Secretary of Defense on Townhall

Ken Blackwell - Fri Feb 1

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Secretary of Defense should be withdrawn now. He delivered what may be the worst performance at a confirmation hearing ever given. He was described as “confused,” “befuddled,” and “self contradicting.” One of Mr. Hagel’s own backers deplored the lack of “charisma” the nominee showed during the hearings. ... more

Rich Galen - Fri Feb 1

I subscribe to the general theory that a President - Republican or Democrat should be able to have the people running his Departments, Commissions and Agencies that he wants. ... more

Washington, D.C. - Fri Feb 1

In case you were not sure how Chuck Hagel felt about Israel after his "Jewish lobby" comment. ... more

Washington, D.C. - Fri Feb 1

Friends after this? We would say in my home state of Minnesota: Not so much. ... more

Washington, D.C. - Fri Feb 1

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, told the hearing today that while he respects Hagel's service, he cannot support his nomination. Inhofe detailed issues which Hagel has "switched positions" in the last few weeks. ... more

Katie Pavlich - Thu Jan 31

Phyllis Schlafly - Tue Jan 29

In a newsworthy act of political cowardice, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta ran through the Pentagon's exit door as he announced he is striking down the 1994 Combat Exclusion Law. His timing means his successor, presumably Chuck Hagel, will inherit the task of defending the order to assign women to front-line military combat. ... more

Emmett Tyrrell - Thu Jan 17

Former senator Chuck Hagel is a suave, energetic, spirited fellow. He is intelligent, and from his early youth apparently patriotic and undoubtedly courageous. He showed that in Vietnam. Hagel has been a Republican senator and an accomplished businessman. Now he is President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of defense. ... more

Paul Greenberg - Tue Jan 15

It should be interesting, the confirmation hearings on the nomination of Charles Hagel to be the next secretary of defense of the United States. ... more

Ken Blackwell - Fri Jan 11

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. ... more

Pat Buchanan - Fri Jan 11

"Chuck Hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking ... on most issues regarding foreign policy," says GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham. Neocon William Kristol concurs: Hagel is "out on the fringes." ... more

Michael Barone - Thu Jan 10

Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy. ... more

Pat Buchanan - Fri Dec 28

In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel's name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst. ... more