Skip to comments.Vietnam scars shape Hagelís outlook
Posted on 12/20/2012 9:16:21 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
Shards from a Vietcong mine are still embedded in Chuck Hagels chest, 44 years after his infantry squad walked into a booby trap in the Vietnam jungle. Scar tissue marks the left side of his face from another mine explosion, barely a month after his first brush with death.
I remember, Hagel told an interviewer for the Library of Congresss Veterans History Project in 2002, thinking to myself, you know, if I ever get out of all of this, I am going to do everything I can to assure that war is the last resort that we, a nation, a people, calls upon to settle a dispute. The horror of it, the pain of it, the suffering of it. People just dont understand it unless theyve been through it.
Today, Hagel, 66, heads President Obamas shortlist of candidates to lead the Pentagon. If he is nominated by the White House and confirmed by the Senate, he would become the first defense secretary with a Purple Heart, the combat decoration for those wounded in battle, since Elliot L. Richardson, who held the job briefly during the Nixon administration.
Hagel served 24 months in the Army as an enlisted grunt before embarking on successful careers in business and politics that saw him earn millions and win election to the Senate, twice, as a Republican from Nebraska.
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Puff piece - ya think?
So “Vietnam scars” are responsible for his hating Israel ?
War as a last resort.
Except for Israel.
Hagel is still a POS who can rot in hell for all care. This and hating Jews is probably why Obama likes this worthless turd.
Hagel’s appointment would be a calculated snub of the military.
The same lesson that seems to have reared it's ugly head in Afghanistan.