Re: The President Obama Thread
Democrats have adopted Hagel as their poster boy for the same reason Republicans have adopted Manchin as theirs. He says what they want to hear. Hagel isn't a strong choice for SecDef, IMO.
It is a shame that Obama cannot get Gates to come out of retirement. Gates was probably the best SecDef we've had since....well....Dick Cheney. For all Cheney's shortcomings as VP, he was a great Defense Secretary (his handling of the first Iraq War was inspired).