The Hagel Finagle

Jerrold L. Sobel
Despite the most inane confirmation hearing performance in recent memory, after embarrassingly stumbling and bumbling through eight hours of straight up questioning, it's a done deal, Chuck Hagel was confirmed and became the United States 23rd Secretary of Defense on Tuesday. His confirmation became assured lastThursday, after five term Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama and others threw their support behind his nomination.  In and of itself, it's not so shocking that Republican Senators jumped ship to support the nomination;   Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Mike Johanns of Nebraska also switched sides.  But Shelby's justification for doing so certainly was:  "He's probably as good as we're going to get.  That's quite a statement. What's Hagel's Experience?  He was wounded in Vietnam.  Qualifications?  Voicing the thoughts of millions of Americans, Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (USA-Ret.), now senior fellow for...(Read Full Post)

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