December 18, 2012 |
After word leaked from the White House late last week that Chuck Hagel was in line to become the next secretary of defense, Bill Kristol's Weekly Standard manned the Patriot missile batteries to shoot down that trial balloon. The neoconservative journal, no fan of the iconoclastic former Republican senator, published a smear under the headline : "Senate aide: ‘Send us Hagel and we will make sure every American knows he is an anti-Semite.' " In the posting, this anonymous aide went on to accuse Hagel of "the worst kind of...
January 7, 2013 |
Before they were girls, they were women. Before that, they were girls. I am not talking here of the chronology of females but of acceptable usage. Back in the 1970s, for instance, the use of "girl" could trigger a stinging rebuke and the damning charge of male-chauvinist piggism — or why else would a man call a woman a girl? This was the Golden Age of political correctness, which now, it seems, has its last redoubt on, of all places, the opinion pages of the robustly anti-PC Wall Street Journal.
January 10, 2013 |
Aaron David Miller is a vice president and distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. He served as a Middle East analyst, adviser and negotiator for Republican and Democratic secretaries of state from 1980 to 2003. 1 . Chuck Hagel is anti-Israel. In 2006, I interviewed then-Sen. Hagel for a book I was writing on U.S. policy toward the Arab-Israeli negotiations. Quotes from that interview, such as his comment that "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here," have been used by his...
February 8, 2013
Virtually everyone in the defense establishment of our country agrees that the clear and present danger to the United States does not lie in a uniformed military attack on our homeland. Therefore, our standing military forces and array of weaponry no longer possess the deterrent factor that they did during the Cold War. Terrorists and others who would do us harm have little or no regard for our military might or, for that matter, their own lives. Consequently, our best defense lies in intelligence networks and...
April 22, 2013 |
TEL AVIV — If Chuck Hagel didn't know his Middle East geography before, he does now — thanks to a birds-eye tutorial from the Israeli military. In his first visit to Israel as secretary of defense , Hagel took a one-hour, 40-minute tour of the northern half of the country Monday in an Israeli Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, flying from Tel Aviv to the Golan Heights before circling over Jerusalem's Old City. Just in case he didn't immediately absorb the main lesson of the flight — that Israel is a really small...
February 11, 2013 |
A Senate Armed Services Committee vote Tuesday for Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary will not end his image issues. At the confirmation hearing on Jan. 31, Hagel appeared to be unprepared and open to bullying. I'm not saying the former Nebraska senator's lackluster performance will keep him from being confirmed as the next defense secretary by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Enough of his former colleagues will accept the idea that he didn't want to be confrontational or that he was having a bad day. The people Hagel...