Rep. Loretta Sanchez, A Future Secretary of Defense?

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Is Sanchez getting her Pentagon papers ready?
What do Robert McNamara, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta have in common with Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez?

Almost nothing, but just wait.

It's highly unlikely that President Barack Obama would ever name Sanchez to be a Secretary of Defense in his administration--particularly after the Anaheim Democrat repeatedly snubbed him during the 2008 campaign primaries for her BFF, the ex-First Lady and--don't choke, dear conservatives--possible next leader of the free world.

But skip ahead four years when President Hillary Rodham Clinton is considering her White House cabinet appointments and decides that Sanchez could handle the weighty job overseeing the Pentagon.

Don't laugh.

In an era of notable firsts, there's never been a Latina Democrat in the job, and Sanchez's resume continues to strengthen.

Ranking House Democrat Nancy Pelosi today formally appointed Sanchez to an important congressional conference committee that will negotiate the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act with members of the U.S. Senate.

"I'll strive to set and maintain policies for the Department of Defense that keep our country safe and our military strong without spending unnecessary tax dollars," Sanchez said in a press statement.

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Don Rumsfeld: Nooooooooo!

The congresswoman, who has crushed a series of GOP congressional seat challengers, isn't new to defense issues. She serves as a ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, as a senior member of the Committee on Homeland Security and--despite Orange County Republican claims that she's a mental lightweight while hilariously proclaiming nutty Dana Rohrabacher is intellectual--has proven herself capable of influencing military brass.

For example, Sanchez has helped force military officials to amend antiquated rules that protected rapist male soldiers from accountability, and she plans to use her new position on the conference committee to continue to demand changes with three related legislative amendments.

"I look forward to strongly advocating in conference for language protecting our service members from sexual assault within their own ranks," said Sanchez, who also wants to end the Pentagon's ban on female soldiers formally serving in combat. "Regardless of gender, I want our best and brightest soldiers to serve."

If you think Secretary of Defense Sanchez is an impossibility, consider that George W. Bush did the unspeakable. Bush appointed Newport Beach Republican Congressman Christopher Cox, a vocal opponent of meaningful financial institution regulation, to be the nation's top financial regulator as head the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Of course, with Cox at the wheel of the SEC, the nation's financial markets collapsed to historic proportions and, five years later, haven't fully recovered.

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18usc241 topcommenter

Update: Someone bumped into the rear of my wife's vehicle today at Harbor and West Wilken Way. 

Since my request for assistance to Loretta Sanchez and the Los Angeles division of the FBI

1. Anaheim/Garden Grove/Orange County Sheriffs / CHP continue to harass and intimidate

2. My wife's vehicle was vandalized on the same day or the next day after the Anaheim PD gang unit dirty look stare down in front of the Anaheim Library 

3. A Long Beach white female police officer threw her vehicle in front of my wife's vehicle (with no siren activated) on the day we were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. Remember , we rarely see police near me when we are out and about on the road. Think I'm crazy. Then ask my wife. Oh she's crazy too. Good luck in court with that.

4. Some Hispanic male has been stalking my wife in several parking locations in OC

4. And today's quasi fender bender 

And this is just the last 5 months. 

I would accuse this law enforcement community of being the Bernard Madoff''s of US law enforcement but I would have to apologize to Bernie. At least he never tried to kill one of his victims. 

18usc241 topcommenter

Maybe she can practice defending the 311,591,917 people in the country by defending me and my Colombian immigrant wife first. 


If her attention ever turns away from sexual assault , to the many other priorities confronting defense policy, do you think ANY effort will be spent on fixing the "say-so" indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA?  Folks who study the Constitution more than I do, seem to think it violates our freedom as guaranteed by that document.

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