Chuck Hagel's military, government career
January 7th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Sparks could fly in 'historic' Hagel confirmation hearings

(CNN) – He forged his views of war and the military as a young man in mine-plagued fields of Vietnam. Now Chuck Hagel may become the first Vietnam veteran and first enlisted soldier to serve as U.S. defense secretary.

He would also be one of the few Pentagon chiefs ever to have been wounded in war, President Barack Obama said in announcing his selection on Monday to take over for outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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  1. Moderate Sean

    A good man who has served this country with honor and distinction, a perfect fit to lead the Pentagon!

    January 7, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Lilli

    POTUS please fight with all your might for your choice. Mr. Hagel would make a great Secretary of Defense! He started out in the trenches and appreciates what all of the military contributes to our country! And he's a Vietnam Vet to boot!

    Lindsey Graham and his cronies need to retire are decide to move FORWARD!!!

    Hillary 2016

    January 7, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. rs

    Well, sparks could fly if Senate Republicans wish to look idiotic. If they oppose Hagel it is simply to further their petty disagreements with the President of United States. LindseyGraham would probably filibuster his own nomination for the post if the President put his name forward.

    Look, the reality here is the GOP will do nothing good for America as long as they don't get their way. In the short term they can gum up the works of government, but every time they do so (especially over non-issues like this), their popularity and credibility plummets.

    Keep it up GOP, "suicide IS painless".

    January 7, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    @ Rudy

    "There are millions and millions of teachers, police officers, sanitation workers, and more that never paid a dime into Social Security, yet they are collecting it right now."
    --------
    From the official website, ssa.gov:

    "Everyone born in 1929 or later needs 40 Social Security credits to be eligible for retirement benefits. You can earn up to four credits per year, so you will need to work at least 10 years to become eligible for retirement benefits."

    So Rudy, the ONLY other way you can collect SS retirement benefits is under some sort of survivorship scenario where the deceased has put in at least 40 credits (quarters) into the system.

    January 7, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Mindie in Indie

    Republicans fighting to stop other Republicans from leadership roles. The GOP is officially dead and they can thank the teabaggers for killing their own party.

    January 7, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. plain&simple

    The only sparks flying will be from republicans hitting the skids from trying to obstruct. The light will shine on their inability to govern and everyone will know who they are. Don't see a lot of republicans wanting to look as thick and clueless as Graham or as bitter as McCain.

    January 7, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Sparks could fly in 'historic' Hagel confirmation hearings"

    But they shuoldn't. That is the beginning AND the end of the story. They shouldn't. America needs to tell the GOP/Teatrolls, in no uncertain or euphamized words, to go f themselves raw.

    January 7, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    rs wrote:

    ....Look, the reality here is the GOP will do nothing good for America as long as they don't get their way. In the short term they can gum up the works of government, but every time they do so (especially over non-issues like this), their popularity and credibility plummets.
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    You give the Republicans far too much credit. You make the false assumption that they could get their way, then they would do what is best for the counry.

    Wrong. Nothing that they want to do is good for the country. It is designed to benefit only an anonymous elite. They make all of the altruistic sounding arguments, which are not fact not lies but cleverly disguised half truths. For example, they love claim that their economic plans create "economic growth" and "prosperity". Prosperity and economic grouth for who, though? Romney claimed to have "created 100,000 jobs while at Bain", but neglected to say where those new jobs were located and how many American jobs were destroyed in the process.

    January 7, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    How's all that rope workin' out for ya, GOPers/Teatrolls?

    I suppose when you can gerrymander yourselves into office despite the popular vote indicating that the vast majority of the public would like you to take a long walk off a short pier, then you really do have license to not give a flying rat's pink patoot how damaging your shenanigans are to the proper governance of the country.

    January 7, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I will do all I can to prevent war."

    Sorry, Chucky, but you're not a casualty of the GOP/Teatrolls' war on rational governance.

    January 7, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    oops, edit hehe"

    "I will do all I can to prevent war."

    Sorry, Chucky, but you're NOW a casualty of the GOP/Teatrolls' war on rational governance. (typo said "not" the first time lol)

    January 7, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Squigman

    Sparks fly. Really? What are the republican (rock heads), going to do? Oh that's right, they could all get together for a photo opp. and rub their collective heads together. This might create a dull thud, or look like matches being struck on the side of a box. Regardless, the thud would be muted at best, and uninspiring at worst.

    January 7, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Apparently, as far as the GOP/Teatrolls are concerned, the only way to be a war hero is to crash 3 billion dollar fighter jets, sing like a canary and then come home a-warmongering.

    January 7, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. rs

    Rudy NYC-
    You are completely correct. I was simply trying to give them the very slightest benefit of the doubt. The GOP has grown so dysfunctional and radical I doubt they could agree on just what it is they want to do for (or to) America.

    January 7, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    fair is Fair wrote:

    "Everyone born in 1929 or later needs 40 Social Security credits to be eligible for retirement benefits. You can earn up to four credits per year, so you will need to work at least 10 years to become eligible for retirement benefits."
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    "1929 or later" might be the explanation. I'm pretty sure most of these folks were born prior to that date. Almost all of them worked in public schools, post offices, or as munincipal employees of one type or another.

    January 7, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |