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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:54 PM

McGovern: Barack Obama Needs Chuck Hagel In The Pentagon

Published: January 4, 2013 11:21 AM
By RAY MCGOVERN, The Baltimore Sun (MCT)

Absent from the discussion about whether former Sen. Chuck Hagel would make a good secretary of defense is any focus on lessons learned from personal factors like combat in war, as well as loyalty to the president.

As I was grousing about this, my eye caught a name on a rubbing I made from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall: "Edward S. Krukowski." Many years ago, Ed and I studied Russian and were in the ROTC together.

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Mr. Obama will be offered more hare-brained schemes like that. Mr. Hagel would likely recognize them for what they are. He has "been there, done that," having volunteered for Vietnam, with two purple hearts to prove it.

Mr. Hagel has explained his overall attitude in these words: "Committing a nation to war, asking our men and women to make sacrifices that no other Americans will ever be asked to make, is a deadly serious decision. War is not an abstraction."

Mr. Hagel would be the first secretary of defense in 30 years with lessons learned from direct combat experience. About time, I would say. No more Ed Krukowskis sacrificed in fool's errands, please.

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http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/mcgovern-barack-obama-needs-chuck-hagel-in-the-pentagon-1.4406026

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:55 PM

1. Thanks Purveyor

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:57 PM

2. I really, really like Hagel as the pick

 

for defense secretary.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:58 PM

3. I have a ton of respect for McGovern. He's so truthful and knowledgable. nt

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:16 AM

4. Agreed. I'd actually like Hagel as Secretary of State - but Kerry works too.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:18 AM

5. Good read. TY /nt

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:30 AM

6. Wow, you just can't beat an endorsement by Ray McGovern, Truthteller!! n/t

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 12:48 AM

7. When Hagel was rumored to be "vetted" I was OK with the DoD possiblity.

An anti-war guy at the top of DoD is a good thing.

Are there better options? Sure, I can definitely think of some. Clark comes to mind.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 10:50 AM

9. I still remember Clark's 'incident at Pristina' in '99 so he is a no-go for me. eom

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:08 AM

8. No, he needs Dennis Kucinich. Big War is Killing Us.

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