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Hagel in Obamaland

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Unless the administration leaps back through the looking glass to the real world, the next two years will be grim. Chuck Hagel's departure will not change that forecast. And neither will Dr. Carter's nomination allow an escape from Obamaland-- no matter his qualifications.

How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might be lucky having been left at the curb.

Hagel's Resignation Spells the End of a Once Principled Presidency

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

It is with enormous sorrow that I watched Hagel's tenure ended at the half-way mark by a President who seems to have forgotten the pledge he made to Americans when he was elected: to finally craft a sane foreign policy, devoid of hubris, and over-reliance on military solutions.

ISIS Supporters Celebrate Hagel's Resignation On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

Just minutes after The New York Times broke the surprising news on Monday that U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel would resign, supporters of the I...

Hagel: ISIS Fight Won't End Anytime Soon

Reuters | Posted 10.11.2014 | World

SANTIAGO, Oct 11 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday that the embattled Syrian city of Kobani was a very difficult problem...

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Just Told Us How to Close Gitmo (But Obama Won't Do It)

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

One way or another, the United States owes its service members the ride home. They may face military court, or simply return to their lives, but leaving anyone behind is not right. But questions over Bergdahl's motivations and actions are not what embarrasses Obama.

Circling the Battlewagons Against China: US Defense, State Dept. Speak Out

T. Dean Reed | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
T. Dean Reed

Both leading U.S. cabinet offices concerned with international security are joining in a steady drumbeat of calling China to task for its aggression just as President Obama prepares to travel to Asia.

Lowry/Katrina Clash Over Arizona and Army and Ask: Bidding or Shooting War Over Ukraine?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


The top editors at National Review and Nation debate the economics and morality of a) Arizona 1062, b) modern Pentagon budget and c) Kiev after Sochi. Looking 'into his soul', Lowry and vanden Heuvel agree Putin is dangerously confounding.

'You Can't Just Keep Deferring And Deferring'

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hinted Thursday at growing U.S. impatience with Afghan President Hamid Karzai for not signing an...

Hagel Move Undercut By Really Bad Timing

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AP) — Moments before he launched a carefully planned pep talk to members of the Air Force's nuclear missile force,...

Hagel Warns Afghans

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he can't recommend that President Barack Obama continue planning for a post-2014 forc...

U.S. Should Seize the Moment to Fuse NATO With the EU

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

Can the Europeans ever overcome their parochial defense thinking and construct a European defense capability? I believe they can, but it will take a dose of straight talk and tough medicine from Washington to point them in the right direction.

Hagel Attends Arrival Of War Dead

AP | RANDALL CHASE and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

DOVER, Del. — DOVER, Del. (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday for the arrival of the remains of...

Hagel:NKorea Watching Syria Developments

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 09.30.2013 | World

PANMUNJOM, Korea -- Standing just steps from the heavily armed border with North Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that Pyongyang is cl...

No Coherent Reasons for Syria Strike

Derrick Crowe | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

The Assad regime in Syria is reprehensible. The use of chemical weapons by any actor is unacceptable. Violence as a tool to effect political change is a monstrosity. All of these things are true, but none justify the United States taking the role of an avenging god.

Hagel: U.S. In Talks With Allies On Syria

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

MANILA, Philippines — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration is consulting with allies to "further develop the facts" ...

Hagel: U.S. Military Ready To Act On Syria Immediately

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The U.S. military is ready to act immediately should President Barack Obama order action against Syria over ...

In Syria, America's National Interests Do Not Coincide With Israel's

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 07.06.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

There is no compelling national interest that requires American intervention in Syria's civil war. In fact, such an intervention would be a strategic error.

Hagel: U.S. Considering Arming Syria Rebels

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.02.2013 | World

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming rebels opposed to the Syrian government, Defense Secretary Chuck Ha...

Time For Some American Shock and Awe in Syria

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

The clamor among the hawkish segment of Washington lawmakers to get the United States involved militarily in Syria gets louder by the day.

Hagel: U.S. Committed To Israel's Military Superiority

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 06.22.2013 | World

TEL AVIV, Israel — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Israel on Monday that the Obama administration is committed to preserving and impr...

Hagel's First Step on Defense

William Hartung | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
William Hartung

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel struck the right themes in his first major address, delivered today at the National Defense University. The question now is whether he can follow through with new policies.

Obama Visit to Israel Key Link in Redesign of U.S. Foreign Policy

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

It would be a mistake to view President Obama's visit to Israel as just a fence-mending exercise. It is in fact part of a planned redesign of U.S. foreign policy that will change the face of American leadership around the world.

What the North Korean Missile Interceptors Are Really All About

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The announcement last week by Defense Secretary Hagel that the U.S. will, over the coming months, deploy additional anti-ballistic missile interceptors in Alaska and on America's west coast is not really what it is being portrayed as.

Large Explosion Reported In Kabul During Hagel Visit

Reuters | Posted 03.09.2013 | World

KABUL, March 9 (Reuters) - A blast was heard in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The expl...