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Rich Lowry: A war for show

...don't think Obama has been tough enough in taking on Islamic radicals.The critics include two of his former defense secretaries, both of whom have taken the extraordinary step of publicly criticizing him. Who knows what Chuck Hagel eventually...
ISIS plans may need to expand

...from the air, or strictly depending on the Iraqi forces or the peshmerga," said Robert Gates, Obama's former defense secretary, using one of the acronyms for the Islamic State group. "So there will be boots on the ground if there's to...

...broadly, trying to figure out how to help the refugees escape from "a completely unacceptable situation," British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said.The Yazidis follow an ancient religion, with roots in Zoroastrianism, which the Islamic State...
Cal Thomas: Obama's foreign policy nonexistent

...headlines are depressing: "Obama Suffers Setbacks in Japan and the Mideast" (New York Times); "Pentagon: (Defense Secretary Chuck) Hagel's Russian Counterpart won't return his calls" (Fox News); and these two from the May issue...

...of Seven leaders in Brussels. Obama's top foreign policy advisers, including Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and national security adviser Susan Rice, are also expected to follow the president's address with...
Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard, leaving 13 people dead, including the gunman. After that shooting, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Pentagon to review security at all U.S. defense installations worldwide and examine the...
What other's say: Stalemate between parties prevents progress the demands of these legislators, whose power was exercised in committee meetings and budget decisions.The defense secretary's problem with political opportunism in Washington was constant.Given that background, Gates makes a number...

...outrage from defense hawks. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Obama's proposal "guts our defense."Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the $28 billion in extra defense money that Obama seeks would permit the Pentagon to increase training...

...after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in London.NATO defense ministers met in Brussels, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel emerged appealing for calm."These are difficult times," he said, "but these are times for cool...
Rich Lowry: A military budget of delusion

...actually experiencing austerity worthy of the name.Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled a military budget that will...sequester isn't further relaxed - even fewer. Most defense secretaries aspire to be the next George Marshall. Secretary...


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