Chuck Hagel

The GOP Likes Michèle Flournoy for the Wrong Reasons, But She's the Right Choice
December 26, 2012

Yes, the GOP is just pretending—but they're right. She's the better pick.

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.

Hawk Down
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.

Photo Of The Day, Hagel Edition
July 22, 2008

That's Jack Reed behind Obama on the left and Chuck Hagel on the right at a presser in Amman. Now, congressional delegations overseas (otherwise known as CODELs) often, if not usually, feature pols from both sides of the aisle. Still, to see Hagel posed right behind Obama like that, as his left-hand man, is striking. The two elder senators' orientation reminds me of those ubiquitous pictures of McCain flanked by Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP. --Eve Fairbanks

Broder: 'i'm Not Even Trying Anymore'

What was striking about David Broder's valentine to a third-party ticket of Michael Bloomberg and Chuck Hagel yesterday wasn't its sloppy equivalence between the parties, utter lack of any kind of policy rationale, or childish belief that a Bloomberg-Hagel run might really be in the offing. (Can't wait until we "find out.") No, what was striking was the extent to which he basically admitted that he knew his whole thesis was a joke: Bloomberg is, on the face of it, an implausible alternative.

Look Back in Anger
June 04, 2007

What distinguishes the politician from the political agitator is a lively concern for his own job security. Politicians sometimes say what they believe, but they don't usually say things that might jeopardize their political future. Until recently, Chuck Hagel was a consummate politician, and a successful one at that. He defeated a popular sitting governor in his first Senate race in 1996 and won reelection, in 2002, with 83 percent of the vote.

June 04, 2007

John Judis's excellent Chuck Hagel profile has a fascinating irony at the senator's expense. One of Hagel's biggest problems with the Bush administration is something the Nebraskan has said numerous times: "It's interesting to me that many of those who want to rush the country into war and think it would be so quick and easy don't know anything about war. They come at it from an intellectual perspective versus having sat in jungles or foxholes and watched their friends get their heads blown off.