Schumer, Boxer Get Behind Hagel Nomination, Cite His ‘Sensitivity and Understanding’ of Gay Military Issues



  1. antb says

    The President deserves to have his Cabinet choices confirmed, and Hagel is a good pick who will resist the push from the Chickenhawk wing of the GOP to take us into further pointless wars of choice. So actually Jay, yeah, nice.

  2. andrew says

    I think the backing of Schumer and Boxer, both Jewish and pro LGBT equality, pretty much guarantees Hagel’s approval by the Senate. I certainly hope so.

  3. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    While I thought Sen. Hagels’ earlier public comments on G/L issues troubling, I’m heartened by the example of Marine Corps Commandant Amos. Gen. Amos’ pre-appeal stance was rather rigid on DADT, Gen. Amos’ downright-aggressive support of a post-DADT integration and acceptance within the Corps have been impressive.

    I’m willing to give Sen. Hagel a hearing to see if he’s made a similar evolution.

  4. TampaZeke says

    The repeal of DADT is a done deal. Of course he now supports it. It is no long hurting gay and lesbian service members. The question that he SHOULD have been asked is if he supports the repeal of DOMA which is STILL hurting gay and lesbian troops.

    Part of the problem in this country is that people don’t ask the right QUESTIONS!

  5. Matt says

    As long as he fights to prevent Akin’s amendment from going buck wild, he’s got my support.

  6. says

    @ TampaZeke: I support asking Hagel’s position on DOMA, but the REAL unasked question isn’t TO HIM at all. And that is: WHY—for nearly TWO YEARS—the President/Commander-in-Chief has REFUSED to order ANY of his Secretaries of Defense to extend the multiple benefits to gay military couples NOT banned by DOMA? A second one is WHY he has also REFUSED for nearly two years to issue an order banning discrimination against LGB service members given the Pentagon has REFUSED to include them in the protections against harassment and discrimination of the Military Equal Opportunity automatically guaranteed to nongay service members on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, and religious or political affiliation? Pie-in-the-sky promises by his latest nominee are MEANINGLESS as Hagel can/will do nothing without the President’s approval.So WHY isn’t SLDN, HRC, et al. DEMANDING the President to order SITTING Secretary of Defense Leno Panetta to do these things NOW???? “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” – former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass.

  7. says

    @ Ted B: you simply don’t know what you’re talking about. In NO WAY has Marine Commandant Amos displayed downright-aggressive support of a post-DADT integration and acceptance in the Corps! He’s simply paid lip service to FOLLOWING ORDERS while REFUSING to apologize for trying to torpedo repeal by claiming Marines could be maimed or even killed if it happened.

  8. andrew says

    There is so much that I like about Chuck Hagel. He is a wounded warrior who as a result of his military service in Vietnam came to hate war. He believes along with Obama and Kerry that military interventions should be used only as a last resort. He is the antidote to the “chicken hawk” Neocon Republicans who just love wars, as long as they don’t have to do the actual fighting. As a veteran enlisted man, I love the fact that he will be the first former enlisted man to serve as Sec of Defense. I think the foreign policy team of Obama-Kerry-Hagel will serve our country well.