TribLIVE

| Opinion/The Review

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Hagel for Defense?: Bruises ahead

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Letters home ...

Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

The world's a big place. Bring it home with Letters Home.

Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, 11:52 a.m.
 

Chuck Hagel needn't worry about whether Republicans support their fellow former GOP senator for secretary of Defense. It's pretty clear that his former colleagues think so little of him that he'll likely have difficulty gaining even one Republican vote.

What Mr. Hagel has to worry about is whether he can gain sufficient Democrat support. And that appears to be a most-iffy proposition.

Hagel morphed into a liberal Republican who represented Nebraska in the U.S. Senate for two terms ending in 2009. At least on the surface, he appears to be the perfect choice to succeed Leon Panetta. Hagel's not only a decorated Vietnam veteran, supposedly attuned well to the needs of the military and how to balance them with today's fiscal realities, but he spent time on the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees.

But his record remains quite problematic. Think of his belittling of the U.S.-Israel alliance and his push to have Israel negotiate with terrorists. Think of his past intemperate remarks about gays, for which he only recently apologized, and that only when his name was floated for the Defense job. And think of what many perceive to be his coddling of Iran's mullahs.

But Hagel also spread so much ill will among his onetime Senate colleagues with his hardly amicable style that there's no “natural base” of support left among Republicans or Democrats, reports Politico.

The nation has more pressing needs than a bruising confirmation battle. The nation can do better than Chuck Hagel.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Editorials

  1. The Brady affair: Contract law
  2. Greensburg Laurels & Lances
  3. Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
  4. Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
  5. Intrepid salute
  6. The Thursday wrap
  7. Medicare @ 50: Sick, getting sicker
  8. Regional growth
  9. Yes, the IRS targeted conservatives
  10. Sunday pops
  11. Dear Cleveland: Our condolences