Two things stand out. He gets that the Pentagon has overreached its power and authority . He also gets the corruption of wars .
“The president has not had commander-in-chief control of the Pentagon since Bush senior was president,” Hagel said privately in 2011.
“And then there was the saddest lesson, to be learned again and again . . . that war is corrupting, that it corrodes the soul and tarnishes the spirit, that even the excellent and the superior can be defiled, and that no heart would remain unstained.”
Support from four former national security advisers and four former U.S. ambassadors to Israel will help buttress the anti-Hagel drive.
Hagel is being supported by:
... retired senior military, intelligence, and foreign service officers who share a "realist" foreign policy perspective and oppose the kind of adventurism favoured by neo-conservatives, including Kristol, who led the charge into Iraq 10 years ago and are now beating the drums for war with Iran...
...four former national security advisers, including Brent Scowcroft (Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan), Zbigniew Brzezinski (Jimmy Carter), Gen. James Jones (Obama), and a former Reagan defence secretary, Frank Carlucci, as well as several former chiefs of the U.S. Central Command (CentCom) have signed letters in support of Hagel."
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