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Vietnam scars shape Hagelís outlook
The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Craig Whitlock

Posted on 12/20/2012 9:16:21 AM PST by MinorityRepublican

Shards from a Vietcong mine are still embedded in Chuck Hagel’s 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 Congress’s 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 don’t understand it unless they’ve been through it.”

Today, Hagel, 66, heads President Obama’s 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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1 posted on 12/20/2012 9:16:24 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Puff piece - ya think?


2 posted on 12/20/2012 9:22:18 AM PST by frogjerk (Obama Claus is coming to town!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

So “Vietnam scars” are responsible for his hating Israel ?


3 posted on 12/20/2012 9:23:33 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: MinorityRepublican

War as a last resort.

Except for Israel.


4 posted on 12/20/2012 9:30:14 AM PST by DPMD
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To: MinorityRepublican
Benedict Arnold was a great combat veteran too.
5 posted on 12/20/2012 9:47:40 AM PST by Happy Rain (Which fires first? The gun or the 2nd Amendment haters?)
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To: frogjerk

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.


6 posted on 12/20/2012 9:48:13 AM PST by ohioman
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To: Happy Rain

Great post!


7 posted on 12/20/2012 9:49:35 AM PST by ohioman
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To: MinorityRepublican

Hagel’s appointment would be a calculated snub of the military.


8 posted on 12/20/2012 12:16:02 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: MinorityRepublican
One lesson from Viet Nam is not to let politicians control the war-fighting straategies so as to maximize the number of wasted lives before surrendering...

The same lesson that seems to have reared it's ugly head in Afghanistan.

IMHO...

9 posted on 12/20/2012 2:46:21 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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