Defense Sec. Nominee Hagel Confronted: 'Why Have the Iranians Endorsed You?'
Kyle Becker | On 31, Jan 2013
Great question. But since everyone is so hung up on follow-up nowadays, let’s also ask why the current president was endorsed by Hugo Chavez, Raul Castro’s daughter, and Vladimir Putin, according to the Washington Times. The president’s opponent Mitt Romney, on the other hand, was blasted by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
President Obama is slated to slash $487 billion from the defense budget over ten years, even as the left blames a drop in defense spending in the last quarter of 2012 for the nation’s economic output going into the red. Some have speculated that Hagel was selected for Defense Secretary to carry out a drastic reduction in United States military capability. Foreign Policy magazine has noted that opposition to Hagel’s nomination has come from the political right and the left side of the aisle.
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