More Smears, and Support, for Hagel

The fight over the possible nomination of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense can be defined as a battle waged with smears from the one side, and thoughtful, evidence-backed arguments from the other. Too simplistic to be true? Case in point.… Continue Reading  

4 National Security Advisers, Friedman Voice Support for Hagel

As the fight over the possible nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense continues, it’s worth noting two new contributions in his favor. In a letter to the editor to the Washington Post, whose initial, remarkably silly editorial… Continue Reading  

Taking a break

We’re not going away. There’s just going to be reduced posting until January 1. We thank you, as always, for your support and readership. Happy holidays and here’s to peace and justice for the New Year. photo credit: Katariina Järvinen… Continue Reading  

Chas Freeman Speaks out on Anti-Hagel Smear Campaign

As readers of this blog know, I have the highest regard for Amb. Chas Freeman (ret.) not only as one of this country’s most accomplished diplomats, but also as a extraordinarily insightful analyst of current global developments and their impact on… Continue Reading  

Wolfowitz Endorses Flournoy; Cornyn, Jenn Rubin Can’t Read

Two interesting — but little-noted — developments on the Hagel front over the last couple of days. First, Paul Wolfowitz endorsed former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy to replace Leon Panetta based on her understanding of and advocacy… Continue Reading