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  1. Ask the question who were his employers/clients since he left office. There you will find out his true political beliefs. Is he paid by Qatar, Iran, China to lobby or support their positions? No one bites the hand that feeds them.

  2. 1. Senator Hagel, you have said that you would talk to the Islamic Republic and Hezbollah, a regime and a terrorist organization responsible for the deaths of the American soldiers you may lead. You have never, however, outlined either the costs of such a dialogue or detailed the metrics by which you would judge its success. Can you do so? If/when Iran gets the bomb, how should the US proceed? Would you support the use of force against Iran by either Israel or the United States?

    The government of the United States of America talks to countries and organizations that have killed American soldiers now. It is has supported al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Libya and Syria and supports regimes that are not only a danger to their own people but to the United States of America as well.

    Do you still believe the Afghanistan “surge” was a mistake?

    Of course it was. There are no al Qaeda groups in Afghanistan now. Time to get out while the losses are manageable.

    …What outcome should the United States seek in Afghanistan?

    Let the Afghans determine the eventual outcome in Afghanistan. It is their country after all and they should make of it what they will.

    3. Among other sharp criticisms, you have said that, “I think the Pentagon needs to be pared down.” Yet the current Secretary of Defense and the White House have suggested that sequestration will be a calamity for our national security. How can you reconcile your demand for greater cuts and the rejection of those cuts by the incumbent?

    The incumbent is playing politics. The US cannot afford to spend around 50% of incoming tax revenues on the military and military related programs every year. That spending is a far greater threat to security than any other foreign nation or terrorist organization.

  3. Do you believe China is a threat to stability in the Pacific and its neighbors?

    No more that the US is a threat to stability in the Atlantic and its neighbours.

    A lot of your colleagues are worried about a growing pro-People’s Republic of China lobby? Do you believe that this lobby intimidates people in Washington to be more pro-China?

    Probably but likely not as much as the Israel Lobby. That is why government needs to shrink by a significant amount; politicians would not be in a position to hand out goodies to the people who try to bribe them.

    You have an A rating from the NRA–did they intimidate you? Or are you just pro-gun?

    The NRA is not pro-gun enough and is not as supportive of the Second Amendment as it should be.

    6. Given your opposition to military action in Iraq, the surge in Afghanistan, the operations in Libya, and any US role in Syria, what do you believe the role of the US military should be in the fight against al Qaeda and other violent Islamist groups? Drones and special forces only?

    A good place to start would be to stop giving al Qaeda weapons and money as the UK, NATO, and the US did in Libya.

    7. You, like President Obama, oppose any military action in Syria, including by NATO. What is the likelihood that the fall of the Assad regime will now lead to a government in Syria heavily influenced by Islamist extremists, including elements of Al Qaeda? Is that possibility more likely because the US outsourced the equipping of the Syrian rebels to Islamist governments? Do you see an analogy to the mistake the Clinton administration made in Bosnia twenty years ago?

    The major error Clinton made was going into Bosnia in the first place. The US should not be supporting the overthrow of secular regimes by Islamic terrorist groups by funding and arming those groups.

  4. China is only an economic competitor of ours because we allow it. We give them Most Favored Nation status while they manipulate their currency to strangle our economy. Moreover, they have embraced a pro-corporate mentality and have been extremely conservative on fiscal matters (ignoring the issue of human rights, which does not affect the economy). Meanwhile, we have embraced a mentality that makes business out to be the bad guy. In our political culture, success is a sin and failure a virtue.

    So long as these things remain true, we will lose competitively to China and any other nation that embraces capitalism as an economic policy. It’s sad that a communist government is more pro-business than the United States.

  5. chris green

    Omg….a TAD biased…and ridiculous. Honest discussions anyone?

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