100 Minutes on Chuck Hagel


Sunday morning this week on C-Span Washington Journal, I spent some quality time with former Project for a New American Century Executive Director and now AEI scholar Gary Schmitt discussing Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be President Obama’s Secretary of Defense. C-Span’s Steve Scully anchored the discussion — which was wide-ranging and in my view, enlightening.

The entire segment is one hour and forty minutes and includes some fascinating historical clips of speeches by and interviews with Chuck Hagel in the C-Span video library files.

Schmitt raised numerous interesting issues — and we got to the nub of the key strategic debate about how the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars fit into America’s strategic narrative. Schmitt’s concerns acknowledged, he nonetheless believes Senator Hagel will be confirmed.

The show is well worth watching.

— Steve Clemons


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