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Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense

Did Hagel's Nomination Make The Sequester A Fait Accompli?

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

My interview with Yuval Levin is up on the site this morning. Levin, a policy expert, influential conservative writer, and an ally of Paul Ryan, says ...

Chuck Hagel: Obama's Hatchet Man?

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The defense budget should be cut. But when it comes to taking on the defense establishment, President Obama has been timid. He needs someone to take the lead for him, a decorated military veteran with perspective. Chuck Hagel fits the bill to be Obama's hatchet man.

Bruised Hagel Emerges With Solid Support

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday dismissed criticism of Chuck Hagel's hesitant congressional testimony and insisted that it expects the Se...

The Ordeal of Chuck Hagel

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Stephen Schlesinger

Hagel's opponents are trying to accomplish through these hearings and through their rants against Mr. Hagel what they could not accomplish through the presidential election -- to devalue Mr. Obama and his posture on foreign policy.

Sen. Udall: I'm 'Strongly Inclined' To Support Hagel Nomination

Posted 01.31.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Senator Mark Udall told HuffPost Live Thursday that he is inching closer to supporting Senator Chuck Hagel's nomination for Secretary of Defense. U...

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel Deflects The Questions | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

In the morning session of his confirmation hearing for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel struck a largely conciliatory tone, deflecting the most confr...

PHOTO: Chuck Hagel Is Grumpy Cat?

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

Today is Chuck Hagel's Senate confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of defense, and things got heated at times. Who could blame him for lookin...

GOP Farce at Hagel Hearings

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

All the money spent by the Sheldon Adelsons of the world, to sink this nomination, is a colossal waste. Chuck Hagel will be confirmed, and neoconservative influence over our military policy will finally, and thankfully, be dead.

Rubio To Reject Hagel Over 'Big, Big Problems'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) won't vote to confirm former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as the next secretary of defense, he announced on Thursday. Speaki...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Hagel And McCain Have Testy Exchange Over Iraq Surge | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate over the Iraq War was reignited on Thursday when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took on Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel for...

The Hagel Hearings

Nick Turse | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Nick Turse

You can be sure: Hagel's military service in Vietnam will be mentioned -- and praised. You can also be sure of this: no senator will ask Hagel about his presence during the machine-gunning of an orphanage in Vietnam's Mekong Delta or the lessons he might have drawn from that incident.

Obama Nominee Facing Tough Questions

Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Republican Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary, is facing GOP...

Hagel Means a Realist America

Tom Switzer | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Tom Switzer

The fight over his confirmation as defense secretary has obscured the philosophical meaning of his nomination: President Obama's attempt to define a new U.S. world role that reflects America's changed circumstances and more limited resources.

Hagel Would Break Ground At Pentagon With Anti-Nuke Stance

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Chuck Hagel, the likely next secretary of defense, would be the first to enter the Pentagon having publicly advocated for sharply r...

Amanda Terkel

Anti-Hagel Groups Spend More Than $100,000 On Opposition Ads | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Groups trying to stop Chuck Hagel from becoming the next Defense Secretary have spent $123,000 on television ads against the Republican ...

Democrats and Defense

Gary Hart | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

When will Democrats rightly claim to be the most knowledgeable, thoughtful, experienced, imaginative leaders on defense of our nation?

Chuck Hagel Supports Gay Rights? Too Little, Too Late

Brian Stone | Posted 03.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

As a gay man who had to live under the oppressive "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) policy, I'm shocked that Hagel didn't support DADT repeal sooner. I'm also shocked that he didn't even make a public statement of support for DADT repeal. Instead, he wrote a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Chuck Hagel's Military Service: A Target Once Again

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

I have consistently defended Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense, against allegations that he is "anti-Semitic," against attacks for his lack of appetite for "elective" wars, etc.

Dem Bolsters Chuck Hagel's Nuke Policy Credentials

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

Former Democratic Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher is particularly well-suited to talk about defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, the former Republican ...

Amanda Terkel

Gay Rights Group Forms Opposing Chuck Hagel | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new group made up mostly of Democrats and independents has formed to pressure defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on LGBT and other ...

Hagel Pick Tests Power Of Senate's Resistance To Obama

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In the middle of a bitter fight over a Republican president's nominee for defense secretary, a former White House occupant pleaded ...

Kerry, Hagel -- Sharing Vietnam's Lessons and Legacies

Lanny Davis | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Lanny Davis

John Kerry's and Chuck Hagel's service in Vietnam in the late 1960s suggests three common lessons and legacies from that tragic war that are likely to influence their policy recommendations to the president for whom they work.

Senator Signals Openness To Supporting Hagel

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

BOSTON — Maine Sen. Angus King said Thursday that he sees no strong reason to oppose President Barack Obama's pick for secretary of defense. Th...

Don't Let the Neocons Punish Chuck Hagel for Pointing Up Their Failures

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

What this attack on Hagel is really about is an effort to get even with him, a former Republican Senator, for disavowing the war on Iraq and the Republican Party's movement to the far right on a number of issues.

The Neocons vs. Chuck Hagel

Robert Reich | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

If the neocons in the GOP who brought us the Iraqi war and conjured up "weapons of mass destruction" to justify it are against Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary, Hagel gets bonus points in my book.