Watched Hagel's nomination hearing and he said that 1968 was our worst year in Viet Nam. Caught me off guard because while it may have been one of our worst for casualties it was on of our best militarily-we kicked the snot out of the enemy, big time. I was there. The fact is that the more you engage the enemy the higher the probable casualties. Hagel's focus is casualties.
Hagel's comment leaves me believing that he would be extremely reluctant to commit troops to combat because of the risk of casualties. A Secretary of Defense must be able face the reality of casualties in planning and in execution. I respect Hagel's service to his country but I believe he has a blind spot regarding casualties that disqualifies him from the job.