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Tuesday, 08 January 2013

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Mannie Sherberg
Gibbon said -- in the "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" -- that "corruption is the most infallible symptom of constitutional liberty." If he was right (and he probably was; liberal democracies do breed huge amounts of corruption) then, as cynical as it may sound, escapades like the one Hagel may have been guilty of are the price we pay for being free people in a democratic country. I'm convinced, though, that -- with or without any hanky-panky -- Hagel would have gotten the nomination because he so perfectly reflects Obama's views on the Middle East. Those of us who years ago spotted Obama for a liar have known for a long time that his pledges to "make sure" Iran never gets a nuclear bomb were nothing more than political hokum. He's always intended for Iran to get its bomb and, now that he's in his second term, he can proceed with impunity. Having a pliable Hagel in the Cabinet will only make things easier. The American people have been snookered again. The problem here isn't corruption; the problem here is a gullible, under-educated, and misinformed electorate.

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