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Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense

Disgracing Our Military

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

It is too late to merely educate service members about the impropriety of acting in so disgusting and (ironically) cowardly a manner. The culture of abuse has become too ingrained. This is obvious when one notes the reluctance to report incidents.

Cut Nukes Now

William Hartung | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

The Obama administration has a lot on its plate at the moment, from North Korea to gun control to immigration to ongoing budget battles with the Congress. But despite these challenges, it can and must vigorously pursue the president's stated goal of eliminating nuclear weapons.

U.S. Officials: NKorea 'Skating Close To A Dangerous Line'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.10.2013 | World

North Korea is "skating very close to a dangerous line" with its heated rhetoric and provocative actions, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told report...

Hagel: A Secretary of Defense Reforms?

Ben Freeman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Chuck Hagel came out swinging Wednesday in his first major address as Secretary of Defense, putting the bloated Pentagon on notice.

Of Hubris and Humility

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Humility is an act of strength, not a sign of weakness, because it reflects confidence in the future more than a fear enslaved by the past. Isn't that, after all, what America should be most about? And if humility was good enough for Jesus, as the Pope is helping us to remember, then shouldn't it also be good enough for us?

Molly O'Toole

Air Force Quietly Reassigns F-16 Pilot Convicted Of Sexual Assault | Molly O'Toole | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

The Air Force has quietly reassigned Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, an F-16 pilot convicted of aggravated sexual assault before a three-star general overtu...

Now Mr. President, Deploy!

Carl Pope | Posted 05.18.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

Companies like Daimler U.S. in Portland make natural gas trucks; ask them what they need to sell more and their answer is crisp: "pumps, pumps, and more pumps." Most truckers who want to save money by fueling with natural gas can't, because there are not CNG or LNG outlets on their routes.

Molly O'Toole

Senators Press Military Brass On Sexual Assaults, Justice System | Molly O'Toole | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senators will press top-ranking members of the military Wednesday on widespread sexual assault in the armed services, demanding action t...

Molly O'Toole

Why Did Air Force Commander Trash Sexual Assault Conviction? Senators Set To Grill Military Brass | Molly O'Toole | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

Top Pentagon officials are taking to Capitol Hill this week as controversy continues to grow over the case of a lieutenant colonel whose conviction fo...

The Dynamics of War

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Stanton Peele

When we reflect on the administrations and policies that led to these decade-and-longer wars with such ambiguous (at best) results, we note that, of course, George W. Bush forced the Iraq War down our throats, while current President Barack Obama objected.

Hope and Change Rise From the Ashes of Sandy Hook

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Thank goodness, the President is done turning himself into a human pretzel, and for this we must rejoice. You just can't compromise with folks that hate you and all that you stand for.

Chuck Hagel Confirmation May Incur God's Wrath, Group Claims

Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

A conservative Christian lobbying group has claimed that the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense may incur God's judgment. Hagel w...

Republicans Take the Higher Ground With a Vote on Hagel

Richard Grenell | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Richard Grenell

I'm sure the media won't report on the conciliatory move by Senate Republicans to give President Obama an up or down vote on his Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel.

Hagel's First Day

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Secretary Hagel and the Senate's Massive Waste of Time

William Bradley | Posted 04.29.2013 | World
William Bradley

Consider what the Senate, which once dubbed itself "the world's greatest deliberative body," and a news media, which has greater access to information than at any time in history, didn't deal with just in the last few days of the anti-Hagel filibuster.

Hagel: America Must Not 'Dictate' To The World

Reuters | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

(Fixes slug) By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel was sworn in as U.S. ...

How Opposition Should Behave: After Chuck Hagel and John Bolton

Steve Clemons | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Steve Clemons

After a battle it's important to show respect to those who were on the other side. They have different priorities. They see the world differently -- and it's important to understand that and salute their own magnanimity after this sort of skirmish.

Joshua Hersh

Chucky's Revenge: Hagel's Confirmation Battle Wounds Could Linger At Pentagon | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If there's one thing Tom Korologos has learned in four decades of advising officials through sometimes bruising confirmation battles, it...

Luke Johnson

FINALLY! Hagel Confirmed | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate confirmed former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense by a 58 to 41 vote Tues...

Hagel Enters Pentagon Stronger After Confirmation Vote

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Politically, the faux fight over Hagel's nomination has dramatically shown a Republican Party in complete disarray, in the midst of their own civil war. On one hand, there are some Republican senators who, today, put the nation above politics and refused to engage in sliming a great American veteran. On the other hand, there is an increasingly shrill fringe right who, in conjunction with the same neoconservatives who led us into Iraq, continue to show that they will put anything -- even American security -- below their own self-aggrandizement and continued campaign to oppose anything the Obama administration says or does.

For Israel's sake, Obama needs his security team

Joel Rubin | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

It's time to end the uncertainty for both the United States and Israel and to get our country's national security team -- especially his choice for secretary of defense -- in place. The president's crucial visit to help Israel during these difficult times deserves no less.

On the Failure of the Iranian Sanctions

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 02.22.2013 | World
Steve H. Hanke

While the collective punishment delivered by the sanctions has been devastating, it has ultimately failed to deter the Iranian regime from developing nuclear capacity. Instead, it has generated a great deal of resentment.

The Hailstorm Around Hagel Points Up the System's Dysfunctionality

William Bradley | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
William Bradley

The hailstorm of controversy around Republican Senator Chuck Hagel became a different sort of hysterical this week with the revelation that one of the most sensational charges against the apostate Iraq War backer began as a thoroughly misunderstood joke.

Jason Linkins

John Cornyn Politely Asks Barack Obama To Join The Anti-Hagel Brigade | Jason Linkins | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

Here's where the Senate left the matter of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense: Last week, Senate Republicans ...

The New Drone Medal and Why Troops Need Hagel

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Though the issue of drones is raging hot and heavy, I personally don't have an issue with the medal itself. What I do have an issue with is this: The new medal ranks above the Purple Heart. I cannot imagine that, had Hagel been secretary of defense, he would have approved.