Rope a dope

I only saw excerpts but I hereby nominate Chuck Hagel for the year’s worst performance at a Senate confirmation hearing. He seemed unprepared for the predictable preening and posturing of Little Lindsey, Senator Walnuts and the new malaka on the block, Ted Cruz. Surely, Hagel didn’t expect relevant questions from that pack of silly billies?

It’s been said before and I’ll say it again. Being the high panjandrum of the Pentagon is an administrative, not a policy job. The country tried going down that road with Rummy. Does anyone other than Wolfowitz, Senor or Bolton want a revival of Rummy-ism? The time the Dems put a policy guy over there, Les Aspin, it was a disaster for all concerned including the appointee. The man couldn’t administer his way out of a foot locker…

Here’s hoping that Hagel isn’t the guy we saw yesterday. His previous reputation was as an eloquent straight-shooting iconoclast. Yesterday, I was hoping Sheriff Barack took the bullets out of his gun ala Barney Fife. It is also possible that the administration decided it had the votes and let Hagel go into rope a dope mode, and take a beating from Obama’s enemies. I sure hope so, y’all.

Slate’s Dave Weigelhas been all over the Hagel story.I’ll let him have the last word from his brilliantly titled piece, Fluster Chuck:

Most Republican questions scored Hagel not for his views on defense
spending but on his support of Israel and foreign policy in the
neighborhood. “I’ve seen a number of times,” said Sen. Roy Blunt,
“you’ve said you’re pro-Israel, but you don’t have to be reflexively
what Israel is for.” That was the totality of Blunt’s argument—well,
that and how Hagel had been saluted by University of Chicago political
scientist John Mearsheimer, one of the co-authors of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.
Lindsey Graham had wanted to know who had ever been spooked by The
Lobby and what stupid things they’d done out of panic. The answer was
right in front of him, at the witness table.

9 thoughts on “Rope a dope

  1. Well, I have to admit I was confused I thought it was a confirmation hearing for United States Secretary of Defense but it seems it was for Israel’s Secretary of Defense. Silly me!

  2. Well, they sat on their wingnuttery through the Kerry hearings. So the pressure was gonna explode somewhere.
    Like y’all said about Sec for Defense of Israel.

  3. The object of a ‘confirmation hearing’ is to get confirmed. Fighting with the ones who will vote is not the best way to achieve that goal.
    I suspect the real Chuck Hagel with appear in front of President Obama, right hand raised, left on a bible, in the weeks to come.

  4. Loula,
    I googled it. Malaka is a synonym for a)wanker or b)asshole. Can be used as a friendly jibe or I think appropriately in the instance with Cruz not so friendly.

  5. The malaka of the week is a semi-regular feature of mine here at First Draft so most of our regular readers know what it means. Loula, you must be Greek since only one of my people would say non-Greek.

  6. You need to explain to the non- Greeks… what a malaka is so everyone knows how its fits Ted Cruz to a tee.

  7. What Nancy said and if I had been Hagel, I would have stood up and said “fuck alla you, you fucking fucks. I don’t need this goddamn job, nor do I want to have to answer to intelligence-free wastes of skin like what I see here. I’m going to the bar.”

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