Obama: "Now It's Personnel" - Live Webcast

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Will the taxer-in-chief discuss the debt ceiling or will this 'personal' announcement be all Hagel/Defense and Brennan/CIA? Stay tuned...


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Via Reuters:

President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate Republican Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA, two choices likely to stoke controversy as he fills out his second-term national security team.

The selection of Hagel, a maverick former senator and decorated Vietnam veteran tapped to replace Leon Panetta at the Pentagon, appears destined for a bruising Senate confirmation battle against critics who have already launched an onslaught over his record on Israel and Iran.

Obama could also face opposition from human rights groups over his choice of Brennan, a CIA veteran who withdrew from consideration for the spy agency's top job in 2008 after questions were raised about his views on enhanced interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects during the Bush administration.

He would succeed retired General David Petraeus, who resigned amid a scandal over an extramarital affair with his biographer.

Obama, newly returned from his Hawaii vacation, will announce the two nominations at the White House on Monday afternoon, a senior administration official said. A "personnel announcement" was scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EST (1805 GMT).

The addition of Hagel and Brennan, along with Senator John Kerry as nominee for secretary of state, would round out Obama's national security team as he faces daunting challenges of winding down the war in Afghanistan, dealing with the Iranian nuclear standoff and curbing military spending.

Obama is backing Hagel for the Pentagon post despite the fact that the former Nebraska lawmaker, even before being nominated, had become a lightning rod for criticism from the left and the right.

Former Republican colleagues have joined pro-Israel groups and neoconservatives in questioning his commitment to Israel's security and slamming disparaging remarks about what he once called a "Jewish lobby" in Washington.

He has also come under fire for saying in 1998 that a nominee for an ambassadorial post was not qualified because he was "openly, aggressively gay" - a remark for which he has since apologized.

Obama's nomination of Hagel suggests that the president did not want to appear weak by seeming to bow to political opposition and being forced to pick someone other than his favorite contender for a top Cabinet post.

He backed down last month from a tough Senate confirmation battle over Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, his first pick to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and instead settled on Kerry.

But the risk for Obama is that pushing Hagel's nomination could force him to expend political capital he needs more for his next round of fiscal showdowns with congressional Republicans.


The nomination of Brennan, who has served as Obama's chief White House counterterrorism adviser since the start of his first term, could also make waves in Washington.

Brennan was believed to have been Obama's top pick to lead the CIA when he took office. But human rights advocates contended that as a senior CIA official under President George W. Bush, Brennan was tainted by the agency's use of interrogation techniques like waterboarding that are widely considered to be torture.

Brennan denied any connection to the interrogation methods but removed his name from consideration.

Brennan, who has a close relationship with Obama, has since won praise for his role in helping to plan the 2011 raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, something his supporters hope will quell criticism and keep his nomination on course.

"John Brennan's career of service and extraordinary record has prepared him to be an outstanding director of the CIA. ... Brennan has the full trust and confidence of the president," the senior administration official said. "For four years, he has seen the president every day, and been by his side for some of his toughest decisions."

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SokPOTUS's picture

The Wookie is preggers.

knukles's picture

Beware children with nictating membranes

true brain's picture

Hagel is a great choice. He has balls enough to stand up to APAC and the war machine. I'm having second thought about Obama. Maybe he is going to reposition into sanity in the second term.


Lindsay Graham is closet FAGGOT btw. The guy reeks of homosexuality even off the TV. Not that I am homophobic , I'm just hypocrite-ophobic.

trav777's picture

of course he is...he's one of the guys that services obama.  And he spreads his cheeks for the ISR lobby

Michaelwiseguy's picture

I'll take Hagel because it pises off Israel and our ZOG.

Alex Jones is on the Red Coat limey Brit Piers Morgan CNN show tonight 9PM est.

NotApplicable's picture

Well, that's a stupid reason.

Everyone should be so lucky as to live in the land of divide and conquer, no?

THX 1178's picture

I don't know how to feel about Alex Jones. He's one of a kind, but so what? He makes the sane among us look crazy. I believe in a banking cartel and govt. corruption ala fast and furious. But a one world currency? Fluoride? Chemtrails? IJDK.

pavman's picture

He makes the sane among us look crazy....But a one world currency? Fluoride? Chemtrails? IJDK.

That's because they've already gotten to you...

THX 1178's picture

I think Alex Jones has gotten to you.

john39's picture

if you are ok with fluoride in your water, you are not paying attention.

e_goldstein's picture

He makes the sane among us look crazy.

Pretty sure that's his purpose.

That, and sabotaging liberty candidates.

Freddie's picture

Idiots and ZOG supporters watch TV and Hollywood's crap.

Looks like a Fail by you.

Disenchanted's picture

"I’m a United States Senator. I’m not an Israeli senator" ~ Chuck Hagel


What about you Lindsay? You whiny little bitch.




JR's picture

The warmongering and the Zionist and Likud support for Romney is why he’s not appointing cabinet officials today.


Chupacabra-322's picture

The Banksters have hijacked the world's Goverments and Criminal Politicians through Intelligence Operations, blackmail, racketering, murder, drugs, espionage, human trafficing, PsyOp, Flase Flags and funding/arming of terror organizations which they claim to be protecting us from. 

 The stage is set for complete, total full spectrum World domination from The Global Elite. Understand the core reason these Criminals continue to rape, pillage and steal wealth is though Illusion/Cover. We are not THE UNITED STATES but we are The United States of America. It is not The Constitution of The United States, it is The Constitution For The United States of America. Notice the difference. Do you see the Cover/Illusion.

These Criminals have been hiding behind the Corportate version of The Constituiton. Get it? That's the Cover and the reason behind their Crimes Against Humanity and The American People. Ask yourselves, why CIA propaganda, misinfomation/disinfomation is so good? Because it works. And the Elite own the media and have it staffed with their CIA agents/Council of Foreign Relation stooges like Andersen Cooper and Dianne Sawyer. The PsyOp runs deep, very deep.

The American people can continue to stay divided and blame the puppets Obama/Bush. Like they have any say in the matter. Both parties are the same sides of the same coin, bought and paid for a long time ago by The Elite Orligarchs. These Criminals sold their souls long ago.

So, continue to follow their lies, cover stories and false narratives such as Osama Bin Laden. A convenient CIA funded and trained Operative, code name Tim Osman. Sorry, But I digress.

Divide and Conquer. That's the Elite's game.

Total Complete Full Spectrum World Domination.  Via The City of London. The financial location of The Banksters, which Wall Street is just an extension. They own the Military, Media and have put forth hundreds of years worth of planning to complete their goals of the aforementioned.

It began with The Fascist Patriot Act which morphed into The Military Commissions Act, John Warner Defense Act, NDAA, PD51, Torture, Illegal Wire Tapping etc..etc... You get the picture? We're dealing with pure Evil, which cannot be reasoned or negotiated with. Their goal was to break the sovereignty of The United States along with our good men and women of the Military while simultaneously ushering in their NWO protective force of Their Global Military/Police Force to protect their Corrupt system/Crimes Against Humanity. We're just their Debt Slaves. Divided and Conquered.

NotApplicable's picture

So... you're saying that Hagel's nomination is going to change everything, right? ;)

It's a sad day when a ZH thread is filled with people who hate puppets.


If you can make people ask the wrong questions...

CPL's picture

ascii a silly question,

get a silly ansi.

JR's picture

Your points are well made and well taken, Chupacabra.

It is the Declaration of Independence that is the most important document ever written and, ultimately, will be our salvation.

It was the blow by patriots against the centuries of monarchial tyranny over individual freedoms, and regardless of the failures and missteps taken by Americans since then, the American psyche identifies with this thirst and hope for freedom.

Ironically, the most errant steps of late have included the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagan, who disputes any authority of the Declaration of Independence, favoring not only legalese of the U.S. Constitution but prides to model herself with another country’s chief justice, Aharon Barak of Israel – a country that has no constitution.

Christian Roman law protected the Jews’ autonomy but it also ruled that they must “restrain their rites, keeping them this side of contempt for the Christian Law.”  The Church issued a decree in 439 that “proclaimed as ‘valid forever’ a statute that declared Jews ineligible to hold any civil office that included power to judge or to pronounce sentence against Christians.”

Elena Kagan is an example of what happens when foreign interests take precedent in law over American interests.

Surely, these developments are bringing Americans now face to face with the destiny Mr. Jefferson envisioned, a free country governed by the people. The Hagel nomination is important because it will put the struggle of representative government back to the front burner.

Of Hagel’s many positions, some of which can certainly bring disagreement, his most outstanding statements have been to face down the Israeli lobby in favor of support for his American constituents and to bravely oppose his own party after seeing the direction of a disastrous war.

Freddie's picture

Obama got 80+% of the Jewish vote.  His admin is Mo Bro Hood and the big temple in chicago.  

john39's picture

and yet you still buy the red herring about him being a muslim...  Jews are many things, but not dumb such to vote for a closet muslim.

smlbizman's picture

since this guy runs on cpt...i have time to go build a barn before he arrives

YuropeanImbecille's picture

First good thing Obama has ever done.

The joos are screaming murder! WHY NOT LET AMERICAN BOY DIE FOR OUR GOLD??? WHYYYY?

WhiteNight123129's picture

Please do not confuse sionists and jews. There are lot of Orthodox jews which are routinely beaten up by the sionists because they oppose this system, but no one would report when they demonstrate against the situation in Israel. The anti-semitic morons would not report on it nor would Ruppert Murdoch in fear people would question why some jewish orthodox would say the policy in Israel would only attract problems for the jewish community at large and that the sionist state should dismantled peaceful, both sides have no interset in reporting that. This is the biggest hoax of all, sionists have hijacked the jewish idenity and the jewish faith in the name of a giant country club network of sionists. Soros is wrongly put in teh same bag. He is just a brilliant speculator which will irremediably be leaning left because he grew up in Hungary during the nazi era.

So the sionists are going to be screeming bloody murder sure. But Rabbi Weiss is probably going to be relieved that a less aggressive position and more conciliatory position is adopted. The extremists always need each to sustain conflict. Extremists sionists have no interest in peace, nor extremists groups on the other side. If a good peacefull solution would be found they would be out of business!!!


IamtheREALmario's picture

Most Jews that I know are OK. The Kabalah(ists) on the other hand are the anti-jews and have too much power.

bchbum's picture

The real question is, who is the father?  

TruthInSunshine's picture

I was waiting for him to take a dig at arithmetic (aka "enemy of the state"), with a line something akin to:


"We all know that the current level of [massive & debt accretive] governmental spending [and an incredibly bloated public sector along with a mammary gland-dependent bank-defense-healthindustry-WallStreet complex that is suffocating the private sector] is not the problem, nor is the problem that which the [dreadfully inefficient] governmental spending is used to [fail to] accomplish or [unnecessarily] purchase, but that our low level of taxation is the source of our ailment. If we raised marginal tax rates on the relatively few net-net taxpayers who remain amongst us to 90%, we'd raise enough additional revenue to reduce the increase in the national debt by 1% to 3% over the next 20 years."

knukles's picture

Maybe crown himself whatever for life?
Real up close narcissistic personal....

I am on to you's picture

Thanks for the Laugh sir!

I see the first, African King of the Eumericas, passing my eyes!

ZerOhead's picture

Hagel is the new Sec Def.

Hagel is toast

The phone lines are burning up... AIPAC will not let this nomination stand.

Bets anyone?

Squid Vicious's picture

and the M.I.C. warmongers are pissed that he was 100% right about Iraq, can't have that...

NotApplicable's picture

Iraq? What's ancient history have to do with anything.

Is it really so hard for people to see that this is merely facade maintenance? He brings in an "anti-AIPAC" SecDef because it will provide cover for all of the "pro-AIPAC" activities to follow.

Without Hagel, Obummer would have to answer the charge that he is an "Israel First" leader. What he's done instead, is to cut the charge off in advance, while gearing up for full-scale war in support of Israel.

In other words, this was likely a Kissinger/Brzezinski move. The only people truly opposed to this selection either don't matter, or are playing the roles they believe to be their calling (in service of the facade).

Squid Vicious's picture

ok then put an "n" on the end, same story

Disenchanted's picture

I get what you're saying NA, but it's still fun watching the Israel firsters('neo-cons' and 'neo-libs' aka the War party) tie themselves in knots in explaining why Hagel is such a threat.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Veni Vidi Bibi? We drink now?

i8emallup's picture

I'll take your action. Dinner at place of loser's choice. Kosher if you prefer.

pods's picture

Poor Neo-Cons getting their panties in a wad cause someone called out the "Jewish Lobby."

Are they really trying to say that there isn't one?  

Technically there isn't one, but dozens.


NotApplicable's picture

C'mon pods, that's all just script talk. You know the top tiers own "both" sides.

pods's picture

Absolutely. It is funny how all the politicians scurry around and do damage control whenever someone says a word about our "ally" in the ME.

Like Pavlov dinged the bell.

Or maybe it was just the Megaphone sending a shock to their brains?


Freddie's picture

You are a dope.  He is owned by Israel and Saudi Arabia.  They are much closer than people realize.   China and Indonesia own a piece of him as well.

Oldwood's picture

Obama is owned by his own interests. Muslim, Jew or Christian matters not. He will align himself enough with the Jewish state to allow them to dig themselves a greater hole, just as he has done with bankers and the rich. This is about destabilization. Chaos. Some arguing he is a Muslim while others claiming he is in the pocket of Jews. This fit his agenda perfectly. Does anyone on this planet think he could not, over the period of several years, not come up with a bullet proof birth certificate? Why no college records or anything else? It is to keep everyone guessing and fighting about shit that doesn't matter. Just as with virtually everything else he has done, say like taxes, or debt ceilings and many others. Lots of noise, but going no place but down. Hagel is just another example. Ultimately he could have Ron Paul in that position and still pursue the exact same agenda. Everything is going Obama's way! And we are playing our part. Gun control, welfare, banks, mortgages. Constant skirmishes that accomplish little other than to divide.

Snakeeyes's picture

EVEERYTHING is personal to Obama. What an incredible narcisist.

azzhatter's picture

I can't believe you guys still watch this dick licking, smug, narcississtic prick. I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire-unless I could piss gasoline

djsmps's picture

Late as usual.


q99x2's picture

Maybe he'll commit suicide on camera.

camaro68ss's picture

FEMA camp for you with that kind of talk

magpie's picture

You misunderstood the turning japanese bit

knukles's picture

Mulatto Japanese Muslims...
Can we see a birth certificate?