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.
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.