Kansas Republicans Block Republican from Leading U.S. Army

While the United States is amid wars on multiple fronts, Kansas' two Republican Senators have irresponsibly placed a hold on President Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Army, Republican Congressman John McHugh.

Concerned that their state could become the home for some Guantánamo Bay detainees, Kansas' two Republican senators have placed a hold on the nomination of Rep. John M. McHugh as Army secretary. That means a litte more time as candidates in waiting for the people gearing up to run for McHugh's seat in an upstate New York district.

Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback are seeking answers from the Obama administration about the possible moves of some detainees to the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

But that's not all:

Roberts and Brownback have also blocked Senate consideration of the Deputy Secretary of the Army, for the same reason. In both cases, the senators concede the nominees deserve consideration, but will have to wait until they're satisfied with an unrelated question. (Reminder: there are already terrorists being detained in Kansas, whether Roberts and Brownback realize it or not.)

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is reportedly "furious" with the far-right Republican senators who've blocked progress on the nomination. He's apparently under the impression that the Army needs leaders in their offices in the midst of two wars. Imagine that.

I wonder if anyone in the Kansas or D.C. media will ask Kansas' two Republican Senate candidates, Reps. Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran, whether or not they support the hold, preventing Army leadership from being in place during this time of war.  Oh, and if this is President Obama's thanks for appointing Republicans to leadership roles, those cries from Republicans seeking bipartisanship will continue to ring hollow.

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Tags: Jerry Moran, John McHugh, KS-Sen, pat roberts, republican obstruction, Sam Brownback, Secretary of the Army, Todd Tiahrt (all tags)

Comments

3 Comments

Those f-bucket A-holes

Hell, if Dick Cheney told them, look, we just have to send a couple thousand more young poor kids off to die for nothing, they would have been licking his ankles, like the good lap-dogs they are.

Cancer, these old white conservative religious fakes are a cancer in the body politic.

by WashStateBlue 2009-08-10 04:07PM | 0 recs
Fucking Despicable

Way to "Support the Troops".  I love to slap them around with their yellow car magnets.

by NavyBlueWife 2009-08-10 05:59PM | 0 recs
From what I hear

there are two factors in this.

1.) DADT...fear that McHugh will be able to influence moderate Republicans like Collins, Snowe, Voinovich, Murkowski to support it...he's supposedly really close to Judd Gregg too.

2.) The NY-23 race in which the GOP nominated a liberal and the conservatives nominated their own guy and the Democrats nominated an Independent giving them a strong upper hand to win a 258th House seat and make the GOP continue to look bad.

by DTOzone 2009-08-10 06:22PM | 0 recs

Diaries

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