U.S. intelligence has concluded with 'varying degrees of confidence,' that the Syrian government has twice used chemical weapons in its fierce civil war, the White House and other top administration officials said Thursday
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the sanctions on Iran are causing a tremendous amount of difficulty in that country. Hagel commented while visiting Israel on Monday.
Some of this year's automatic budget cuts are now coming out of President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's pockets - who say they plan to give up five percent of their salaries.
Chuck Hagel deserves praise — four words I did not expect to be writing — for announcing an expansion of the U.S. missile-defense system. Fourteen additional ground-based long-range missile interceptors are to be installed in Alaska by 2017 at a cost of $1 billion.
Over the weekend an al Qaida spokesman in Pakistan stated in a video obituary for a fallen Kashmiri militant that after Afghanistan is retaken, Indian Kashmir is the next target.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Sunday night. Hagel told reporters that he discussed all the key issues with the president. He also rejected any suggestions that the U.S. is in collusion with the Taliban.
Chuck Hagel's notorious 2008 statement about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the leading institution of the pro-Israel lobby, claimed that "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here [in Congress]. I'm a United States senator. I'm not an Israeli senator."
Republicans and Democrats are blaming one another for impending cuts to the defense budget brought about by sequestration.
The Senate has voted to move forward on the nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, clearing the way for confirmation of President Barack Obama's choice. The vote was 71-27 on Tuesday to end the GOP filibuster.
<p>Does it matter that a nominee for secretary of defense doesn't particularly care for American power?<p/>
Does it matter that a nominee for secretary of defense doesn't particularly care for American power?
Over President's Day weekend, President Barack Obama took off for a mini-vacation in Florida. There, he participated in golf lessons with professional coach Butch Harmon -- Harmon normally charges $1,000 per hour, and Obama spent 8 hours with him -- and then he took to the links with disgraced golf icon Tiger Woods. The press was not allowed to cover any of this first-hand.
On November 8, 2007, then Senator Chuck Hagel spoke to the Center for Strategic and International studies Commission on Smart Power regarding Iran.
Not since the eminently forgettable and now justly forgotten Louis A. Johnson was chosen to dismantle the country's military budget after the Second World War -- just in time to leave this country woefully unprepared for the Korean one -- has a nominee for secretary of defense represented so clear and present a danger to the national security.
Just as Lenin's body remains on public display in Russia, because one never knows when he might be useful to rally the masses, so, too, does the ghost (but thankfully not the body) of the late Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) remain a useful symbol for Democrats in Washington.
Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense is in trouble -- as it should be. The former Republican senator has so much baggage it is amazing that the administration hasn't dumped him, as they did Susan Rice when her proposed nomination ran into trouble.
Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel became the third cabinet nominee ever to be successfully filibustered, and as Nancy Cordes reports, it came at the hands of his former Republican colleagues.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says he doesn't think the nominations of Chuck Hagel to Defense Secretary and John Brennan to CIA Director should move forward until the White House answers some pressing questions on the consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya.
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