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.
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.