Report: Hagel Stepping Down; ‘He Wasn’t Up to the Job’
From the November 17 Morning Jolt:
Bing West thinks that someone in the Obama administration’s national-security inner circle will leave in the not-too-distant future, perhaps Chuck Hagel or Susan Rice.
To be honest, I thought that was unlikely. Why now? …
Russian Foreign Minister: Cold War ‘Geopolitics Never Disappeared’
House: We Authorized the Death Gratuity. Why Won’t They Pay It?
I just chatted with a House aide who argues that the “death gratuity” — the $100,000 payment to families of U.S. servicemen — was originally covered by legislation passed by both Houses and signed into law, and that there is …
The Old ‘Engage Assad’ Crowd Now Compares Him to Hitler
From the Wednesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Persuasion Tip: Stop Comparing Your Old ‘Partner for Peace’ to Hitler
How’s this for irony? Chuck Hagel and John Kerry, writing in the Wall Street Journal (text found here), back on …
Davos Elites Suddenly Realize U.S. Elected an Isolationist
The global elites who relentlessly cheered and applauded Barack Obama from the moment he appeared on the national stage suddenly realize the leader of the free world and arsenal of democracy is now managed by a quasi-isolationist:
As President Barack …
Conflict-Hungry President Picks His Next Big Fight
From the first Morning Jolt of the first full week of 2013…
The Hagel Hullabaloo: Conflict-Hungry President Picks His Next Fight
It’s official: “President Obama plans to nominate former senator Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican and Vietnam veteran, to be …
America At War in Iraq, Day Four
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking in Sydney, Australia, today: “On the assessment of the effectiveness of the air strikes, they have been very effective, from all the reports that we’ve received on the ground. I will be speaking with …
Has Anyone Seen Chuck Hagel Lately?
Then, when President Obama nominated Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense:
In the Senate, I came to admire his courage and his judgment, his willingness to speak his mind — even if it wasn’t popular, even if it …
Once Flights Begin, No One Can Guarantee ‘No Boots on the Ground’
Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel attempted to emphasize that U.S. military action in Syria will not include “troops on the ground.”
The New York Times, today:
For the first time, …
Chuck Hagel, Impending Placeholder
The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus compares Chuck Hagel, former senator and nominee to be secretary of defense, to the late Les Aspin, the former congressman who became Bill Clinton’s first secretary of defense.
As one of Aspin’s …
Chuck Hagel in 2004: Reinstate the Draft
Here’s a fun question for Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing: does he still support reinstating the draft, as he suggested in 2004?
Speaking at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on post-occupation Iraq, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., said, “There’s …
THE MAYAN PROPHECIES ARE TRUE! THIS IS THE LAST MORNING JOLT!!!! … Until January 2.
Actually, I did briefly think the Mayans knew something awful was going to happen this morning, when I couldn’t get my laptop to turn on. As …