Chuck Hagel

The Weekly Winston: Chuck Hagel as Thomas Inskip

Featured image The woeful Hagel nomination brings back memories of the 1936 appointment of the “entirely unsuited” (Richard Langworth’s phrase) Sir Thomas Inskip to be the Minister for the Coordination of Defense in the British government—a post that everyone thought Churchill should fill.  William Manchester pointed out that “a  search of The Times files reveals that his only notable public effort had been a successful campaign to suppress revisions of the Anglican »

Big mullah on campus

Featured image On its home page, the Daily Caller flags Charles Johnson’s story with the heading above. Clicking on the story shows the headline to be the more prosaic but perfectly serviceable “Supporter of Iranian dictatorship brought Chuck Hagel to Rutgers for 2007 speech.” Charles Johnson reports: A pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas candidate for the Iranian presidency, a man linked to Iranian-controlled front groups, brought former Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to speak at »

Is McCain more resigned to Hagel than some Senate Democrats?

Featured image Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Bob Woodward said that “some [Democratic Senators] have actually called the White House and said, ‘Is Hagel going to withdraw? Will he consider withdrawing?’” My guess is that President Obama is committed to installing Hagel at the Pentagon, and isn’t going to back down as long as he believes Hagel can be confirmed. To the extent that some Democratic Senators have a problem with Hagel, »

Why Chuck Hagel?

Featured image Politico runs a piece called “Why Obama went all-in on Chuck Hagel.” The article eventually provides an answer: “because he’s unafraid of sacred cows. . . .” The “sacred cows” aren’t named, but they don’t have to be. Obama nominated Hagel to stick it publicly to Israel and what he and Hagel consider “the Jewish lobby.” Actually, the “pro-Israel lobby” probably could have killed the Hagel nomination, and would have »

Thoughts On Anti-Semitism, Prompted by Hagel and Others

Featured image I originally wrote this as an add-on to Paul’s post immediately below, but thought that since it is pretty long, and goes well beyond the immediate subject of Paul’s post, it should probably be posted independently. So here it is: I disagree somewhat with many of my fellow conservatives with respect to the diagnosis of anti-Semitism. It is a commonplace that criticizing the policies of the government of Israel does »

Report: Hagel Said State Department Controlled by Israel

Featured image In a March 2007 speech at Rutgers University, Chuck Hagel said that the U.S. Department of State was an adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister’s office, according to a contemporaneous report of the event. The contemporaneous report consists of notes by Republican political consultant and Hagel supporter George Ajjan, who wrote about the speech on his website the following day. As a Hagel supporter — then (Hagel was testing the »

Reports: A filibuster of Hagel isn’t out of the question

Featured image It still seems more likely than not that the Senate will confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. But today, there are signs that Senate Republicans may have enough votes to block his nomination while they wait for more information. According to Politico, Sen. Roy Blunt says he believes there are 40 Senators whose votes would reflect the view that “it’s too quick to end the debate on this nomination.” »

Hagel passes through committee; confirmation seems likely

Featured image The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to pass the nomination of Chuck Hagel on to the full Senate. The vote was 14-11, with all 14 “yes” votes being Democrats. Remember that Hagel, nominally a Republican, was supposedly President Obama’s idea of a bipartisan selection. In reality, of course, bipartisanship was never part of Obama’s thinking. It seems clear that Hagel will have the support of all 55 Senate Democrats. »

Lindsey Graham mixes apples and oranges

Featured image Lindsey Graham says he will ask that the nominations of Chuck Hagel (Secretary of Defense) and John Brennan (CIA Director) be held up until President Obama answers questions about what he did and did not do in response to the Benghazi attack. Graham cites the slogan of then-Senator Joe Biden during the confirmation hearings on John Bolton: “No confirmation without information.” Graham is off base. His information request has nothing »

Report: Hamas militiamen helped prop up Morsi

Featured image According to Khaled Abu Toameh at the Gatestone Institute website, there are reports that Hamas dispatched as many as 7,000 militiamen from Gaza to protect the regime of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi who faces a popular uprising. The reports quoted unidentified Egyptian security officials as saying that the Hamas militiamen had been spotted in the Egyptian border town of Rafah before they headed toward Cairo to shore up the Muslim »

Time To Stick a Fork In Hagel

Featured image He’s done. The idea that anyone who refuses to disclose his sources of income from foreign governments and organizations could be confirmed as Secretary of Defense is ludicrous, even in the surreal Age of Obama. Now Ben Shapiro of Breitbart.com ups the ante: On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed that one of the reasons that President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, »

Hagel refuses to tell Senate which foreigners have paid him

Featured image Chuck Hagel has told the Senate Armed Services that he will not provide foreign financial details for the corporate and nonprofit organizations he has been affiliated with since he left the Senate in 2009. He claims he cannot do so because of confidentiality agreements with the groups in question. Hagel can, of course, ask the foreign groups in question to waive any confidentiality agreement he entered into. It’s not clear »

Hagel still hasn’t provided information about his recent speeches and who paid for them

Featured image As we noted, per the questioning of Ted Cruz, Chuck Hagel had not, at the time he testified, provided the Senate Armed Services Committee with all of the speeches he has delivered over the last five years, including the identity of who paid him for them. I suggested that there should be no up-or-down vote on Hagel by the Committee until he is more forthcoming. Apparently, Hagel still has not »

The Weekly Winston: Iran and “Unregulated Unthinkability”

Featured image Chuck Hagel’s prevarications in his Senate testimony this week about the prevarications of the Obama Administration’s Iran policy brought to mind one of Churchill’s characterizations of British government policy about disarmament in the early 1930s—what at other times he described more simply as “mush, slush, and gush.”  But this 1934 comment comes close to capturing the essence of Obama’s own brand of mush, slush, and gush about Iran: It is »

Containing Hagel

Featured image Mark Steyn’s weekly column is posted at NRO as “Containing Hagel.” Subhead: “Tehran is pleased that we aren’t.” Steyn does the Steynian thing with Hagel’s almost unbelievable performance before the Senate Armed Services Committee this week. Among other things, Mark rescues a few of Hagel’s quotable quotes before they are overlooked by Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations and recede into the mists of the Age of Obama. Iran figured prominently in Hagel’s »

White House Iran adviser describes Hagel testimony as “somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible”

Featured image The reviews are in for Chuck Hagel’s appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee. If he were a Broadway play, as opposed to a mere nominee for Defense Secretary, Hagel would close after one performance. The Obama administration was not amused. White House officials told CBS’ Major Garrett that they were disappointed with Hagel’s performance. Indeed, one Obama staffer described Hagel’s testimony on Iran as “somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible.” »

Around the Hagel in 80 seconds

Featured image It appears that the RNC has compiled the lowlights of Chuck Hagel’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, condensing them down to a mercifully brief 80 seconds. Quotable quote: “If I had an opportunity to edit that, like many things I said, I would like to go back and change the words and meaning,” Hagel responded at one point to a question about a 2003 comment in which »