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Chuck Hagel: Rogue Defense Conversationalist?

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Quick: Put this guy in charge before he goes back on script

Former U.S. Senator Hagel smiles as he and his wife Lilibet arrive for his swearing-in and his first day as Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon in Arlington

Phil Stewart writing for Reuters today caught the newly confirmed Secretary of Defense in an unguarded moment. In that moment—behold—candor:

“We can’t dictate to the world. But we must engage the world. We must lead with our allies,” Hagel said in what appeared to be unscripted remarks.

It sounds like Stewart was caught off-guard as well, but maybe he should not have been, given Hagel’s record and further comments quoted.

This seems like a positive development to me. Let’s quickly put Hagel to work before he reads and signs on to our usual defense script—maybe he can work out that dialogue before anyone realizes what’s going on.

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Image credit: Reuters

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Written by kirkistan

February 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm

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