Defense Articles

Woodward: Democrats Calling W.H. to Ask Whether Hagel Is Withdrawing

10:06 AM, Feb 17, 2013

Journalist Bob Woodward reported on Fox News this morning that Democratic senators are calling the White House to see whether Chuck Hagel will withdraw his nomination as secretary of defense:

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Senators Ask Hagel Whether the State Dept. Is Controlled By Israel

3:42 PM, Feb 15, 2013

Two U.S. senators have written a letter to Chuck Hagel to ask the defense secretary nominee to explain his assertion that "the State Department was becoming an adjunct of the Israeli Foreign Ministry." Hagel, the Washington Free Beacon reported yesterday, made the comment in 2007.

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Former Defense Secretary: Hagel Is 'in a Difficult Position'

11:18 AM, Feb 15, 2013

Former Defense Secretary William Cohen says that Hagel is now "in a difficult position." Politico reports:

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Will Schumer Continue to Guard Hagel?

10:20 AM, Feb 15, 2013

John Podhoretz, writing in the New York Post:


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Hagel Delayed

5:12 PM, Feb 14, 2013

The Emergency Committee for Israel releases this statement from Bill Kristol on the Senate's decision to delay the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense:

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Reid: 'Tragic' Republicans Refuse to Let Hagel Get Jammed Through

11:46 AM, Feb 14, 2013

Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, said on the floor this morning that it's "tragic" Republicans are refusing immediately to accept Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense. Some Republicans contend that they need more information on Hagel before voting on his nomination.

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Kristol Podcast: Republicans Will Hang Tough, Not Let Hagel Be Jammed Through

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:50 AM, Feb 13, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:

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National Security Leaders to Congress: 'Stop Sequestration Now'

7:06 AM, Feb 11, 2013

In a letter to congressional leaders organized by the Foreign Policy Initiative, national security leaders says, "stop sequestration now." The letter is signed by former senators Norm Coleman and Joe Lieberman, former defense secretary Bob Gates, Bill Kristol, and many others.

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Chuck Hagel: ‘He's Jewish’

4:09 PM, Feb 10, 2013

The newly discovered 2008 video of Chuck Hagel has drawn attention, as it should, for his comments dismissing the U.S. even “thinking” about acting militarily against Iran, and for his seeming to be more concerned about Israel's nuclear weapons than Iran's.

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Hagel: Israel’s Nukes More of a Threat than Iran’s

12:26 PM, Feb 10, 2013

At a 2008 event to promote his then-recently published book, Chuck Hagel expresses more concern over Israel's nuclear weapons than Iran's and advocates the U.S. engage with Iran and Syria:

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Big Job; Wrong Man

2:30 PM, Feb 08, 2013

It can be tempting, if you are not a Washington insider or intimate, to put the Chuck Hagel business out of mind.  Or try, anyway.

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Hagel to Withdraw?

12:31 PM, Feb 08, 2013

Thomas E. Ricks, who is well-sourced in Democratic national security policy circles, says there's a "50-50" chance Chuck Hagel withdraws from consideration for the secretary of defense job.

Ricks says that Hagel "didn't do well" in his Senate hearing last week, and didn't seem "interested in the job."

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Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

12:05 PM, Feb 07, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:

Panetta said, though he did meet with Obama at a 5 o'clock prescheduled gathering, the president left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, "up to us."

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Panetta Warns of Becoming a 'Second-Rate Power'

11:46 AM, Feb 07, 2013

At a hearing today on Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that sequestration will lead to America becoming a "second-rate power":

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Brennan, Panetta on Hot Seat Today on Capitol Hill

8:26 AM, Feb 07, 2013

Two officials from the Obama administration are on the hot seat today on Capitol Hill: John Brennan, who is the president'a chief counterterrorism advisor and who has been nominated to lead the CIA, and Leon Panetta, the retiring defense secretary. For Brennan, the issue is whether he should be confirmed to be the next CIA director; while Panetta will be on Capitol Hill to answer questions about the September 11 terror attack in Benghazi that led to the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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Fischer Explains Her Opposition to Hagel

7:48 AM, Feb 07, 2013

Deb Fischer of Nebraska, the state Chuck Hagel represented for many years, explains her opposition to Hagel as defense secretary:

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Hagel Refuses to Disclose Foreign Funders

12:41 PM, Feb 06, 2013

BuzzFeed reports that Chuck Hagel is refusing to detail foreign funders and disclose other necessary financial information to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Defense Dept. Rejects Gov't Agency's Recommendation on ‘Sexual Assault Victimization’ in the Military

11:55 AM, Feb 06, 2013

On January 23, news broke that outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had issued a directive that the military's ban on women in combat would be lifted.

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Obama's Hometown Paper: Drop Chuck Hagel

7:48 AM, Feb 06, 2013

The editors of Barack Obama's hometown paper, the Chicago Tribune, urge the president to drop the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. The paper endorsed Obama in two presidential elections.

The editors of the paper write, "We'll be candid ... He should be in some other job, not running the Pentagon."

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Hagel, 'the Mediocre Man'

9:31 AM, Feb 05, 2013

Chuck Hagel is "the mediocre man," writes Bret Stephens:

Once upon a time, a Republican senator from Nebraska spoke up for the right of mediocrities to occupy eminent positions of public trust.

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Why Not Flournoy?

8:42 AM, Feb 05, 2013

The woman who still could be the next defense secretary, Michele Flournoy, has an intelligent op-ed, well worth reading, in today’s Wall Street Journal, on "The Right Way to Cut Pentagon Spending."

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Ad: Hagel's 'Confusion'

1:43 PM, Feb 04, 2013

The Emergency Committee for Israel has released a new ad called "confusion," which highlights Chuck Hagel's rocky performance in last week's Senate hearing:

"Today the Emergency Committee for Israel released "Confusion," a web ad highlighting Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel's confused response at last week's hearing to questions about the Obama administration's Iran policy," says ECI in a press release.

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McConnell: Opposition to Hagel 'Intensifying'

8:29 AM, Feb 04, 2013

The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said over the weekend that opposition to the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense is "intensifying." The second highest ranking Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn of Texas, has been leading the charge against Hagel.

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Hagel Doesn't Understand the Defense Budget

3:23 PM, Feb 02, 2013

Chuck Hagel, who has been nominated by President Obama to be the secretary of defense, does not understand the defense budget. Gary Schmitt explains:


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'I Will Have To'

A Parody.
2:05 PM, Feb 02, 2013

Coats Opposes Hagel

5:20 PM, Feb 01, 2013

Senator Dan Coats delivered these remarks on the floor of the Senate in opposition to Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense:

I have reviewed the 130 pages of answers submitted by Senator Hagel in response to policy questions presented by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 

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Kirk Opposes Hagel

4:26 PM, Feb 01, 2013

In a statement to the press, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois opposes the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense:

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Terminal Dimmitude

3:05 PM, Feb 01, 2013

Vietnam veteran and ex-Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Isolation) made a stunning impression in his audition for the role of secretary of defense yesterday, though it was not quite the one that he wished. "Though he was being asked about things he had said over the course of the past 15 years, it was what Hagel said yesterday…that had his defenders reeling in shock and even his critics aghast at how poorly he handled himself," wrote John Podhoretz in the New York Post. Said Roger L. Simon, "They had to send him a note in the middle of the proceedings to remind him of the administration’s position on Iran and 'containment,' and even then [he] got it wrong."

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Obama Advisor on Hagel Hearing: 'Baffling and Incomprehensible'

2:41 PM, Feb 01, 2013

An advisor to President Obama describes Chuck Hagel's hearing as, "somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible." The advisor made the comment to the New York Times.

The Times reports:

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