From the day he was announced as President Obama’s nomination for secretary of defense, the feeling in many circles was that Chuck Hagel really isn’t qualified and certainly there must be more able candidates. Why did the president select Hagel? Well, he’s a Republican, an Obama friend of sorts, agrees with the president on many defense issues, and gives the administration somewhat of a nonpartisan aroma.
He’s being painted a favorable color since he was an enlisted man, served in combat in the Vietnam War, and knows firsthand the horrors of war. Those are fine qualities and experience attached to him, but it doesn’t mean he is qualified to head the Defense Department. He did serve in the U.S. Senate.
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