opening statement made it very clear that he is an appeaser and will not be strong on defense.
He knows that it is difficult in the current political and media environment to challenge his statement and the media would paint it as “not caring for the troops” and to date I have not heard anyone challenge it but it is truly alarming!

Dawn Neuman - February 20, 2013

This is one of the many battles that they should be fighting.
No way should Hagel be confirmed!!!!!!!!!!

Lenore Burns - February 20, 2013

No, I DO NOT think Mr Hagel should be nominated!

Richard Davis - February 20, 2013

Absolutely not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Robert E.Sullivan - February 20, 2013

I agree with Mr. Carafano, Chuck Hagel should not be confirmed. It’s about time the Republicans in the Senate stand-up for what is right for America.

Robert Gast - February 20, 2013

BG – Irvine CA – Chuck Hagel’s inability to answer simple direct questions during his confirmation hearings, combined with his inability to perform under pressure, as was so clearly demonstrated during the hearings, makes him unfit to be the Secretar of Defense. There is no justification for having an incompetent Secretary of Defense, especially when it comes to leading America’s armed forces.

JK - February 20, 2013

ABSOLUTELY NOT! He espouses ideas and beliefs that are completely contrary to American interests (and survival). The GOP should do all in their power to prevent his confirmation.

Michael Patera - February 20, 2013

From what I have read re:the substance of Mr. Hagel, he is the wrong man for the job. This President and many members of the Senate have lost sight of what is at stake, in this and many other areas. This Senate is also foregoing its constitutional requirement and responsibility to the American people if there is simply confirmation without address of the many, legitimate questions concerning Mr. Hagel’s superficiality, narrowness of view and lack of depth, personally and professionally. The
Constitution is not “more like guidelines,” as some pirates in film like to say, but enumerates specific powers and responsibilities. Unfortunately, our politicians are pirates and this is not a movie.

Tom McDonald - February 20, 2013

Do NOT confirm Sen Hagel to be SECDEF. Somehow we have lost our will to seek the best men for positions of great and grave trust. I am a retired Soldier, still sworn to defend and protect the Constitution of the US against all enemies foreign and domestic. Right now we have too many domestic enemies…

Donald R. beaver - February 20, 2013

NO!
This man is either in absolute ignorance of what is going on in much of the world, or he is making a lame attempt
to placate the president’s own lack of knowlege. This
would be a disaster.

Wayne Peterkin - February 20, 2013

No, Chuck Hagel should NOT be confirmed. I have asked both of my Senators to oppose his confirmation. One may do so, the other will surely ignore my request.

anthony kuchar - February 20, 2013

The republicans need to block his confirmation. He will not be good for our country.

Randy Earl - February 20, 2013

Hagel is a threat to our national security.

Edward A. Tharp - February 20, 2013

Hagel does not aknowlege Iran as a terrorist state. At this point that would be like not calling hitler a Nazi in 1940. This nomination is solidly evil.
Edward A. Tharp

Craig Remner - February 20, 2013

Do you believe the Senate should confirm Chuck Hagel?

Absolutely Not!

Clark Sando - February 20, 2013

He should not be confirmed based on his numerous statements made In the past, which is a true reflection of his value system.

Donald Pugh Sr - February 20, 2013

We have an unfit traitor for Sec. Of State. We have an unfit head of DHS. We have an unfit head of the FBI, apparently since Obama continues in office. We have an unfit Senate apparently since Obama still resides in the White House. We definitely have an unfit Attorney General at the head of the Injustice Dept. Who even knows who the unfit UN Ambassador is? One might say what difference does one more unfit cabinet head make? The only answer is that you have to start cleaning up the mess and eliminating the trash somewhere. So the Muslim sympathizer is a good place to start. A good place for some Republicans to start showing some balls!

Joann Reitenour - February 20, 2013

Do NOT confirm Hagel for Secretary of Defense!

Darcie Peet - February 20, 2013

Hagel should absolutely not be confirmed. Not just for political reasons of delay for more information or to leverage further information on Benghazi, he simply is not a patriot who has this country’s interest nor our key ally, Israel, in mind. I do not believe he would take a position of strength in defending our interests around the world. It would only continue a position of weakness and distrust our allies already feel about our administration. It’s time for the Republicans to stand up, get serious and fight one of the most corrupt, near- dictatorial administrations this country has ever had!

Marcella - February 20, 2013

Honestly, he is not present. Does he have demensia? He seems unable to remember basic facts. I feel sorry
for him, he needs to retire.

Joseph McKennan - February 20, 2013

The fact that this person is even being considered is a slap in the face to native born citizens of the United States. He would not be a secretary of defense for the greatest nation on earth- he would be a puppet spokesperson for. the nebulus being that is pulling his strings. This man is the worst choice for secretary of defense in my lifetime. Has the whole world gone crazy?

Sharon - February 20, 2013

Absolutlely NOT. He is NOT qualfied, but, that hasn’t stopped administration app’ts esp. from Clinton – forward. To this day I cannot understand how obama got to the position he is in.

Thomas Dangelo - February 20, 2013

Senator Hagle should be given a thumbs down as the Secretary of Defense. Let us set aside the partisanship. Let up put pricinples above personalities. On the principle of the issue he is fundamentally flawed as a human being when he takes the stands that he has taken.His track record affects the constitution and the freedoms for which I stood ready to die for.

Tom Dangelo
US Navy Retired
Life member of the DAV

Vickey Best - February 20, 2013

Hagel is absolutely not the right person for this cabinet position nor any cabinet position for that matter. If Obama wants him he has a sinister reason for nominating him. Our senate needs to man up and do their duty in the advise and consent function and deny this nomination and send a signal to the president that the American people are getting weary of his tactics to bully us into submission.

David Belasco - February 20, 2013

I firmly believe that former Senator Hagel should be allowed to find suitable civilian employment.

Richard Ekstrand - February 20, 2013

Absolutely no way Chuck Hagel should be confirmed as Secretary of Defense. God help us if he is confirmed!

Robert Kleiber - February 20, 2013

Mr. Hagel should not be confirmed. I agree that he is not qualified to hold the office.

Ray Fountain - February 20, 2013

I am absolutely opposed to Senator Hagel’s confirmation to be Secretary of Defense. To say his foreign policy and defense preparedness views are ridiculous is an understatement, not to mention a serious lack of mental acuity.

Benny Mullinax - February 20, 2013

This man is totally unprepared to be the Secretary of Defense. His statements about Iran and Syria and his proposals to work with them are almost tantamount to treason in my opinion. He is nothing but a “Yes Man” and puppet to Obama and his twisted views toward the Muslim Brotherhood and other such organizations. His name should have never even been submitted.

Carl in Texas - February 20, 2013

It is obvious that Hagel is not suited for the job. Is his nomination an overt attempt to degrade the military?

Dennis Lombard - February 20, 2013

Senator Hagel should not be confirmed. His position on nuclear weapons is beyond naive, it is dangerous.

Arlene Hanson - February 20, 2013

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wade Taylor - February 20, 2013

No–Hagel will not be a good SECDEF–I spent 23 years in the military and we were hollowed out and demoralized under Carter. I see even worse things ahead if Hagel is confirmed. The politicians of both parties have done the country in.

Kelly Ann - February 20, 2013

Absolutely DO NOT confirm Hagel
You see, the problem is… People STILL DO NOT want to believe that we have an ENEMY in the Oval Office here in America and he surrounds himself with ENEMIES of America also.
We are in a deadly situation for our country, our people but, no one seems to be truly getting much done to fix it. Barack Obama has done numerous treasonous things and impeachable things and well….. he’s still here in OUR OVAL OFFICE! No one makes a move against him and this is hard to figure out. If I go steal an item… I would go straight to jail! Barack Obama does treasonous acts against this country and everyone with the power to DO SOMETHING about just turns their backs and mutters to themselves, I guess. We feel HELPLESS in the big picture, ..really!

Bob Marttila - February 20, 2013

I called both Senator Udall and Senator Bennett today and asked that they not vote to confirm Hagel due to the fact that is not competent to handle this critical job for our country. While I don’t hold out much hope for a “no” vote from either of them, I wanted to make my voice heard. They vote together (Democratic) 99.9% of the time.

Bob Marttila - February 20, 2013

I called both Senator Udall and Senator Bennett today and asked that they not vote to confirm Hagel due to the fact that he is not competent to handle this critical job for our country. While I don’t hold out much hope for a “no” vote from either of them, I wanted to make my voice heard. They vote together (Democratic) 99.9% of the time.

Douglass Schaeffer - February 20, 2013

This is a resounding “NO”!!!! Why are some of our Senators flip-flopping on this. He experienced “convenient amnesia” on key questions during the hearing. Once more, “NO”!!!!!

SC Mom of One - February 20, 2013

ABSOLUTELY NOT

donald pursley - February 20, 2013

NO!!! Chuck Hagel should not be confirmed.The Republicans are nuts if they let that happen.John McCain’s comments do not even make sense.

Jemele Sanderson - February 20, 2013

Is it my imagination, or has President Obama put/kept numerous former Republican folks into positions for which he has little respect idealogically ? Namely, financial/monetary and defense. Make that CAPITOLISM AND MILITARY !! Just askin’ – – -

Hugh Urban - February 20, 2013

Heck no….

wayne meucci - February 20, 2013

I completely agree that based on his extremely poor performance at his confirmation hearing, his past comments and his failure to submit the additional documents requested by the committee, that Senator Hegal does not deserve confirmation. The reasons mentioned by Heritage say it much better than I can.

Edwin Johnson - February 20, 2013

Please do not confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense . He certainly is not qualified!! Any enemy of Isreal is the enemy of freedom and the American way. I can’t add to James Carafano’s analysis and totally agree with it.. Ed Johnson

Don Peter - February 20, 2013

He should absolutely NOT be confirmed. He would be a danger to U.S. interests and appears also to be simple imcompetent.

J Johansen - February 20, 2013

Hagel will be an embarassment to the country AND Nebraska. He was as bad as Senator “Kickback” Nelson when he represented us before! Do NOT trust him!

Carol Shrider - February 20, 2013

absolutely not! Incompetent Obama ally.

Ron & Esta Hudgins - February 20, 2013

If he would be confirmed, I would still want the congress to be able to recall him and choose another.

Connie Kirchner - February 20, 2013

I am absolutely opposed to Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. He is a pawn for Obama and will not do what is best for America.

Gina Meade - February 20, 2013

I do not believe that Hagel should be confirmed. By nominating Hagel, Obama makes it appear that he is trying to be bi-partisan by nominating a Republican. Although a Republican, he is NOT a conservative. He has many of the same views and ideology as Obama. Why would Obama choose a qualified Republican, when that would go against his agenda?

Michael Deutsch - February 20, 2013

Hagel must not be appointed. Any Republican/conservative that votes in favor of this obnoxious, incompetent, unpatriotic person should be drummed out of the Senate. Hagel will assure the rapid demise of our ability to defend ourselves and will compromise our security at home and abroad. Democrats must also reach down and find some modicum of patriotism and defeat this nomination. Of course, none will.

Harvey Bauman - February 20, 2013

Not qualified at all, will be a puppet of Obama and his plans to weaken America in everyway. How could the military show any respect for either of these people is beyond my thinking.

Kenneth Sanguinetti - February 20, 2013

I The leader of all our military has to understand the big ,overall picture. He must understand our potential enemies and who they are. He has proved he does not by wantings to cut our Navy , Air force, Army and Marine Corps and not understanding Who the enemy is.

Chuck - February 20, 2013

Hagel is suspected to be a musloid. On top of being a commie. Yeah! He is unsuitable for office of the State. But! Who’s counting? obama/bluegums is unsuitable and no one ever raises their voice.
If congress is so scared of bluegums, or maybe they agree with him, so let them keep on messing around. One of these days they’re going to step on their penis and all hell is going to break loose. Then we will need to make sure no marxist/progressive/liberal/commie/whatever doesn’t walk away.

Paul Brown - February 20, 2013

Without question he is the most unqualified person ever to be nominated to a Cabinet position.

Dewey Switzer - February 20, 2013

Hagel’s Senate testimony showed without doubt he is not qualified for the position. Regardless of politics he is a very poor choice. He was clueless on almost every question.

Harold Shira - February 20, 2013

Absolutely NO–under NO circumstances should Hagel or anyone with his bias against Israel be confirmed to any position in the government.

We already have one anti-Israel, black Muslim Communist in the White House plus a lot of his appointees who share his radical positions in other government offices. We need fewer of them, not more of them!

We should be taking action to remove the traitors from power.

John F. Bergin - February 20, 2013

Hagel and Obama are Communists and do not support our constitution or our legacy and leadership in the world. Hagel should be rejected firmly!
Thank you

D Hoffman - February 20, 2013

This politician has shown to be incompetent as a legislator. His lack of Strategic Thinking in the interest of National Security is shadowed by his political self indulgence and far leftist agenda. He has made it obvious that he has an anti-semetic view of the MIddle East and in lock step with Obama.

Dolores George - February 20, 2013

It is frightening to think that an individual so unqualified would hold such a position. As responsible citizens we must urge our Representatives to product our Country by refusing to permit such a travesty. DGeorge

Marilyn Jacobs - February 20, 2013

Certainly NOT! Obama seems determined to appoint
weak and ineffectual people who agree with him and can
be controlled. Hagel is a traitor to America in the making! Where are our senators/reps we elected to do
their jobs? Hasno one any principles or guts?

Peter Kuietauskas - February 20, 2013

We already have a president who does not stand by our LOYAL Allies, we don’t need a defense secretary that will not stand by our best friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Melvin Miller - February 20, 2013

I’m sorry to say that Hagel isn’t qualified to be our Secretary of Defence for our great nation which I love dearly. I would love to see him go out the back door and stay out.

Jane Crawford - February 20, 2013

NO! I don’t understand our GOP Senators wanting to confirm him. He is not qualified plus I believe his appointment would be very dangerous for our country.

Robert Golay - February 20, 2013

NO! It would be a serious mistake.

Pat - February 20, 2013

Just when you think that Obama has hit the bottom of the barrel with Hagel and Kerry, he lowers the bottom of the barrel a few more inches and finds more candidates in the scum…

George Goodwine - February 20, 2013

What I do not comprehend, agree with, and am staying on the sidelines as far as the Republican party is concerned is “If you do not think the nominee is qualified why would you vote to confirm.” Deference only extends to minor disagreements over policy. Qualification to serve is a much more serious matter. So those Republicans who vote only so their party can get elected have no credibility in my book. They are simply Rhino Democrats. It is better to abstain or vote no and remain unpopular than to cave in. This presumes a reasonably moderate position. I would rather the Republican sit it out than cave in.

Vince Truax - February 20, 2013

Vote NO. He demonstrates no leadership, no vision and seems to be limited in intelligence. A veritable disaster in the making in a critical position. God help this country if the Republicans fold.

Cortland - February 20, 2013

Hagel is a disaster Incapable of saying anything inteligent!!!!! NO WE DO NOT NEED HIM.

Rick Caston - February 20, 2013

Absolutely not. But since our Federal Government is now being run by a pack of traitors to our Republic on both sides of the isle then it is a given that he will be confirmed.

Frederick N. Evans - February 20, 2013

Simply put, NO!

Jerrold Radway - February 20, 2013

I can’t believe the Republicans after stoppiing ther nomination are now willing to allow a vote for a man who is immensely unqualified. They know he is unqualified and should battle like h— to prevent his beiing accepted.

Rose Johnson - February 20, 2013

Even if Senator Hagel’s nomination is denied, Obama will follow with another absurd candidate. That said, this nomination must still be denied and must be done so with emphatic disgust by every member of the GOP!

Delbert Freeman - February 20, 2013

Not only “NO !” but “NO !!!”

Steven - February 20, 2013

Hagel’s appointment is another conformation of the worst administration in U.S. history – quite a legacy for Obama.

Shannon Roe - February 20, 2013

Hagel has no business being Secretary of Defense. Unfortunately, that’s likely to be the case with anyone else Obama nominates, because whoever it is will be Obama’s puppet and is likely to be as incompetent and misguided as Obama is.

Merrill Arbuckle - February 20, 2013

Hagel does not have the knowledge nor experiance to lead our millitary.

richard bullock - February 20, 2013

where to start? we can really only judge from what we saw of his confirmation hearing. calling it a disaster is being charitable… the guy looked and sounded “hung over”… not to mention uninformed and totally without gravitas. to think of the great Americans that have held this crucial seat and see this yes man, lackey, bho mouthoiece, “I wont have any say in Policy” puppet is beyond credible. The press sits obediently and says nothing… even they cant defend him … but for the protection of bho, they will not give an honest assessment and condem him. why some repubs say they will vote for him is a gross disservice to the people.

Glenn McGee - February 20, 2013

Hagel is not qualified to be the Secretary of Defense, a senator, a congressman, a sheriff, or a garbage collector.
It is obvious why he was not commissioned when in the armed forces. He should not be confirmed.

Flore Fredette & Roland H. Fredette - February 20, 2013

Poor choice. Obama is not a king, although he acts like one with one order after another

Flore Fredette & Roland H. Fredette - February 20, 2013

No, no,no

David Enge - February 20, 2013

No! His performance at the confirmation hearings was far worse than O’s first debate, and that was bad.

Charles C Whiteaker - February 20, 2013

No on Hagel. Yes on Alan West.

Catherine Budenbender - February 20, 2013

Hagel is not qualified for the position of Secretary of Defe
ense,and his nomination should be rejected. One has to wonder why the President would nominate such incompetent people to lead important positions? Is he seeking to diminish American influence in foreign affairs? He is incompetent and his ideologies will destroy America along with all the incompetent people he is placing in charge of important positions.

Janice Rodgers - February 20, 2013

Anyone or anything Mr. Obama wants, I am against. He is playing a game of strategy that will lead this country into irrelevancy. BUT, look ahead, there may be a worse candidate coming to us, if Mr. Hagel is one of those “mis-directions” of our Illusionist-in-Chief.
It is just so frustrating when the “media” condones and says “He, Mr. Obama, has no choice” with whatever he does whether good or evil, in effect he is blameless in whatever he does. And when a conservation states a perfectly reasoned opinion, he, she, they are smeared with the most offensive descriptions. However, I think more people are waking up. Those who have been fooled some of the time. Now we just have to get those who are fooled all the time to awaken.

Paige Moore - February 20, 2013

Absolutely NOT!!

Josephine Cunningham - February 20, 2013

Chuck Hagel was unable to present himself as being mentally capable for any high office. I find it unbelievable that any loyal American legislator would trust him with our national security. Do they all need their heads examined? God save our country!

gus - February 20, 2013

no,no,no

John Fritz - February 20, 2013

I totally agree with this analysis. The president structured a cabinet in his first term that ended up making a mess of everything and seriously contributing to the destruction of the economy. Now he is appointing dubious individuals who will do his every bidding without resistance. In my mind’s eye, he is circling the socialist wagons and preparing for the full realization of his socialist/Marxist agenda. This occupant of the presidency quite literally scares me beyond my ability to give the fear accurate descriptive terms. I see full-fledged Marxism on our horizon. Just look at the big picture, his agenda to date and what he is now attempting to do with sequestration, gun control, continued outlandish spending, borrowing, printing money to buy our own debt and all the while blaming anyone who dares to criticize or resist. All this is REAL Marxist tactics.

Lester Troxel - February 20, 2013

Anyone who supports Hagel to be Secretary of Defense should not be in office. The same as Obama should not be the PRESIDENT.

Barton L. Hartzell - February 20, 2013

Chuck Hagel should NOT be confirmed for
Secretary of Defense. His views on Israel and Iran
are competely out of the mainstream, and do not
reflect the viewsof the American people.

James E Greene - February 20, 2013

Hagel’s position regarding Israel is intolerable! He will be nothing more than a pupet mouth-piece for ObumA.
Let us have a real servant of American People in the DOD; especially since the CINC is following the Cloward-Piven plan to fundamentally change America.

Bill R. Cottrell - February 20, 2013

Former Senator Hagel is a RINO(Republican in Name ONLY), and should NOT be confirmed for Secretary of State. He has spoken very plainly against Israel, and has not condemned Obama for the failure of #1 Himself, Hillary Clinton, and Leon Paneta, for the deaths of our Ambassador and 3 others in Libya!. I would beg the Senate to NOT approve Chuck Hagel as Secretary of State.

Ellen Elmore - February 20, 2013

Chuck Hagel should not be confirmed for the position of Secretary of Defense because of his stated positions on Israel, Iran, and the state of our military.

COL A R McCahan, USA-Ret - February 20, 2013

I am a Christian Conservative Constitutionalist and Senator Hagel fails in all three categories. He appears not to recognize that this Republic was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. Although he “wears” a Republican label, I believe he is a RINO, and would give Mr. Obama another opportunity to claim he is reaching across the aisle when in fact, he has been one of the most divisive presidents in my memory. Finally, I’m not sure that Senator Hagel has ever read the Constitution and I’m certain that he doesn’t know what it really means or its importance to this great country. I won’t even comment on his competence to even enter into the offices of the SECDEF, let alone administer those offices; he would be completely out of his depth…

Terry - February 20, 2013

Sorry, folks, but we have four years of this storm to weather, which is why elections matter. Too many Republicans stayed home last election, and so we put up with this stuff for another 4 years. Hook in and hold on as Hagel will be our next SD. Save your energy, cause we’re going to need it in the midterms if we’re going to halt train Obama from rolling the Country and Congress going Dem. The low info voter – notice I didn’t call them stupid? – rules for now. We truly have our work cut out for us…

Bob Gross - February 20, 2013

No question in my mind that Hagel is an anti-Semitic that is surely confirmed by his remarks about Israel while serving in the senate.

Arthur Tunstall - February 20, 2013

The Republicans should stand their ground and vote no on Hagel. However, we don’t like it when the opposition blocks a vote up or down, so we should let it come to a vote and vote against him as a block. Yes, he will pass, but we would have stood our ground. Someday when the shoe is on the other foot, we would appreciate that up or down vote.

Robert - February 20, 2013

What’s the problem? Obama is incompetent and it follows on down thru just about the entire administration. We are in trouble, folks.

Philip Abbott - February 20, 2013

Hagel is unqualified for Secretary of Defense. We need someone who is honest and will support the Constitution of these United States.

David Bast - February 20, 2013

Certainly NOT

Emiko Ward - February 20, 2013

Chuck Hagel has always been a RINO. His anti Jewish beliefs, his pro Iranian beliefs make him unsuitalble for the position of Secretary of Defense. But it is these beliefs that make him so pallitable for Obama. Usually Obama picks people who are yesmen. But in Hagel he has a person who echoes Obama’s beliefs. This is a further step in the distruction of our Country.

James Bagley - February 20, 2013

Hagel should never be confirmed for any govt. position. We have enough enimies without and within with out adding his liberal policies to the mess.

Art aphillips - February 20, 2013

Hagel does not need to be confirmed. He has no love for this country and will sell it out to Iran or anyone else his sick mind dictates. He is being pushed by Obama so that the illegal, power mad man occupying the office of President will have another pawn and lying person in his cabinet.

Jim Olson - February 21, 2013

The only advice Obama welcomes is of the sort which
will embellish his image favorably among those voters with their hands out. Both Obama and Lap Dog Chuck Hagel are of no value, however Hagel’s incompetence will help hasten the realization that Obama is woefully unqualified for anything other than attempting to redistribute the shrinking wealth of this great Nation. Destroy the Health Care System, destroy the Economy and on to the Military. What a sad state we are in. Vote the other lap dogs out in November 2014. The Tipping Point is fast approaching.
Wake up America!

Randal Peterson - February 21, 2013

Chuck Hagel has proven to be anti-Israel and shows to be supportive of countries that foster terrorism. His loyal military service to this country does not qualify him for political service any more than it does for someone like Jesse Ventura (that example should need no explanation). Obama’s appointments and treatment of Generals show what his intentions are for the future of this country. Those intentions are very disconcerting.

Janice Lundy - February 21, 2013

He should NOT be confirmed. Secretary of Defense should be someone who is pro-America and pro-Israel!

pt - February 21, 2013

This nominee is not qualified for this position just by virtue of being picked by this “president” who also is not qualified.
Any choice by this “president” should be suspect. Think about all the “czars” that have been appointed without any congressional approval, ditto the “supreme court” picks.
What is more alarming is the lack of courage the Congress (both parties) has shown to challenge the end runs this “president” has used to get his way.
I also think one of the biggest enemies the American people have is the so called Media and their “pravda/isvestia” attitudes. What is the answer to counter this lack of Truth?

Gary Ethridge - February 21, 2013

absolutely Not, His performance at the Senate hearings was one of the worst I have heard in a long time. I dont see how he has the nerve to keep his name in the running.

Jane Hillman - February 21, 2013

NO, Chuck Hagel does not have the qualifications nor patriotic principles to be confirmed as Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.

Audel H. Hicks, Jr. - February 21, 2013

No to Hagel for the reasons given my Mr. Carafano.

Gracie - February 21, 2013

I watched the hearing and I believe Hagel was not prepared and did not appeared incompetent to answer questions on the fly. I do not believe he is capable of running the most important department in our government. His comments on Israel are not good but they could have been just bluster on his part which also doesn’t bode well for him.

Robert Craig - February 21, 2013

No because of his record and how his confirmation hearing was an example of complete incompetence.

Darryl Springs - February 21, 2013

With the precariously unstable political and military issues facing the U.S. in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, we need a Secretary of Defense who is qualified, has exhibited leadership and experience in his previous endeavors and appreciates the risks (politically and militarily) that face us today. Mr. Hagel, based on all that we now know about him, appears eminently UNQUALIFIED to make decisions that will directly affect our military and national defense.

Joyce - February 21, 2013

Hagel is another stone in Obama’s bucket that is intended to weigh the country down until it sinks. He fits right in with Obama’s posse. Bad, or Stupid is as Stupid does” as Forest Gump has stated, is a brilliant description of this so-called “president”. Hagel’s recorded history is one of unconscionable corruption and worse than unwise thinking and words coming from him.

karma stout - February 21, 2013

Chuck Hagel is qualified to be Secretary of Defense for the U.S.A. He would be dangerous to the country in that position.

Grace Hawkins - February 21, 2013

At this time in the history of our country is seems our “civil society of ideas and debate” has been shut up and/or shut down, however one sees it, and we refuse to see or even perhaps can no longer recognize lying and deception as it rolls off the tongues of those who have been elected to be “the Fathers of our nation” out along the airways and into our lives and those of our children. We are no longer in need of “civil ideas and debate”, we are in need ot action to remove the evil that has been allowed to flourish in our midst…truly a rotting evil that is eroding the very foundations of our lives. Do you truly love America or just your voice saying that you do? The operative word here is DO…ACT…Please erradicate this scourge that has invaded our land, this land is my land, this land is your land/.the home of the brave and the free.

Barbara Leon - February 21, 2013

From all I have read, NO he should not be confirmed. Another candidate, more pro-America should be nominated and confirmed.

Mark - February 21, 2013

I think that the mainly silent fearful Republican Congressional members should be replaced with Statesmen instead of those politicians. If there was a handle that would flush that “august body” I would press it. I’m amazed that they have this amount of collective temerity.

Richard - February 21, 2013

His confirmation should be held up until the Benghazi and Fast and Furious scandals are exposed with those responsible removed from office and/ or prosecuted. Mrs. Clinton and Eric Holder should nt be let off the hook just because they exit their offices, resigning does not exonerate them for what they have been involved in.

These two incidents if completely brought out in the open have the potential to make a majority of Americans realize the agenda and incompetence of this entire administration.

Once that is done there will be no public support for any of Obama’s nominations in any area.

Andre - February 21, 2013

No he should not be confirmed

Bill Comstock - February 21, 2013

An emphatic “NO”

Doris Dunn - February 21, 2013

February 21,2013 – Doris

He is not qualified. He answers like a kid in lower school. He sounds as if he has no knowledge of anything asked of him.

Robert Moore - February 21, 2013

NO, He should not be confirmed. To date he has not been in a position with D-DoD power. Based on his spoken beliefs regarding treatment of our enemies and our friends, we must assume that he will use this new power to continue down that line along with the line currently held by the administration. That is a dangerous recipe against our national security.

Bethany Kemp - February 21, 2013

Hagel should absolutely NOT be confirmed! I have notified my Congressmen of that fact. He is not trustworthy, nor does he have our country’s best interests at heart. Thank you for this opportunity to comment! We are being attacked from within and without and it will take the action of EVERY AMERICAN to get in the fight to save our Republic!!

Robert N Ivy - February 21, 2013

We as a country cannot afford to have character such as Hagel to be representative of our ideals. Even the President’s outlook on some areas are radical.

Gwen Coleman - February 21, 2013

Absolutely not!
May GOD protect us not only from the Obama administration but from our own Republican Congress members. They are such a threat to America along with Obama.

John Smith - February 21, 2013

A guy like this would be a main ingredient for another war starting. Anyone who thinks that he is a good pick will be panicking for excuses when everything hits the fan.

Say no.

Mike Durham - February 21, 2013

Absolutely not! Senator Hagel has shown on many occasions what his true feelings are on a variety of issues. There is no way he could lead America’s military. Rely on the old saying in this case; a leopard doesn’t change his spots.

Barbara Sbrogna - February 21, 2013

Mr. Hagel is, without question, the most unqulified and dangerous person ever to be nominated to such a critical post. But why is anyone surprised? This president and his entire administration has demonstrated time and time again its utter disdain for our military and our national defense. This nomination is the ultimate insult to the military establishment and to the American people. This is a travesty and that ANY Republican senator is considering voting for this man simply adds to that insult.

joan spire - February 21, 2013

His military service notwithstanding, his performance off the field of batttle in the hearings (and Congress) was inept to put it mildly. His acceptance of the nomination is another finger in the eye of his Republican colleagues, not to mention the country.

John D. Watts - February 21, 2013

Hagle’s confirmation would be Treason, which is unfortunately, is a re-occuring act by the obama administration.

rich brow - February 21, 2013

Absolutely not! He should be fired from his present position and then arrested for sedition! What a poor choice our President has made…AGAIN!! He should be fired too.

Deborah - February 21, 2013

No he should not be confirmed.

Rich Horton - February 21, 2013

Mr. Hagel should not be confirmed based upon his previous writings and stances as well as his revealing testimony before the subcommittee. Sorry, Mr. President, the United Stated of America cannot afford to approve your dangerously underqualified candidate in the spirit of “getting along.”

Peggy Marshall - February 21, 2013

Of course not, but that would be the logical conclusion.
Since when do our elected officials do what is logical and what the people suggest that they do?

Bev Kraft - February 21, 2013

I do not support Chuch Hagel. He is not supportive of Israel and is way to close to Iran and their interests, not ours!!! We also need to get to the bottom of Benghazi. We need to know WHY President Obama was not leading, where was he, and impeach him if we find this was a true cover-up !!!

Marsha Davis - February 21, 2013

Absolutely not. For all the reasons that were stated in you article regard Hagel. His testimony during the hearings was not up to standards. I would be very concerned if he was confirmed.

Frank O’Donnell - February 21, 2013

I do not believe that Chuck Hagel has the mental capacity to be the Secretary of Defense. His thinking is very muddled and he does not possess the leadership skills that will be needed for this job. It is time we stopped promoting people based on the “good old boy” criterion and chose people who are qualified for the jobs they are being selected for.

Renny - February 21, 2013

No, but what the hell, what the big “O” wants he just “takes!!!” we have no say!!!!

Glenda Gilstrap - February 21, 2013

Because of the world situation, anyone not strongly supporting Israel should be immediately rejected.

MBAFBA - February 21, 2013

Hagel is an absolutely terrible choice. There are many qualified individuals from both parties why settle for Hagel?

Carl Ring - February 21, 2013

Hagel has no experience and sure not enough to have this high posting. He is just another Obama puppet and could not handle this Please vote NO on his confirmation.

Chuck Yahn - February 21, 2013

Hagel has proven his colors through his actions. He changes position with the change of the wind or what might be best for Hagel. Totally unfit for Secretary of Defense.

James wright - February 21, 2013

I would not trust this guy, you can look in his eyes sea that the truth is not him. He is not the guy we need in this job,it is over his head he is a no no no.James Wright

Larry E - February 21, 2013

He does no tfavorIsrael, thus he is not suitable? I got no problem with Hagel.

Dave - February 21, 2013

No, he should not be confirmed. Do not believe he would support what we believe is best for the U,S. as a world leader.

John Strayer - February 21, 2013

No. He does not have US interests at heart.He should withdraw.

John - February 21, 2013

He lacks credibility and that is the bottom line. I see no attributes that make him qualified for the position of SECDEF. There are thousands of vets who fought honorably and were wounded in Vietnam and that is all i see that is being put forward to qualify him. How shallow is this government???? God Bless America.

Melvin Noah - February 21, 2013

He is not qualified. His decisions supporting radical Islamists and against Israel make this obvious. He does not have the balanced vie needed for this important position.

Jim Budde - February 21, 2013

No, He is way to Anti-American to the Constitution.

Joyce Sweeney - February 21, 2013

No, the confirmation hearing proved he is ill-advised and ill-equipped to head our military. He has no principles and should not be Sec’y of Defense. Defense is not just another cabinet position. When you consider that he wants to disarm all our nukes like Obama, he is very dangerous.

Gary T - February 21, 2013

He is not bright enough to be a senator.

George A. Gaun - February 21, 2013

POTUS is “The Problem” Hagel is one of the symptoms among others!. NFI.

Liz - February 21, 2013

In no way. How any congressmen can say, as John McCain did, that Hagel is unqualified, but he (McCain) would vote for him anyway, astounds me.

Thomas Lucy - February 21, 2013

No he should not be confirmed, but given the cowards who occupy the Senate, he likely will be. On the other hand, Obama is the most dangerous President of my lifetime, but that didn’t stop the looters from reelecting him. They deserve each other. The more things they screw up between now and 2016, hopefully voters will recognize the need for a next President who will surround himself with competent leaders, and do something constructive for the economy. It’s going to be a tough four years.

Sharon - February 21, 2013

I am appalled by the fact that Congress cannot get answers to anything anymore so they just shrug it off. I questioned my Senator about Benghazi and he sent me a letter stating there were no wrongful findings in the reaction to the murder of four Americans. Hillary Clinton should be held responsible. Instead she decided to leave her position, probably to begin her campaign to run for President. So why should we be surprised that Hagel will be appointed.
This country has lost it’s moral compass.

Richard Dubberly, LaCrosse, Fla. - February 21, 2013

Why does this least knowledgable and dishonest president want this least knowledgable and dishonest man to be the head of defense? There is a stench that drifts from the White House over our country.

Robert Trider - February 21, 2013

I totally agree with Heritage’s position and I have informed both of my Senators. For many reasons he should be rejected regardless of whether the president wants him.

David Searle - February 21, 2013

In my opinion, from hearing his positions on various friend and foe, he is not fit to hold such a critical position in our government.

Betty West - February 21, 2013

Whether Republican or Democrat, Mr. Hagel has not demonstrated intelligence, understanding of the high level position, inherent executive skills or personal self-confidence needed to hold so great a job. Do us all a favor, Mr. Hagel and withdraw. Otherwise, the Senate should NOT confirm.

Esther - February 21, 2013

Chuck Hagel should not be approved. He lacks honesty, character and definitely knowledge of the office they want to put him in.

clemmie clarke - February 21, 2013

Absolutely not!!!! The Republicans should get firmer and not be so wishy washy or concerned about their position in congress. Not too many people respect congress at this time.Obama and the DEMs are not stupid because they are trying to divide the REPUB. The REPRB should stand firm against him, and do what is right for our country. Is there anyone one who is honest and will work for our country?

Bill sr - February 21, 2013

I am not qualified to make that determination, but from the Heritage comments and comments by several others who supposedly are “in the know” I would say NO HE SHOULD NOT BE CONFIRMED. I am thoroughly fed up with political reasoning about significant decisions like this. I dearly hope that there will SOON be less politics and more representation of the people and our country!

Kim - February 21, 2013

Definitely not. Chuck Hagel is not qualified to be Secretary of Defense for the U.S.A. His ideology, beliefs, financial interests and political leanings do not conform to support our interests and the interests of our allies.

Dan - February 21, 2013

No. There is no reason our Secretary of Defense should embrace our enemies and reject our allies. Of course, the same could be said of our Secretary of State, so maybe that makes it OK.

Kenneth Sharitz - February 21, 2013

He definitely is not qualified for Sec. of Defense. Just as the person who nominated him is not qualified to be our Commander-in-Chief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ann Macomber - February 21, 2013

He is inarticulate due to his total lack of experience in this area of expertise. What he does know how to do is obfuscate, deny, and not be able to recall. We need accountability and statesmanship in this position. Unfortunately, I can’t think of a single democrat who could fulfill this. But, there are plenty of Republicans, other than Hagel, who could do a masterful job of not following Obama’s risky national security policy whom we could trust.

Bruce Wadleigh - February 21, 2013

Hagel lacks the experience and qualifications to do the job and command the respect of all of the armed forces. The same can be said of Obama the existing CIC who is a total embarassment as POTUS and CIC.

Semper Fi !!!

Gunny

Von E Dix - February 21, 2013

Please tell me why my comment was not posted. I submitted the comment yesterday. Thank you.

Denny Converse - February 21, 2013

He is another ridiculously unqualified nominee made by a ridiculously unqualified president.

Jim - February 21, 2013

Mr. Hagel is just another example in the long line of President Obama’s continued failures, and it is a further example of his complete lack of experience and leadership. Mr. Hagel should not be confirmed.

Bob Wahner - February 21, 2013

Absolutely not! He is even less suitable than Panetta was.

Frances Bilby - February 21, 2013

Heritage has outlined very well the reasons Chuck Hagel is not qualified. Here in Nebraska we know he also has a temper and has difficulty controlling himself. We don’t need an impulsive egotist in that important sensetive slot.

Marc - February 21, 2013

He should not be confirmed. He does not have the credentials to be Secretary of Defense. His hostility toward the State of Israel is very troubling and when it comes to understanding international affairs, he is both naive and incompetent.

Jill - February 21, 2013

Absolutely NOT! Hagel is not qualified to be the Secretary of Defense of the United States. As he has evolved over the years, he’s become more and more liberal in his beliefs. Just because he served in Vietnam, it doesn’t mean he is capable of being the Sec. of Defense. Somewhere he became confused on who our allies are and who our enemies are.

William H Alley - February 21, 2013

Absolutely NOT! He may or may not be of sterling character, but he is absolutely unqualified to be SECDEF by any standard.

Kathleen Lutes - February 21, 2013

Mr. Hagel definitely should not be confirmed as Secretary of Defense. His position on Israel and Iran are just two reasons for rejecting his appointment.

William A. Ryan - February 21, 2013

With his views on Isreal – our best friends across the sea – definitely not! With Hagel as Secretary of Defense combined with the sequester cuts on the military we are going to be in deep doodoo! His nomination by Obama is just another blatant example of Obama’s bent toward undermining the strength of this country!

Joseph Picone - February 21, 2013

Chuck Hagel must not be confirmed to the D.O.D. He was nominated by the Obama administration because he’ll be a “useful tool” in carrying out Obamas plan to dismantle our military. This man has proven himself to be an idiot and anti-semite, sympathetic to radical Islam. He is not a friend to Israel or the United States.

Joseph F. Kaltz - February 21, 2013

Absolutely Not! Mr. Hagel is totally clueless as to what has been going on in the world since the Terrorist Bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps Barraks in Beiruit Lebonon in 1983, (Which we got sucked into a Peace Keeping Mission by the UN). That is when The Islamofacist War on the United States (The West) began. Any body who does not understand this Historical Fact does not deserve to be dog catcher! Mr. Hagel is still living in the Jimmy Carter peace, love, drugs and rock n roll era in his mind.

Larry Cairns - February 21, 2013

No,No,No onHagel.I am beginning to wonder about McCain now.

ALFRED AUSTIN - February 21, 2013

NO. he should not be confirmed

Jack B. Wyrick - February 21, 2013

No, No, No. He should not be confirmed. He is the most
unqualified person for any Government Office that I have
ever witnessed Send him back to Nebraska..

Linda - February 21, 2013

Absolutely not! This is going to be the longest 4 years putting up with Obama and his incompetent appointments.

Dennis Suulivan - February 21, 2013

Don’t you get it ! He was designated to be Secretary of Reduced Defense.

Ray Bone - February 21, 2013

NO NO NO Their is no way to fix stupid. He appears not be trustworthy, nor honest, nor principled and the United States of America can and should do BETTER.

Frank Dallahan - February 21, 2013

No, the Senate should not approve him for the position. I actually laughed out loud when Mr. Obama said Hagel was uniquely qualified for the position because he served in Viet Nam. Not to denigrate anyone’s military service, but it seems to me that Mr. Hagel’s executive experience – or better put – lack thereof should be the most important factor in the selection process. His performance in the Senate confirmations proves the point.

Marikyn - February 21, 2013

No! He is not qualified to hold this important office!

George Brazzel - February 21, 2013

No,he should not be confirmed.We need someone who
will stand up for Isreal,not someone who is in favor of a
palestine state and also wants to get rid of our Atomic
weapons

Rich - February 21, 2013

I do not believe he should be confirmed. His answers during the confirmation hearings have been evasive and unsuitable given the position he has been nominated for.

Unfortunately, given the GOP’s exasperating track record insofar as standing their ground on anything meaningful, would seem to indicate Hagel’s confirmation in the near future is assured.

If this isn’t a battle worth fighting and winning, I wonder if the GOP will decide to fight and win on any issue.

James C. Scheuer - February 21, 2013

As a Vietnam veteran I can assure all who may wonder that that experience does not qualify anyone to be Secretary of Defense.

D. H. Springer - February 21, 2013

No. We need John Bolton who knows the world situation and can articulate to the public and administration what needs to be done.

Dale Watson - February 21, 2013

Please do all that you can to ensure he does not achieve confirmation.

Larry Ericsson - February 21, 2013

I do not believe he has the capacity and character to be in such an important position. He should not be entrusted with leadership of our armed forces but then neither should Obama.

Peggy Swanson - February 21, 2013

Chuck Hagel should NOT be confirmed! He is an enemy of the state!!

johnnelle - February 21, 2013

Definitely not! He is not trustworthy and I don’t think he has the integrity necessary for the job.

Don Hyer - February 21, 2013

No, he should not be confirmed! He is just not qualified for this position. He does not have an adequate understanding of the need for military preparedness, nor of the threats being made against the US and our interests and allies, particularly Israel. A powder keg is sitting with lighted fuse in the Middle East and he has shown incompetence in being able to delay or extinguish it.

richard wilson - February 21, 2013

hagel does not like israel/
therefor i dont beleive he would make a good secreter

Bill Angell - February 21, 2013

Hagel is not fit to be confirmed as Sec. Defense or anything else! His performance during the Senate hearings was abysmal.

SallyEV - February 21, 2013

Absolutely not!! I amsurprised that he can be considered an American with all the areas that he has voted against America and American values.

Linda Fivian - February 21, 2013

Do NOT confirm Chuck Hagel

John - February 21, 2013

Absolutely not. Chuck Hagel is not qualified to pass the Senate’s “Advise and Consent” muster for appointment to Secretary of Defense. All Senators, regardless of party, who understand his ineptness should do everything, including the use of filibuster, to oppose his nomination.

Jim Elliston - February 21, 2013

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

charlie - February 21, 2013

Of course Hagel should be confirmed. As a life-long Republican, I have voted for Hagel twice for president in Oregon’s primaries, writing him in. He is admirably qualified, and will make an excellent Secretary of State. But Chief Exceutive’s choices for cabinet should always be confirmed — I am hopeful the Democrats will follow this tradition when we get a Republican president in the 2016 election.

Barbara J Warren - February 21, 2013

He should not be confirmed not suited for the position .

Fred Nobrega - February 21, 2013

He should not be confirmed and I would be disappointed with the Republican members of the senate ( i.e. McCain) if he were.

Harry Elston - February 21, 2013

NO. This man appears to be your typical politician without any principles and moral courage.

Donna L Rott - February 21, 2013

I am so glad that the Senate has not approved President Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. I am totally against his nomination because of his love of Iran and hate of Israel. We don’t need someone who is not trustworthy and is incompetent in an executive position.

Holly Chapo - February 21, 2013

Hagel should not be confirmed. He is an astonishingly poor choice.

Jack Miller - February 21, 2013

Its a very sad state of affairs, when Mr. Hagel is the best they can do. I guess it confrims what Mr. President wants he gets…

Ann Louise E. Smith - February 21, 2013

Do not confirm Chuck Hagel as the Secretary of Defense of our nation. This appointment would be a true disaster for our country. He is not competent to hold this office. He is on the wrong side of almost all important decisions. NO, NO, NO. For the sake of our safety, Freedom, Liberty, he must not be put in this position.

Gerald Cole - February 21, 2013

NO!! Hagle should not be approved for Secretary of Defense.

Jack Elkins - February 21, 2013

He definitely should not be confirmed!

Robert Isenberg - February 21, 2013

Bottom line NO. Hagel is not qualified for the position of SECDEF. He has disrespected our allies and provided aid and comfort to our enemies. He is naive.

William Nixon - February 21, 2013

Chuck Hagel must never be appointed to any administrative position in the US Government.
His past and his hearing before congress are disgraceful to say the least.
DO NOT CONFIRM HIM FOR SEC. OF DEFENSE

marie davis - February 22, 2013

absolutly not. our reationship with Isreal is already strained, i would fear that Isreals enemies will see it as an open season for attack.

Jonathan - February 22, 2013

Absolutely not. The man is closer to being a candidate for the position of traitor than the leader of our military.

Genny - February 22, 2013

I strongly oppose Mr. Hagel’s nomination for the Defense Dept. After watching this man testify in the hearings and reading about his political background and recent teaching experiences, I am astounded that he is even being considered for a second vote! How can the Republican Party say they support our troops and then place such an incompetent man in leadership over them? What message are we sending to Isreal with this man’s approval? Where is the courage to stand for the truth?

Pete - February 22, 2013

NO. Another example of an unsuitable nominee offer up by Obama.

Donna Moody - February 22, 2013

No, but I think all of Obamas choices have been awful for our country.

Christopher Browne - February 22, 2013

Absolutely not. While I thank him for his service in Viet Nam, this does not qualify him to be Secretary of Defense.

John S Weis - February 22, 2013

I say “no” to Chuck Hagel, his views are that of his friend and guider B H Obama, just the opposite of mine.
I say Israel comes first, everyone else over there in the middle east want’s to kill all Americans, Democrat or Rebublican, so if you think Obama or Hagel have your best interest at heart, you are nuts.” No to Hagel”

Lawrence N.Gray, Esq. - February 22, 2013

The man has a perversly malignant element in his personality. John McCain has done nothing to give a common sense, credible explanation as to why he would not filibuster Hagel. Neither have other Republican Senators. I am grateful to Jim Demint for what he is doing. Next time, pass NYC by and come out to Suffolk and Nasau County on Long Island. This is where the Republican taxpayers are who are fed up. Tell Rep. Peter King to go get a haircut.
Voters like me now the in’s and out’s of government like the typical low inteligence voter knows Lotto or Sunday football and his wife-beater undershirt and a beer can. But I have only one vote in a state such as New York where my vote is drowned out.

Welene Worthington Goller - February 22, 2013

Absolutley not – I took off work and watched the whole show on C-Span and the man has lost it – he isn’t even qualified to hold any job I can think of – shame on Obama for not withdrawing his name.

C Graham Wayne - February 22, 2013

NO for two reasons! All signs are that he is incompetent in an executive position. That appears between irrelevant and preferable to Obama because Hagel so closely shares Obama’s misguided worldview of disrespect for military values and shoddy treatment of allies. That is a worldview that does not deserve the validation that Obama wants.

Dale Davis - February 22, 2013

Hagel is totally incompetent to be Secretary of Defense.
We have more qualified individuals in the United States than Hagel. He is totally out of touch with the real world we all live in the year 2013….just look at the hearings….embarrassing to this country that this is the best we have to offer… Come on now!

Arlys Oesterling - February 22, 2013

Not only is he not qualified, he is presented by Obama just to show he can work with Republicans by annointing one of their own. Then Obama will call the shots and the puppet wil obey.

Al & Cheryl Eisenmenger - February 22, 2013

He is NOT QUALIFIED to serve our country as the Secretary of Defense. In fact, what has he accomplished as a Senator? O’Bama is out of his league, therefore he isn’t even capable of selecting qualified people for his cabinet. All he wants are puppets.

mike burnette - February 22, 2013

this guy along with obama,pelosi,reid,feinstein,and anyone else that supports them are enemies of america, and complete IDIOTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Winston Allison - February 22, 2013

Hagel should NOT be confirmed. He is unqualified…enough said!!!

JOHN & SUE - February 23, 2013

Altho Hagel has shown some prowess as a GI does not class him as a strategist or classify him in the area of competency required for this level of activity …. it is questionable if he would even have the class of a decisive field officer in the military of today ….. he is NOT qualified to be in command of our military machine.

Richard Weller - February 23, 2013

No! He is unqualified. This is an important post and needs a qualified leader.

Gail Godsey - February 23, 2013

HE SHOULD NOT BE CONFIRMED!!!

Bill Edwards - February 23, 2013

Absolutely NOT!!! We have to quit playing footsie and mollycoddling this unqualified, unpatriotic socialist that calls himself president and start sticking up for our freedom and liberty.

Sharon Hayes - February 23, 2013

I DO NOT believe Chuck Hagel should be our Secretary of Defense.

Vern - February 23, 2013

He did not confidently present himself. He did not clearly answer many questions . Some questions were not answered at all. Based on what I saw and heard I do not feel he the one for the job.

Ken Kaiser - February 23, 2013

No Hagel should not be confirmed. But I have not seen the question “who is President Obama’s second choice” and “does it really matter” since this president is bound and determined to turn us into Venezuela.
We have this guy for four years so we must oppose as much as we possibly can. Hagel is a good start.

Michael Grahl - February 24, 2013

I think Hagel is one of the worst choices Obummer could make, and that’s why Obummer did it, to stick it to the Republicans!

william - February 24, 2013

he has lied no way can’t be trusted

Paula - February 25, 2013

Chuck Hagel was a crummy senator. He will be an even worse Secretary of Defense. America deserves the better. Our country used to be exceptional. America should have the wisest, most experiences people for these important posts. How did we end up with a bunch of re-cycled bureaucrats?? John Kerry? Chuck Hagel? Hillary Clinton . . . they have no expertise in anything. They don’t have any special knowledge in any of their areas. None of them have studied international relations. Hagel doesn’t even know history of our military or details of battles. It is sad.

Connie Lee - February 25, 2013

I agree with the Senate that he would not be suitable as Secretary of Defense because he can’t seem to separate out which countries are enemies of the United
States and which ones are our friends. That, in itself, causes a dangerous threat to our national defense.

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