Ummmmmm — these things are bad??
Why?? I can understand why defense contractors don’t like it,……. buuuttt
> Hagel, after all, rose to national prominence for his blunt criticism of Bush’s policy in Iraq and his “realist” — even skeptical — outlook on the use of U.S. military force as a tool of international engagement.
> “It’s not all about revenge or retaliation for anti-party stances in the past, but fear of what Hagel’s advice and counsel might be in the future,” Wilkerson told HuffPost in an email. “The hardline GOPers and the neocons have unfulfilled plans — plans for Syria, Iran, and the greater Middle East. These plans, which envision almost endless conflict in the region, are in the main opposed by people such as Hagel.” – Lawrence Wilkerson
> “He was an enlisted guy and a decorated war hero,” said Tommy Vietor, the president’s national security spokesman. “He was talking about how force needs to be used as a last resort when diplomacy is exhausted. That is exactly the president’s view.”
> “There is no doubt that he was right [on Iraq] and it did make some people — does make some people — uncomfortable,” former Obama adviser David Axelrod said. “I think that is part of it. But I think there are a lot of other subplots as well. And there is just the fundamental issue that there are those who want to confront and embarrass Obama wherever they can.” > Paul Eaton, a retired general who served in Iraq and is now a senior advisor at the liberal National Security Network, told HuffPost that Hagel’s history shows that he is “a warrior who is reluctant to embark on war,” and someone who will advocate only a “prudent use of military force.”