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  • Kerry: Diplomacy Is Hard Work

    On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry took off on his first foreign trip of the capitals of Western Europe and the Arab world. The focus of the trip is the just-about-impossible task of creating international consensus on ending the civil war in Syria at a an international conference in … More

    Benghazi Snags the Brennan Nomination

    The White House reportedly agreed on Friday to provide the Senate Intelligence Committee with documents on the terrorist attack against the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last September. Getting to the bottom of the Benghazi affair has been like pulling teeth ever since that fateful night that cost the … More

    Inhofe to Senate: Don't Confirm Hagel

    Senator James Inhofe (R–OK) has sent a letter urging members to vote against confirming former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Defense Secretary. This letter follows on the heels of the letter from a group of 14 Senators urging President Obama to withdraw the nomination. The Senate returns from recess Monday, … More

    Another Incriminating Hagel Speech

    Yet another of former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) speeches has now come back to bite him, and it could be the straw that topples his nomination for Secretary of Defense. This time, it is a speech given on November 8, 2007, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), … More

    Senators to Obama: Withdraw Hagel’s Nomination

    Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R–TX) and 14 other U.S. Senators sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to withdraw former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) nomination for Secretary of Defense. The President should listen. The powerful letter is a sign of the mounting opposition to Hagel’s confirmation, which … More

    The Hagel Nomination and the Dangerous Folly of “Global Zero”

    North Korea’s third nuclear test and inflammatory YouTube threats against President Obama and American troops have placed the nuclear debate front and center in the nomination fight over former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) as Secretary of Defense. Hagel’s radical views on nuclear disarmament are in line with those of President … More

    The Hagel Confirmation Battle Is About One Thing: Competence

    The battle over the confirmation of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense boils down to one thing and one thing only: competence. On this one all-important criterion, Hagel flatly fails the test. A variety of arguments have been made in favor of Hagel that have nothing to … More

    The Case Against Hagel

    Some time has been gained to consider: Is former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel qualified to be Secretary of Defense? The number is growing of those who say the answer is “No.” Today, Heritage’s James Jay Carafano outlined the case against confirming Hagel. Carafano, vice president for foreign policy, writes: The … More

    Senate Deserves Answers on Hagel

    A multitude of questions loom over former Senator Chuck Hagel’s (R–NE) nomination process. It is now up to the Obama Administration to ensure that Senators get the answers comprehensively and not in drips and drabs. For one thing, Hagel’s performance during his confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee … More

    Why the Hagel Nomination Is in Limbo

    The Senate’s vote on Thursday for former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense failed by two votes to achieve a 60-vote majority in favor of cloture. White House spokesman Jay Carney blew a gasket, calling the Senate action on the Hagel nomination “unconscionable.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid … More