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Chuck Hagel's Nomination For Defense Secretary Supported By Colin Powell
 


13 January 2013 at 6:48:08 PM
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From the LA Times: WASHINGTON -- Retired Gen. Colin Powell offered a vigorous defense of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as the next Defense secretary, even as the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee added questions about Hagel’s temperament to lawmakers’ other concerns about the nominee, particularly his position on Israel.

Powell, former secretary of State to President George W. Bush and a widely respected member of the GOP, had voiced strong support for Hagel shortly after President Obama named the former Nebraska senator as his choice to replace Leon E. Panetta. On Sunday, Powell spelled out further why he regards Hagel as “superbly qualified” for the job.

In an extensive interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Powell lauded Hagel for what he called “a very, very distinguished public service record,” saying Hagel volunteered to serve in the Vietnam War, showed courage in quitting his post at the Veterans Administration to protest poor treatment of veterans, and led the USO, which provides morale and recreation services to troops, while running a private cellphone carrier company.

“So this is a guy who knows veterans, knows the troops, knows the USO,” said Powell, a retired four-star general in the Army. “And when people say, ‘Well, that doesn’t necessarily make him a good candidate for secretary of Defense,’ I’ll tell you who thinks that makes him a good candidate for secretary of Defense: the men and women in the armed forces of the United States and their parents who know that this is a guy will be very careful about putting their lives at risk, because he put his life at risk.”

Powell predicted that the Senate would confirm Hagel's nomination despite what are expected to be tough confirmation hearings, especially over Hagel’s past comments on issues related to Israel, a key American ally.

Among other things, Hagel has been criticized for failing to label Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, and for referring in an interview for a 2008 book to a “Jewish lobby [that] intimidates a lot of people” on Capitol Hill, a statement that some have construed as anti-Semitic.

Powell called such criticism “disgraceful.”

Read the rest: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-colin-powell-offers-strong-defense-of-chuck-hagels-nomination-20130113,0,167678.story

 

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