April 3, 2013 |
Chuck Hagel was taking questions at Fort McNair on Wednesday after his first major speech as defense secretary when a man rose to ask about his recent comments on North Korea. "I was misquoted again," Hagel blurted out, without saying what he was misquoted about or who did the misquoting. When the laughter subsided, Hagel mentioned his press secretary, George Little, who was in the audience. "He likes that kind of response," Hagel said. " ‘Keep your answers short,' he says.
April 3, 2013 |
Chuck Hagel has only been on the job a little more than a month, and he's already getting a pay cut. A voluntary one, that is. The new Secretary of Defense has elected to give back the equivalent of 14 days of his pay — or $10,750 of his $199,700 salary, Reuters reports — to the government. The move is a show of solidarity to the Department of Defense's some 800,000 civilian employees, who will be hit with 14 days of unpaid leave as a result of the across-the-board cuts known as the sequester.
March 22, 2013 |
Sen. John McCain's " Straight Talk Express " has been in the repair shop for a while, but it sure was rolling this week during an interview. The main theme was that Republicans should end their self-isolation and "start working for the American people. " Journalists have always had a soft spot for McCain (R-Ariz.) when he's in the mode of bipartisan conciliator. And I don't want to overstate the evidence of an hour-long conversation the other day in his Senate office. He remains a complex and mercurial man...
March 12, 2013 |
Is bad penmanship a prerequisite for President Obama 's second-term Cabinet? Newly minted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed off on a letter to a former Senate colleague this week with a scrawly, nearly illegible version of his signature. We're pretty sure it's his signature, at least, but we arrived at that only by deduction, based on its placement. It appears he's giving Treasury Secretary Jack Lew a run for his money. Lew, whose John Hancock will grace every dollar bill being issued, was...
March 11, 2013 |
The Senate's top leaders on military affairs added their voices Monday to the list of lawmakers asking the Pentagon to rethink its plans for a new military medal to honor drone pilots and cyberwarriors who work far from the battlefield. In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Sens. Carl Levin (Mich.) and James M. Inhofe (Okla.), the Democratic chairman and top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, respectively, said that the new Distinguished Warfare...
March 6, 2013
Charles Kestenbaum [ letters , March 4] assured us that, since he has worked for more than 40 years with Arabs and Muslims, he can vouch for the existence of a powerful, influential Israel lobby. There is, of course, an Israel lobby, just as there is a lobby for virtually everything under the sun. But if the Israel lobby cannot keep former senator Chuck Hagel from becoming defense secretary, how influential is it? Sol Schindler , Bethesda