Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) has a speech ready to go today at the Brookings Institution (11 a.m.) that is very significant — and is focused on the Middle East crisis and on the question of American engagement in the world.
I have had the opportunity to read his prepared remarks, but my comments are embargoed until 11 a.m.
All I can and will say is that the speech formally titled “A Defining Time for 21st Century American Leadership” could just as easily be called Hagel’s clarion call to “ENGAGE, ENGAGE, ENGAGE”.
It’s masterful in its implied criticism of the foreign policy floundering taking place now, but it is still hopeful.
I will be there and will report back. I’ll also post the speech on TWN at 11 a.m.
— Steve Clemons