This from Dr. Robin Gandhi regarding the story from the UNO event:
“I was honored to attend Secretary of Defense Hagel’s speech on Wednesday. I was able to ask a question, and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing his answer. Before I rose to ask a question, there was apparently some confusion that did not involve me.”
It would seem that Dr. Gandhi is saying that Hagel was not referring to him.
If that’s the case, fine. We haven’t heard that from the Hagel Pentagon peeps, but if Hagel was indeed directing his “humor” at someone else, and not Gandhi, great.
As there is no camera on the questioners, it is difficult to see who Hagel IS directing the joke at. He was directing it at someone, and we aren’t clear how Dr. Gandhi would know whether it was directed at him or not. But there you go.
In case you missed it, Secretary of Defense, and former Nebraska Senator, Chuck Hagel spoke at his alma mater, UNO, yesterday.
After expressing his desire to lessen America’s defense capability (more on that below), he took some questions from the audience.
See it here:
UNO Professor Robin A. Gandhi, Ph.D. stepped up and Hagel asked him:
“You’re not a member of the Taliban, are you?”
And then Hagel smirked.
You see, it’s funny because Gandhi has dark skin!
Of course, this jibes well with Hagel BBF Joe Biden’s view that all Indians work at the Kwik-E-Mart.
The Pentagon’s press flaks area already trying to spin this.
And we’ll be shocked if we don’t hear some sort of apology on this from Hagel asap.
BUT, we would just like to note that NONE of the local media, who were there, noted this in their stories.
AND we would note that if it were a Republican saying this — an actual Republican — Chris Matthews and the gang would be calling for his resignation.
We’ll wait to see what happens — or doesn’t happen — we guess…
And on that note of Hagel, even though he was welcomed like the Prodigal Son back to UNO, what was his proposal?
Well, that of backing President Obama’s plan to weaken America’s defense capabilities.
Because Russia is that much more stable?
Because there hasn’t been a proliferation of nukes in the MidEast and beyond?
Because if the US unilaterally disarms, everyone else will?
From the joint statement of Nebraska Senators Johanns and Fischer:
“The Cold War may be over, but we still face dangerous threats as rogue nations like Iran and North Korea work to develop nuclear arsenals.
A brief survey of the global stage makes clear the announcement to reduce one-third of our nuclear deterrent couldn’t come at a worse time.
Russia and China are continuing to modernize their nuclear forces while dangerous proliferation threats remain from North Korea and Iran.“
Well, it we’ve learned anything about the world stage, it’s that America’s enemies respect it much more when we back down.