Top Dems Support Hagel, But Stop Short of Guaranteeing Confirmation

In a sign of the trouble Chuck Hagel faces in winning support to head the Pentagon, two top Senate Democrats offered praise for former senator –but stopped short of assuring his confirmation. President Obama made official on Monday his choice of Hagel to be the next secretary of defense, an expected nomination that’s already come under extreme fire. The president also named counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA. Hagel faces opposition from the left and right: from the left for controversial comments about gays, and for the right for positions on Iran, Israel and others. “Senator Hagel has a deep understanding of the national security establishment, which grew out of his experiences as a decorated war veteran, a … Continue reading