Who is Chuck Hagel?
Senator Chuck Hagel is a former Nebraska Senator and a Republican “moderate” who is also a decorated Vietnam combat veteran, and was wounded during the Viet Nam War. Considering this history, he is very likely to support a more rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. President Barack Obama knows Hagel and has a personal relationship with him that was forged when they were in the Senate together. At 66, Hagel is identified by most as an independent thinker and his frankness in debate is legendary.
Initially, Hagel backed the Iraq war but after witnessing a string of abuses on the part of the Bush Administration, he became one of its most fierce and credible critics. He opposed the “surge” supported by Senator McCain and other Neo-conservative politicians. His opposition to sending more than 30,000 additional troops to Iraq during the Bush administration is credited with stabilizing…
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