Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Stick with Hagel

President Obama will do right to nominate ex-senator Charles Hagel as his new Secretary of Defense (though he has a good option of nominating ex-senator James Webb too). He needs a saner voice, a conservative who is not beholden to lunacy of right. President Obama has effectively taken out the decades old political advantage of Republicans on National Security. He doesn't own this accomplishment to anyone and he is fully entitled to pursue his approach towards National Security which draws down systematically overseas commitment as well as rationalizes American Military apparatus while focusing on other emerging threats.

All this smear campaign against Hagel, not much with any substance as Dana Milbank correctly points while going against the editorial of his own paper. Dana Milbank was right about Susan Rice and he is right about Charles Hagel too.

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