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The Hagel Pick Telegraphs Weakness

cchuba Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 12:01 PM
By the way, I just looked at the itemization, and veterans affairs and pensions is on top of the $700B. The total outlay that is defense related is $1T. The $700B is just the baseline for equipment and base maintenance.

Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison.

President Obama’s choice of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for Sec. of Defense is a

dangerous choice that telegraphs weakness toward Iran. In the Senate, Mr. Hagel compiled a worrisome record toward the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism.

It is Iran that backs Hezbollah in Lebanon. We haven’t heard much about the Cedar Revolution in that war-torn country. That’s because Hezbollah murdered the democratic leaders for reform. Iran is behind Hamas in Gaza. Hamas defeated the corrupt regime of Mahmoud Abbas in elections in Gaza that soon degenerated into civil...