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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Two Picks by Obama Delayed: Hagel and Brennan

Nadene Goldfoot
Hagel's nomination for Secretary of Defense has been held up for reasons other than his attitude towards Israel.  Everyone has a complaint about him.    One forgets he's a Republican, as only the Democrats are in favor of him. Republicans have challenged Hagel's past statements and votes on Israel, Iran, Iraq and nuclear weapons. .  The Republicans do want more information on September 11th's attack on Benghazi and what Obama was doing about it.

So is John Brennan nomination being held up for Director of the CIA.  "Four years ago Brennan wound up becoming White House counter-terror advisor–a White House staff position that likely has more policy influence than that of CIA director, and one not subject to congressional oversight when he had been passed over because of progressives' complaints about torture and detention practices. He'll probably get the nomination at the end of this month.

Senate Majority Leader  Democrat  Harry Reid filed for cloture on the nomination of Hagel late Wednesday afternoon but Republicans need more disclosure.  That afternoon in the Senate, Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican from Oklahoma, again called on Hagel to comply with GOP disclosure requests and specifically mentioned a 2008 speech to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).  They want to see the full text and details of several speeches Hagel failed to report to the Senate Armed Services Committee that have since been uncovered.

What is he hiding?  The ADC also has not disclosed the full video of the 2008 speech, while refusing to release its records as required by federal law.  The ADC vice President Nabil Mohamad told a reporter from Free Beacon that the video was in an "archive" in Maryland and not available.  He also declined to provide the group's 990.  The 990 lists financial and donor information and which nonprofits must present upon  in-person request.   After that, ADC has refused to even let the reporter into their office.  A second reporter telephoned the ADC to tell them of the legal requirement and was accused of racism and bigotry, of making threats against the organization, and was told that the "authorities" had been informed of his request.  So good luck, Senators.

Resource: Free Beacon, Alana Goodman, February 2013: "Arab-American Group won't Release Hagel Tape" ; from Pamela Geller
Also in Jewishfacts;
Why Hagel's finanaces are a concern
Hagel discussed by 2 Senators, Democrat and Republican

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