I am not one for admitting I am wrong, but sometimes the evidence is so overwhelming that I have to say it. I was wrong. Specifically I have been repeatedly wrong when I said that the Israel lobby could not be defeated unless and until the President of the United States confronted it directly.
It is the death throes of the neoconservatives' hold on United States foreign policy that makes the confirmation of Hagel and the installation of the Biden-Kerry-Hagel team so critically important for the United States and the world.
Their tenures in these positions often far out ran the tenure of the president that appointed them. But because they were largely nameless and faceless they got very little attention. Obama's appointments to the judiciary are a near textbook example of that. Few can name any of them.
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.
President Obama is thinking of nominating former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as the country's next Secretary of Defense. It is an inspired choice that the President should be proud to present to Americans and to the world.