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Monday, February 4, 2013

Hagel a wise Secretary of Defense for the 21st Century

As we all know, wisdom is in short supply in dysfunctional Washington. Wisdom results from having knowledge, and experience. Chuck Hagel has both, and as a result, Hagel has wisdom (and heart)--and would be a great Secretary of Defense--

Hagel Offers Endorsement of U.S. Military Might - NYTimes.com: "In an opening statement at his Senate confirmation hearing, Mr. Hagel presented a broad, forceful endorsement of American military power aimed at answering critics who say he would weaken the United States. He offered strong support for Israel, said he was fully committed to the president’s goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and said he would keep up pressure — through Special Operations forces and drones — on terrorist groups in Yemen, Somalia and North Africa. “I believe, and always have, that America must engage — not retreat — in the world,” Mr. Hagel told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. On Afghanistan, which Mr. Hagel called “the longest war, as we all know, in America’s history,” Mr. Hagel, a Republican and former senator from Nebraska, said he agreed with the president that there would only be two functions for the small number of American forces in Afghanistan after 2014: hunting down Al Qaeda and its affiliates and training and advising Afghan security forces."

Sounds like a "sound" person to be Secretary of Defense--so what's the problem? I think those who have a problem with Hagel, have a problem.


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