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Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense

From Obstruction to Character Assassination: The Changing GOP Tactics

Richard Klass | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Richard Klass

The real problem the GOP neocons have with Hagel is that he does not buy their world view, the view that led us into Iraq and put that war and Afghanistan on a credit card.

Don't Haggle Over Hagel

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Chuck Hagel in all likelihood will serve as our next Secretary of Defense. The entire confirmation process, however, is guaranteed to be complicated. But it's important we remember that this is all just political theater.

The Case for Chuck Hagel Is Strong

Sean Kay | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Sean Kay

The opponents of Chuck Hagel's nomination as Secretary of Defense should give serious second thought before moving forward.

Memorable Hagel Statements Provide Fodder For Critics

Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics

By CONNIE CASS, The ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Chuck Hagel was blunt-spoken in the Senate, even when bucking fellow Republicans. Now opponents ...

Obama Sets Tone For Netanyahu Relations With Hagel Nomination

Reuters | Posted 03.09.2013 | World

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A senior Israeli diplomat has given a positive view of Chuck Hagel's nomination as U.S. ...

Joshua Hersh

Generals Who Revolted Over Iraq Mostly Embrace Hagel | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense elevates a man who made his reputation as an unabashed critic of the war...

5 Things Hagel Should Do For Gay Troops

Aaron Belkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aaron Belkin

It is too late for Hagel to undo the damage he caused to gay and lesbian people during his Senate career. But he now has an opportunity to make sure that the Pentagon keeps making progress on the route to full inclusion.

Instead Of Hagel, Consider Mabus For Secretary Of Defense

Brian Stone | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Brian Stone

The current Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, may be a candidate more pleasing to all sides. As far as gay-rights benchmarks, the Navy was the first branch of the U.S. Armed Forces to get behind the repeal of DADT, and Mabus kept the Marine Corps from dragging its feet.

President's Nomination of Hagel May Encourage Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

Independence may be a virtue for a Senator, but it is a vice when it presents conflicting messages at a time when it is imperative that the Iranian leadership understand that the Obama administration, indeed the United States as a whole, speaks with one voice.

Four Reasons Chuck Hagel Would Be a Good Secretary of Defense

William Hartung | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

Hagel has taken flak from neo-conservatives and other advocates of military overspending for rightly suggesting that the current Pentagon budget is "bloated" and can afford to be cut significantly beyond current plans.

Luke Johnson

GOP Senators In 2008: We Heart Hagel | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP senators are now vowing a tough fight against Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, but in 2008 several top Republicans offered ...

What Would Chuck Hagel Do to Combat the Invisible War Against Military Rape?

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We must insist that as Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel would meet with military rape survivors, describe a zero tolerance plan and show the world how the Obama administration will combat -- and win -- the invisible war against military rape.

Hagel Speaks Out On 'Astounding' Distortions

Lincoln Journal Star | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics

Chuck Hagel said Monday an accurate assessment of his record will demonstrate "unequivocal, total support for Israel" and endorsement of tough interna...

All the Reasons Why Everyone (Especially John McCain) Might Dislike Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel

Vanity Fair | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Vanity Fair

by Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair As promised: the Chuck Hagel dessert to the John Brennan Brussels sprouts. Today, alongside incoming C.I.A.-director nom...

Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Valerie Jarrett

Chuck Hagel is uniquely qualified to be Secretary of Defense. He is a decorated war hero who earned two purple hearts for his heroism in Vietnam. He knows the sacrifices that we ask our brave service members to make because he has made them himself.

Obama Nominates Hagel For Secretary Of Defense

Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

President Obama has nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Hagel, a moderate Republican, is a decorated Vietnam War veteran wh...

Blast From the Past: Why Chuck Hagel Is Such an Inspired Choice

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

When I think of issues like Iraq, of how we went into it -- no planning, no preparation, no sense of consequences, of where were going, how we were going to get out, went in without enough men, no exit strategy, those kinds of things -- I'll speak out. I'll go against my party." That was Chuck Hagel in 2006 -- just one instance among many of courageously and passionately speaking out against the White House's disastrous foreign policies. With President Obama expected to nominate Hagel for Secretary of Defense, here is a post I wrote in August 2006 that reminds us why Hagel is such an inspired choice.

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel And Obama Closely Align On Afghanistan Policy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama is reportedly set to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, as his secret...

Barney Frank Dials Back Chuck Hagel Criticism

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is softening his opposition to Chuck Hagel's likely nomination as Defense Secretary, saying he is wil...

Amanda Terkel

Gay GOP Group Goes After Chuck Hagel | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama is set to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as defense secretary, the Log Cabin Republicans have relea...

Conservative 'Troublemaker' Readies Plot For GOP Takeover

Politico | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

In the weeks since Election Day — as Mitt Romney faded into obscurity, John Boehner lost control of the House GOP and tea partiers turned on one ano...

Why Chuck Hagel Should Be Secretary of Defense

Rick Jacobs | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

I hope the Senate will take up Chuck Hagel's nomination immediately and that he will be confirmed without the usual Washington political games. We could do with a few more Chuck Hagels and many fewer ideological martinets. Approve him and move on.

Officials: Chuck Hagel Was a 'Gift From God' for the Israeli USO

Steve Clemons | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The bottom line: Chuck Hagel kept the facility open and expanded it when he was restructuring and shifting priorities inside the USO to keep it alive. If Hagel had had a deep anti-Israel bias, others would have seen it and reported it.

Dear Bill Kristol: More People Than You Thought Are Vulgar, Disgusting and Far-Left

Michael Moore | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Michael Moore

Bill, I see you're mad that back in 2007 former Sen. Chuck Hagel said that we were obviously "fighting for oil" in Iraq. You explain this was "vulgar and disgusting" and "could be the straw that breaks the back of Hagel's chances" to be Obama's next Defense Secretary.

LOOK: LGBT Military Group Issues Expectations Should Hagel Become Secretary Of Defense | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(WASHINGTON, DC) Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson issued the following statement today as multiple reports surfaced ...