The Obama administration is expert at creating diversions to take heat off more important issues for which they should be made to answer. Benghazi is slipping out of the public's memory or concern. The fact the fiscal negotiations resulted in higher taxes and no real spending cuts is pushed to another showdown a few months away which Obama has already said he will not participate in.
The nomination of Chuck Hagel to the Department of Defense is the latest diversion, and it's what the Morning Joe crew discussed this morning. The Left can't understand why McCain, who once praised Hagel, is now questioning him. The Left criticizes neocons for saying they will block the Hagel nomination. There are voices on the left, though, who are criticizing the Hagel nomination, but it's the Right's backlash which is condemned in the MSM. All the fuss is a distraction, because Hagel will do what Obama wants done. Some are pretending that Hagel is a non-interventionist, and that Obama can finally end the Afghanistan War like he has wanted to, and that Obama can now move America away from militarism/interventionism.
I haven't seen any evidence that Hagel or Obama are non-interventionists. Obama voted against the Iraq War, but his history of interventions over the past 4 years shows that it was the Iraq War only that he opposed, not the doctrine of interventionism. Hagel voted for the Iraq War, then he turned against it when public opinion changed and it looked like the war might fall apart. Hagel is an ambitious politician who wants to show statesman like qualities by going against the Republican Party on issues that are easy to go against. I haven't heard or read Hagel criticize Obama on his drone policy, or criticize Obama for insane actions in Afghanistan as the soldiers we train there continue to turn on our soldiers. Hagel is no objective hero, he just shifts with the political winds.
It doesn't matter if Hagel becomes Secretary of Defense -- actually, the more troublesome nomination is Brennan as head of the super-secretive CIA. Hagel will be an Obama-puppet. What matters is putting pressure on government to control the military/industrial policy and to develope a sane foreign policy, especially as it relates to the mideast. The sooner we leave the mideast, the better off America will be. With all the money we're wasting in the mideast, and on military bases protecting countries that should protect themselves, we can build defense systems superior to anything ever imagined, and we'd have enough left over to put back in the private sector so that real productive jobs are created.