Posted on Nov 24, 2014
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With the resignation of Chuck Hagel as the SECDEF, should President Obama recommend that another Republican take over the post?

If the POTUS does recommend a Republican, would it be for leverage to be used at a later date?
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SGT Kristin Wiley
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Political party does not matter and never will. It's about the individual who is going to act in the best interest of the United States, American citizens, and the United States Military.
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SGT Kristin Wiley , I agree that political party doesn't matter. However, what history tells us that it DOES matter to the sitting POTUS on many occasions. This "spoils system" has been around for more than 200 years now and isn't going away anytime soon.
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SGT Kristin Wiley
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SFC (Join to see) Yes, unfortunately we are all too aware of the 'acceptable' corruption within our government. Looking at both sides of the coin there are consequences and benefits to any choice. Preferably, I would say military members want an individual with prior military service, but ultimately the best candidate should be chosen. Any person in the government, elected or appointed, needs to have the best interests of this country and its people to be the best choice. When I say people, I don't mean doing what you think it best for them whether they like it or not, but doing what they people are asking for. We are a Democratic country, not an authoritarianism one.
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MSgt James Trent
MSgt James Trent
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I think you mistyped your sentence. "Political party does not matter and never will" It should have been "Political party should not matter but it always will" :)
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
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I would like to think that the President would nominate the best candidate for the job regardless of political affiliation.
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TSgt Joshua Copeland , I would too, but we have seen the "spoils system" of government amid nominative positions for 200 years. Often times, this system precludes having the most qualified.
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
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SFC (Join to see), With a Senate of the opposing party, nominating a vetted and qualified candidate (regardless of party) is the best way to get someone through the confirmation hearing as quickly as possible.
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SFC Mark Merino
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I would NOT want to be the one to walk into that "circle of trust." Even if you were the reincarnation of Hannibal, Patton, Rommel, and Wellington combined that would be a challenge. If they managed to pull it off and make peace in the Middle East, it would be because of someone else's "genius." Tango Mike, but no bueno.
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"Circle of Trust" Not sure if you can make a circle with only one guy.
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SMSgt Dr. G. A. Thomas
SMSgt Dr. G. A. Thomas
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That's like walking into a firing squad especially when facing fellow republicans who think you have changed your thought process and ideology. You will be thought of as even worse than those who were party affiliated...ask Sen Hagel!
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