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The Hagel Problem

President Bush called Afghan president Hamid Karzai last week to apologize for the way he was treated by a few senators, reports the Washington Post. One of the prime offenders was Democratic senator Barbara Boxer, a dependably rude person. Another was Republican senator Chuck Hagel, who scolded a man with one of the toughest jobs in the world as if he were a deputy assistant secretary. Hagel keeps berating the Bush administration for not being multilateral enough. Looks like he doesn’t know too much about diplomacy himself.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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