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.
Can Chuck Hagel Cure the Military's Health Care Problem?
January 09, 2013
One of the military's biggest threats is from within: its soaring health care costs.
"Borking" Hagel? Just What the Founding Fathers Would Have Wanted
January 09, 2013
Cabinet appointments were meant to be clashes between the branches of government.
It's About Time That an Enlisted Man Ran the Military
January 08, 2013
As a writer of fiction, and a fellow veteran of the Vietnam War, I can't help but appreciate the deep symbolic meaning of President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Hagel will undoubtedly have an impact on the policies of the Pentagon if his nomination is confirmed by the Senate.
Hagel, the Enemy of Liberals' Enemies, Shouldn't be Their Friend
December 30, 2012
Too many liberals admire Chuck Hagel because his detractors include Bush administration types. They shouldn't.
Liberals Shouldn't Fear Chuck Hagel's Environmental Record
December 24, 2012
Former Senator Chuck Hagel served in the Senate as a Republican, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise this week: Most of the attacks on his potential nomination as Secretary of Defense have come from conservatives troubled by his realist foreign policy views and past statements on Israel. This has led some liberals to rush to his defense. “He wanted the United States to exert influence internationally, but by working with other countries,” John Judis wrote. But Hagel’s belief in international cooperation had its limits.
Don't Let Chuck Hagel's Hardline Israel Critics Sink His Nomination
December 18, 2012
The former Republican senator deserves a fair shot to become the next Secretary of Defense.
The Cabinet Of The Damned
February 08, 2010
Steve Clemons, with whom I worked at the New America Foundation in 1999, has some advice for President Obama: Set up a Team B with diverse political and national security observers like Tom Daschle, John Podesta, Brent Scowcroft, Arianna Huffington, Fareed Zakaria, Katrina vanden Heuvel, John Harris, James Fallows, Chuck Hagel, Strobe Talbott, James Baker, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and others to give you a no-nonsense picture of what is going on. That seems, ah, problematic. The only two people who could actually be useful here, Daschle and Podesta, already sit in the outer-advice circle.
September 24, 2009
With the 2008 presidential campaign in full swing two summers ago, Joe Biden, then making his own bid for the White House, ridiculed Barack Obama on a momentous issue: Afghanistan. The occasion was an August 2007 speech by Obama outlining his plans to fight Al Qaeda, which included sending an influx of American troops and aid to the country. Later that day, Biden issued a snarky press release gloating about his own extensive record of pushing similar policies, and which cast Obama as a naïve newcomer.