White House to some members of Congress: Expect Hagel nomination
Chuck Hagel represented Nebraska in the U.S. Senate from 1997 until January 3, 2009, when he retired.
January 4th, 2013
05:31 PM ET

White House to some members of Congress: Expect Hagel nomination

A Republican and former U.S. Senator from Nebraska is expected to be nominated for secretary of defense, sources tell CNN.

The White House has told some senior members of Congress to expect President Obama to nominate Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, according to a knowledgeable source. Another source with knowledge of the nomination called it "locked down."

The timing is uncertain, but other sources have told CNN it could come early next week.

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  1. hamptonhistory


    Hagel was excellent in his balanced criticism of the Iraq War, when it was brave to do so. He's been open to making cuts in the $1T/yr "defense" budget, unlike all other Republicans and most Democrats. Like Kerry, Hagel is an excellent choice and will be part of the successful legacy of Obama nominations. Let the shrill neo-con traitors scream all they want.


    January 4, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john2397

    Looks like, Obama is showing his strength to his opponents and basically to the Israeli lobbies around the globe. Hope, he will succeed and place his name in the great, daring and mightiest American President. If he will bogged down, during the process, he will be considered as the timid President, Who has no guts to stand-up to the Israeli puppets in the Congress and Senate.

    January 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    hagel! bagel! what's the difference?

    January 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      An "H".

      January 4, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. the prophet

    Same rhetoric, people accept the communist turning Government. About this for news Los Zetas de Mexico members are actors in the novella and even financing it too. Who cares an told!!!

    January 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the prophet


    January 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Neo cons,party of war and Israel is dead set against Hagel's nomination. Assessing him to be not enough pro-Israel. A lot of pressure is being exerted to thwart his nomination.
    I just hope Pr.Obama acts re-elected.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    OnLy in the eYeS of the BeHoLdEr!

    January 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    If this happens then it will be a feather in Obama's hat.
    Neo cons, party of war & Tel Aviv are dead set against his nomination.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Hagel is assessed to be not enough pro-Israel. And thats what matters in all that goes on in Washington.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    Not me above

    January 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    "He is not enough pro-Israel" is the chant.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    further comments are blocked. You can guess why.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    I signed off on a petition today to the White House by Jewish Voice for Peace. Asking the president to stand up to pressure from Tel Aviv & its lobbies here and to nominate Hagel.

    January 4, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ saywhat, you know our prez is GONNA do the right thing for our country! 😉 Thats what ticks the GOP off most i think, cuz as hard as they try they really cant find one darn thing in his past that makes him look less than noble!

    January 5, 2013 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. terry

    whoever gets the job needs to be able to pronounce one word the Pentagon for all their new toys.... NO! People over weapons. We spend more on military than the next 14 big spending countries COMBINED!!!! And children go to bed HUNGRY in this country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 5, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
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