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The Hill
(daily newspaper covering USA Congress)
Thursday 27 December 2012


Log Cabin Republicans 

attack possible Hagel 
cabinet nomination

by Daniel Strauss

A group representing gay Republicans published an ad opposing the potential nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (Republican-Nebraska) for secretary of Defense.

The ad, published Thursday in The New York Times by the Log Cabin Republicans, cites comments Hagel made 14 years about James Hormel who was then being considered for a diplomatic post. Hormel, who is gay, was nominated by then-President Clinton to be ambassador to Luxembourg.

"They are representing America [as ambassador]. They are representing our lifestyle, our values, our standards. And I think it is an inhibiting factor to be gay — openly, aggressively gay," the ad quotes Hagel as saying.

The Log Cabin Republican ad also attacks Hagel's positions on Iran and Israel.

"Chuck Hagel: Wrong on gay rights. Wrong on Iran. Wrong on Israel," the ad continues. "Tell President Obama that Chuck Hagel is wrong for Defense Secretary."

Hagel, who is seen as the president’s top choice to replace Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, has come under attack from both conservative and liberal groups.

Conservative groups have raised questions about his approach to Israel, hitting Hagel for comments he made as a senator about the "Jewish lobby" attempting to intimidate lawmakers.

Foreign policy hawks also say that Hagel would not do enough to stop Iran's nuclear program from developing weapons, citing his past votes against extending sanctions on Iran.

Earlier this month, Hagel sought to address the growing criticism, releasing a public apology for the comments about Ambassador Hormel.

But a number of senators have said if nominated, Hagel can expect to face a tough hearing.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (Independent-Connecticut.) said he would have "serious questions" about Hagel's stance on national security issues.

And Sen. Lindsey Graham said that a potential "hearing will really matter."

“He has a stellar military record, but I think these comments disturb a lot of people and he’ll have to answer those questions," said Graham on Sunday.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy have also been mentioned to succeed current Secretary Panetta.

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19 comments:

LandscapeWindscreen said...

Times by the Log Cabin Republicans, cites comments Hagel made 14 years about James Hormel who was then being considered

The word “ago” is missing between years and about.

English is not my native lingo, could be I am wrong here, but something with that sentence is wrong. The proofreader probably was on his ciggie / coffee break....

Vleeptron Dude said...

Yeah, it should have been

"... cites comments Hagel made 14 years ago about James Hormel ...

The Hill didn't do its proper proofreading, and neither did Agence-Vleeptron Presse.

Did you post to f_minor that deutsches is not your first lingo??? You said something along those lines that surprised me.

LandscapeWindscreen said...

Explanation:
CH has four official languages, german, french, italian and rumantsch.

Germans in Germany speak “High” german, yet the swiss do not. We speak a sort of patois, a peculiar german dialect that in most cases cannot be understood by germans, but we can understand them perfectly. The situation of spoken french in Canada (quebecois) and the french spoken in France is similar, the differences between afrikaans in South Africa and the original dutch can also be noted.

I don’t think, dreamn, swear or have conversations in “high” german, I do that in our patios, yet I am able to speak and write it. Therefore I claim that “high” german is not my native language. Think of it of how yiddisch might compare to regular german and you might have an idea of what I mean. (Oddly I can understand yiddisch with the exeption of words originating from hebrew. I know what alte Kacker means, hehe...)

Within this patois there are about 30-40 different regional variations or dialects, with variations on grammar, slang words and syntax. There are cases where this regional variant differs from village to village, but only to those in the know.

Yet our newspapers, television and radio news are in “high” german. Confused ? We have gotten used to it...

To an extent I treat “high” german because it definetly is not my native tongue.

This situation might be a bit confusing for outsiders because there is no equivalent in the english-speaking world (the closest would be “‘strine” Down Under or the english spoken in rural areas of Alberta or Manitoba compared to BBC english).

As an example here is a song from one of our most beloved singer/songwriters:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mDLTuNF9ac

If you are still confused, lemme know, I will try to clear the fog.

Hey, have you seen my new Aria Fractal yet ?

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