Florida senator Marco Rubio grills Secretary of State nominee John Kerry on a wide variety of global conflicts and relationships. During his questioning, Rubio mentions Russia, North Korea, Syria, China, Libya, and a laundry list of other nations.
What I hope you would help me with, because in your testimony you alluded to President Obama’s vision for the world. And in the two years I’ve been here, I’ve struggled to fully understand what that vision is. If you go through the different countries, Russia’s been mentioned. You know the situation there has deteriorated as Russia, and its leadership, have made the decision that they want to recapture some of the Cold War stature that they had. And the best way to do that is to be confrontational with us.Rubio continues to outline his concerns:
We move over to the Middle East, where Israel quite frankly has been concerned. Whether they admit it publicly or not, that for many, for the early years administration, they were more focused on the Palestinian question as the biggest issue in the Middle East. When in fact, the biggest issue in the Middle East is that Iran wants a nuclear weapon so they can attack Israel, and potentially other nations. We’ve talked about Iran. In 2009, the people of Iran took to the streets, in defense of the principals that we say we stand for, and the President of the United States says ‘We are not going to interfere in their sovereignty’. That totally demoralized the opposition.
Watch the entire testimony in the video above.
Here is video of NBC News’ Chuck Todd on “Today” this morning where he said as many as ten Democratic U.S. Senators could vote against President Obama’s nominee to be the next Secretary of Defense – former Sen. Chuck Hagel. Todd also reported that Obama will nominate John Brennan to become CIA Director.
Here is video of Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” yesterday, where he bluntly said “I cannot vote for Chuck Hagel” to be U.S. Secretary of Defense. Hagel is widely believed to be the person President Obama will nominate to take the helm at the Pentagon when Leon Panetta soon leaves the post.
Only in a Barack Obama Administration. I wonder if they’ll ask Jane Fonda and William Ayers to testify for Kerry at his confirmation hearing.
WASHINGTON POST: President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus. Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with the transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. . . . Read More
John Kerry for defense secretary. Maybe we can get a Treasury Secretary who threw the mint’s plates away in disgust.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 13, 2012
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld gets into a heated exchange with Al Jazeera’s Abderrahim Foukara during an interview for the network.
H/t: Fox Nation
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says, “The vast majority, if not nearly all, of civilian casualties have been inflicted by Gadhafi.” Gates said Gadhafi’s claims of civilian casualties should not be taken at face value, and as far as he’s concerned they are “outright lies.”
Here is video of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld being interviewed by ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer.
All through the interview, Sawyer is clearly trying to get Rumsfeld to say the Iraq War was a mistake, and that his decisions had “cost lives.” She came at him multiple times, in various ways with those two questions. Rumsfeld firmly held to the view that you cannot go back and second-guess decisions made at an earlier time based on information you did not have then.
At the end of the interview, Sawyer even tried to conflate Rumsfeld and Iraq/Afghanistan with former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and the Vietnam War. McNamara became a darling of the Left in his later years because he said the Vietnam War was wrong and second-guessed himself and the United States on virtually everything that was done. Sawyer even read a quote from McNamara to Rumsefeld, obviously hoping he would say the Iraq War was a mistake and that he was wrong.
Rumsfeld instead said “that’s not the case with Iraq.” He held firmly to the view that the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein, and that Al-Qaeda and the Taliban had to be driven from Afghanistan.
This interview is a perfect example of how the liberal media is really not interested in what someone like Rumsfeld has to say. Sawyer was not asking about what he wrote in his new book. She came to the interview with an agenda, with some things she hoped to get Rumsfeld to say. It’s not the facts she was after. It was a narrative she had already created prior to the interview she hope to get Rumsfeld to agree with in his statements. She did not succeed.