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Chuck Hagel Is a Choice To Irritate the GOP

cchuba Wrote: Jan 09, 2013 2:50 PM
drrisk, if you think that it's okay to drop a trillion dollars and kill 4,000 U.S. troops on a whim to try to fix one nation in the middle east, you are nuts. Iraq was a fiasco. All we did was install a pro-Iran Shia gov't.
"Never make an enemy by accident," housemaid Anna Bates warned her husband in the third season premiere of "Downton Abbey" Sunday night. That's what the housemaid's mother always told her.

If his mother ever gave him the same advice, former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel -- now President Barack Obama's pick to serve as secretary of defense -- seems to have ignored it.

Biographically, the former U.S. senator from Nebraska and decorated Vietnam War hero makes a great choice. As the president noted, "he'd be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense, one of the few secretaries who have...