By Lauri B. Regan
Political analysts, pundits, journalists, and even some lay people across the globe are questioning Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Hagel's impending nomination has been the subject of radio talk shows, cable news panels, and conservative and liberal columnists for a number of weeks now, reaching a crescendo on Monday when the official nomination was announced. The general consensus seems to be, "What in the world was Obama thinking nominating someone so controversial, who will entail the expense of major political capital when too many more important fights lie ahead, and whose confirmation is so questionable."
Every single person who views the Hagel nomination from that perspective is completely missing the big picture, naïve at best, or ignorantly hopeful that an Obama second term will bring kumbaya camaraderie, bipartisanship, "co-existence," and the fulfillment of other left-wing utopian dreams. Alas, if the Hagel nomination does not wake the remaining Kool-Aid drinkers from their slumber, nothing will.
For the answer to anyone who questions why in the world a lame duck President Barack Hussein Obama would nominate an anti-Semitic, gay-hating, dovish, seemingly mullah-supporting, Hezbollah-sustaining, isolationist to head up the Pentagon is beyond obvious. It is because he agrees with Hagel's views! Obama has absolutely no reason to appoint anyone to his cabinet or elsewhere in his administration who is not ideologically aligned with his own worldview. Accordingly, the guy who "won" and who "brings a gun to the fight," who has consistently pitted American against American with the strategy of divide and conquer, and who continually undermines the Constitution in order to expand his own power, no longer feels constrained by the American electorate.
While Americans ignorantly ignored Obama's off-mike comment to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that, "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility," I venture a guess that many in the international community took notice. As Medvedev responded, "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir," perhaps Kool-Aid drinking Americans enjoyed a James Bond flashback of some Hollywood produced fantasy they enjoyed on the big screen rather than coming to terms with the true meaning of the friendly exchange. But Vladimir, Ayatollah and Mahmoud, Assad, the Muslim Brotherhood, Kim Jong Eun, and other bad players on the world stage surely took notice. Is it really any wonder that Iran's Press-TV and the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress endorsed Hagel to head up Defense?
Americans are overlooking the spots on the Obama leopard they elected to office not once, but twice. The man they chose to lead America's decline in the 21st century does not like America, abhors Israel, her people and leader, detests his country's military strength and historic accomplishments, loathes economic freedom and individual liberty, and resents those who achieve success in a democratic, capitalist society (aside from himself). Obama never really hid those views from the public although the public never removed its rose-colored glasses through which it viewed their favorite idol. The mainstream media certainly played its role in pulling the wool over the public's eyes, but a failed record after four years in office (and the little information divulged from his pre-White House days) reveals a man with tremendous disdain for everything that this country represents.
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