As I told you he would be, regardless of all the GOP Kabuki Theatre about how awful Hagel is and demanding this, that and the other thing before they’s consider the nomination. All the GOP behavior meant to convince you they’re not just a rubber stamp for the Dumb Bastard. Now Obama has his “Republican” to implement the dismantling of our military. Pathetic.
US Senate votes to confirm Chuck Hagel as next secretary of defense of the United States; approval resolves weeks of delay over nomination due to Republican criticisms over Hagel’s record on Iran, Israel, Mideast.
The US Senate voted to confirm Chuck Hagel as America’s next secretary of defense in a 58-41 vote Tuesday afternoon.
The approval resolves weeks of delay and recrimination over the nomination, which Republicans initially held up over criticisms of Hagel’s record on Iran, Israel and several other Middle East-related issues.
Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, had in the past taken positions against unilateral sanctions on Iran and ruling out military force against the Islamic Republic, among other controversial stances, but disavowed those and many others during his confirmation hearing last month.
The vote was held after enough Republican senators agreed to allow the procedure earlier in the day. With Republicans clearing the way for a vote, Hagel was all but assured confirmation on a straight up-or-down tally, as the chamber has a Democratic majority.
Though Hagel has now been confirmed, the large number of no votes indicate that he remains an unpopular figure for many in the body he will now need to engage over a series of thorny issues, including deep cuts scheduled to hit the military.
Pray for Israel.