Washington's Going to War ... And Chuck Hagel's in Brunei
August 29, 2013
An intervention in Syria is expected to take over American airwaves any day now, but here on the sun-baked coast of Borneo, all there is to see are the choreographed pleasantries of small-bore diplomacy. Ten American reporters have accompanied U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to the tiny nation of Brunei (anthem: “God Bless the Sultan”), where he is attending a conference of Southeast Asian defense officials, even while back at the Pentagon the wheels of the war machine he commands are beginning to grind in earnest.
The Pulitzers Honor a Smear Artist
April 24, 2013
Bret Stephens played the anti-Semitism card against Chuck Hagel—and is rewarded for it.
March 25, 2013
The long, confused history of warriors as policymakers.
Why Did Democrats Give Jack Lew a Pass?
February 28, 2013
His record from the past decade includes plenty of markings that should have given Democrats pause.
Chuck Hagel's Think Tank, Its Donors, and Intellectual Independence
February 12, 2013
In response to demands from Senate Republicans, the think tank led by Chuck Hagel has released a list of its foreign donors, along with assertions about its intellectual independence from all of its funders. But like most other Beltway think tanks, the ties between scholarship and money are a lot closer than meets the eye.
February 01, 2013
Obama's Defense pick barely survives his Senate grilling by John McCain and Ted Cruz.
Welcome to the Era of the Light Footprint
January 29, 2013
Barack Obama's foreign policy: "light footprint," lightweight thinking.
Is the Emergency Committee for Israel on a Losing Streak?
January 16, 2013
Schumer's support for Hagel seems like another setback for the pro-Israel lobby. Or is it?
The Washington Post's Confused Anti-Hagel Crusade
January 11, 2013
WaPo's editorial board has given two completely opposite reasons for disliking Hagel.
When Barack Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense, I assume that he knew what he was getting into. The debate over Hagel’s nomination won’t be about whether he is qualified to run the Pentagon and to negotiate budgets with Congress, but about Hagel’s views on Israel and Iran. Initially, some of Hagel’s critics charged that he was an anti-Semite. But these charges rightfully met with derision.