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Hagel and Defense

scottbushee Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 4:53 PM
Alex, the total expenditures came in at about $3.8 tril. This puts national defense at 19%. And yes, when responsible adults have a budget crisis, they look at all expenses, especially when one expense is almost a fifth of their total budget. Consider the following scenario: You are a financial advisor. A family comes to you in tears because they are borrowing $1,000 per month. Their income is just under $4,000/month, and they have an expense that comes in at $716/month. Would you automatically consider that bill to be off limits? Did we not just end a war last year? How is is impossible to even consider cutting military spending?

Biography isn't policy. President Obama's choice for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, former Nebraska Republican senator, has a resume most politicians can envy: a clean senatorial record, no ethical lapses and two purple hearts from a war many opposed and many more tried to avoid.

Some think Hagel's 2006 comment about "the Jewish lobby" should disqualify him, believing it a code word for anti-Semitic sentiments. There is nothing wrong with criticizing the policies of any Israeli government. Israelis likely do this more than foreigners. It's just that Jews are rightly sensitive to the use of words like these because it may...