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Why the War Party Fears Hagel

Corbett_ Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 9:39 AM
Obama doesn't want a war with Iran. In order to prevent that, he needs someone with credibility in DoD. That is why he is picking Hagel. He ought to be choosing someone with credibility for State too, but he apparently has decided to play politics with that.
In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel's name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst.

Who is Chuck Hagel?

Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work in Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign, was twice elected U.S. senator, and is chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chair of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

To The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, however, Hagel is a man "out on the fringes," who has a decade-long record of "hostility to Israel" and is "pro-appeasement-of-Iran."