Pentagon Articles

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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New ECI Ad: Iran Supports Hagel

3:49 PM, Feb 07, 2013

The Emergency Committee for Israel has a new ad focusing on the Senate testimony from Barack Obama's defense secretary nominee, Chuck Hagel. "Today the Emergency Committee for Israel released 'Endorsed,' a 30-second TV ad that will begin airing tomorrow in Washington DC and New York," said ECI director Noah Pollak in a statement. "'Endorsed' contrasts Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel's views on the Iranian regime, which he described last week as 'elected' and 'legitimate,' with Hillary Clinton's description of the regime as a 'military dictatorship.'"

Watch the video below:

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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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Senate Committee Vote on Hagel Delayed

4:55 PM, Feb 06, 2013

Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, tells Politico reporter Manu Raju that the committee will not vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense on Thursday, as planned:

Hagel vote won't be tomorrow in Armed Services. Levin: "The committee’s review of the nomination is not yet complete."

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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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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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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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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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Any Profiles in Courage?

ADVANCE EDITORIAL from the February 11, 2013 issue.
2:10 PM, Feb 01, 2013

On October 3, 2005, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate his White House counsel, Harriet Miers, to succeed Sandra Day O’Connor as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. On October 27, after vigorous statements of opposition from conservatives and quiet expressions of dismay from Republican senators, Miers withdrew her nomination.

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Hayes Podcast: If Senate Voted on Hagel's Performance, He'd Lose

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:05 PM, Jan 31, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Steve Hayes hosted by Michael Graham:

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Rubio's Against Hagel

11:49 AM, Jan 31, 2013

Florida senator Marco Rubio says that he will oppose the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense:

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Senator to DefSec Nominee: Why Have the Iranians Endorsed You?

11:29 AM, Jan 31, 2013

Senator Jim Inhofe asked Chuck Hagel why the Iranians had endorsed his nomination for secretary of defense:

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Senator to Block DefSec Nominee Until Panetta Testifies on Benghazi

"Hillary Clinton got away with murder."
7:56 AM, Jan 29, 2013

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina pledged last night on Fox News to block President Obama's secretary of defense nominee, Chuck Hagel, until Leon Panetta testifies on the Benghazi terror attack:

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Will Women in Combat Make Military More or Less Effective?

Plus, Allen West weighs in.
2:31 PM, Jan 24, 2013

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Ryan Smith, a retired Marine infantryman who fought in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, urges caution about the Pentagon's new directive to allow woment to fight as combat infantry. Smith describes his experience in 2003:

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Obama Dumps a Smart, Independently Minded General

12:40 PM, Jan 22, 2013

It seems clear that American civil-military relations have been healthiest when there is a high level of trust between civilian and military leaders, i.e. when there is mutual respect and understanding between them that leads to the exchange of candid views and perspectives between the two parties as part of the decision-making process.

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Hagel’s Support for U.S. Nuclear Disarmament: Why the Senate Should Care

12:50 PM, Jan 17, 2013

Former senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee to be the next secretary of defense, has drawn sharp criticism for championing even deeper cuts to military spending, making statements hostile or indifferent to Israel, denigrating pro-Israel groups in the United States as “the Jewish lobby,” and objecting to the potential use of military force to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. Another issue that deserves close and careful scrutiny by senators and their staffers, however, is Hagel’s advocacy for global nuclear disarmament—and, toward that end, drastic cuts to the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

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Wicker 'Deeply Concerned' with Hagel's Iran Shift

8:22 AM, Jan 17, 2013

Roger Wicker, a senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is "deeply concerned" that Chuck Hagel's "views on Iran sanctions have changed multiple times based on public reaction and criticism of his record."

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Inhofe Opposes Hagel

6:52 AM, Jan 16, 2013

Senator James Inhofe, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Service Committee, released this statement in opposition to Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense:

“Chuck Hagel is a good person, and it was a pleasure to serve with him in the United States Senate. I am so very appreciative of the sacrifices he and his brother made to serve this country during the Vietnam War. We had a very cordial meeting today in which we discussed his nomination.

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Chuck Schumer, Cheap Date

11:40 AM, Jan 15, 2013

In a private meeting Monday—not just any old private meeting, but a 90 minutes long private meeting!—New York senator Chuck Schumer was reassured by secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel that he didn't mean the many things he's said over the years and didn't stand by the many votes he's cast over the years. And while Schumer graciously allowed that "the Senate confirmation process must be allowed to run its course," he hopes "that Senator Hagel’s thorough explanations will remove any lingering controversy regarding his nomination."

He's got to be kidding.

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Kristol Podcast: Hagel, Chas Freeman, and the 'Fifth Column'

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:30 PM, Jan 11, 2013

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

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Hagel as Obama's 'Flexibility'

8:17 AM, Jan 11, 2013

Charles Krauthammer writes: 

“This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”

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Cornyn Takes a Stand: 'Why I Can't Support Hagel'

9:10 AM, Jan 10, 2013

The number two Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn, explains in an opinion piece why he is unable to support Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense:

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