Chuck Hagel continues his fight to become Secretary of Defense today — before he has even been nominated. Strange trend this, yeah? We won’t be surprised to see the day when every nomination tries to be a surprise — but then you mess with the vetting stage.
Because of the hard attacks he is taking on his policy positions he now is getting some blow-back the other way from supporters.
Some of that comes from the “anti Semite” accusations that are pretty much based on his Israel positions. That sort of comes with the territory when taking on the issue, and we have no doubt he can handle himself. If he wants to go hard-core against Israel supporters, he had better have the backbone to answer all of the questions on one of the most important defense issues of the day.
That being said, the other attacks that he is a “mean boss” were/are stupid. If Hagel had some sort of mean streak, you would have heard it mentioned long before now. Any former staffers we have discussed this with — and we have heard from several again over the past 24 hours — note that he was always tough, but fair. And that he was always considerate on personal matters. There are absolutely plenty of jerk bosses in DC, but Hagel was never on any list that we saw.
So…the main reason for updating this issue is that we were alerted to a story regarding this in Foreign Policy magazine.
The headline is, “Friends of Hagel gear up for a fight”.
And we immediately thought, Wow! They’re printing up hats and t-shirts? Buttons and bumper stickers?
(UnderArmour: the official outfitter of the Hagel Defense nomination.)
Alas…we read-on to discover that the “friends” are “preparing” for a fight.
And not by silk-screening t-shirts.
But that didn’t stop us!
We may not agree with Hagel on many, many of his positions over the past number of years, but we are still willing to come up with a logo (though we are still thinking about the color scheme) for Team Hagel.
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