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USA Today | Chuck Hagel is a fantastic choice for Defense or something





Critics complain, for example, that he’s too willing to trim the Pentagon budget, too prone to see daylight between Israeli and U.S. policies, and too cautious about committing to war to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Those opinions need airing.

At about 20% of all federal spending, the Pentagon budget should be scrubbed hard when one long war has ended and another is winding down. The U.S. must remain Israel’s unwavering ally, but that doesn’t require automatically siding with Israel’s leaders on settlement policies or giving up the U.S. role as an independent broker in peace attempts. On Iran, Hagel is  right to want to pursue reasonable alternatives to plunging the U.S. into yet another major war in the Persian Gulf.

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  • CBDenver

    More straw man arguments from the left.  They say "Critics complain, for example, that he’s too willing to trim the Pentagon budget".  No, it is not just budget cutting that is the issue.  Hagel said to Al Jazeera that the US is the world’s biggest bully.   This seems anti-American.  I don’t want someone who is hostile to the US to be in charge of determing how big our military should be.  It appears to me that Hagel is more concerned with pleasing our enemies than protecting the US.

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