He is a former two-term Republican Senator from Nebraska with a record of consistently-conservative voting. He’s one of the few people in Washington who have a clue about real war and combat … having served and been wounded in Vietnam.
Sounds like pretty good qualifications to me. Chuck Hagel has been confirmed as Secretary of Defense on a 58 to 41 vote in the Senate.
The qualifications I mentioned are not guarantees that Hagel will do a great job at the Pentagon. But I think Republican senators ought to remember that many Americans disagreed with going to war with Iraq over the possibility of weapons of mass destruction that could possibly be used against Americans.
Many Americans may feel talking with Iran is probably a good idea, as long as we carry Teddy Roosevelt’s “big stick” in our back pocket. And sometimes a few Americans may wonder if considerations for Israel should determine everything we do in the Middle East.
Good luck, Mr. Hagel.
Our thought for today is from Richard Cecil:
“We ought not to judge of men’s merits by their qualifications, but by the use they make of them.”