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Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense

Six Years Ago, Chuck Hagel Told the Truth About Iraq

Michael Moore | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics
Michael Moore

You might have seen that on Monday President Obama will likely nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. But what you probably haven't seen -- because everyone has forgotten -- is that back in 2007, Hagel went totally crazy and told the truth about our invasion of Iraq.

Nominating Hagel Will Send a Message to Netanyahu

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.06.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

There is only one way to send a message to Israel that will be heard: it will be by nominating Hagel. It is Israel and the lobby that created the Hagel issue. Why not use it to America's advantage? And Israel's too.

Why Chuck Hagel's Gay Problem Is Getting Worse

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) has a problem if his goal is to quell criticism for his anti-gay past. He scored a zero on the Human Rights Campaign's Senate scorecard between 2001 and 2006 and opposed allowing gays to serve openly in the military. Am I missing something here?

Will Chuck Hagel Apologize For His Anti-Gay Voting Record?

Wayne Anderson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wayne Anderson

Putting a man with such a poor record of LGBT support in charge of the continuing implementation of the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" would be a disaster for gay and lesbian soldiers. President Obama could and should do better.

Amanda Terkel

Barney Frank 'Strongly Opposes' Chuck Hagel As Defense Secretary | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Outgoing Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) announced on Monday that he "strongly opposes" the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel as Defense S...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

President Sees 'Positive Change' In Possible Nominee's Views | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama defended Chuck Hagel on Sunday, calling him a "patriot" and saying the former Nebraska senator had evolved since ...

Reading Tea Leaves of Political Appointments Not Yet Made

Steve Clemons | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Many in the punditocracy and D.C.'s strategic class are hyperventilating about these candidates and what we think Obama will do and won't do with scant evidence or commentary from the president or his team.

On Hagel, Neocons Go Off the Sanity Cliff (Again)

Jon Soltz | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Why are they going so off-the-rails? It boils down to one thing -- Iraq. Neocons will never, ever forgive Senator Hagel for standing up to President Bush, in favor of a pro-troop, pro-security, responsible approach to Iraq.

The Preemptive War on Hagel

Elizabeth Drew | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Drew

Far more is at stake in Barack Obama's decision on whether to nominate Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense than whether Chuck Hagel is nominated.

More Than Just About Hagel

Trita Parsi | Posted 02.26.2013 | World
Trita Parsi

While America's relationship with Israel is important, Chuck Hagel is being considered for Secretary of Defense of the United States, not Israel. Whether he would be good for Israel or not cannot be a central concern -- and certainly not the cause to preemptively slander and dismiss this decorated soldier.

Crisis! Pro-Obama Jews Must Demand Diplomacy Advocate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Since many of our Christian brothers and sisters are offline for the Christmas holiday, I thought this would be a good time for the pro-Obama Jews to ...

Chuck Hagel and the Trial-Balloon Method (Updated)

David Bromwich | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

The final twist of the anti-Chuck Hagel slanders must also be blamed in some measure on President Obama. For it echoes his own turn from saying, in 2007, that the Iraq war made America less safe to his saying in 2010 that it made America safer.

Joshua Hersh

Joe Lieberman: Chuck Hagel Would Face 'Tough Confirmation Process' Over Iran Votes | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics

A top outgoing senator on foreign policy issues, Joe Lieberman, told CNN on Sunday morning that former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel would likely face a "...

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel Anti-Israel Charge Is 'Extremely Stupid,' Nebraska Rabbi Says | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An Israeli-born, Omaha-based rabbi who has known Chuck Hagel for many years said charges that the former Nebraska senator, and potential...

Chuck Hagel Apologizes For 'Insensitive' Gay Comments

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) released a statement Friday apologizing for comments he made over a decade ago about a gay ambassadorial nominee. ...

Former U.S. Ambassadors Declare Unqualified Support for Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

This is the backstory of the neocon lobby's pre-emptive strike on Chuck Hagel. Their real target isn't Hagel. Their real target is Obama.

Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense of America, Not Israel

Richard Greener | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
Richard Greener

Aren't we still the United States of America and isn't the Barack Obama administration in its second term forming a cabinet for the government of the United States -- and only the United States?

Potential Obama Nomination Faces Congressional Backlash

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics

* Ex-senator under fire for views on Israel, Iran * Washington Post says Hagel "not the right choice" * Confirmation fig...

Hagel Secretary Of Defense Nomination Looks Likely: Report

Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) is likely to be nominated as the Secretary of Defense, Bloomberg reports. Sources tell Bloomberg Hagel has passed ...

Obama Expected Announce Decisions On Cabinet Shakeup

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

* Former Republican senator would give Cabinet bipartisan cast * Reshuffle complicated by decision on Hillary Clinton successor ...