Chuck Hagel: moving forward by Charlyne Berens

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By Charlyne Berens

In overdue August 2004 the Republicans have been celebrating the nomination of incumbent George W. Bush for one more time period as president of the U.S.. in the middle of the festivities, Chuck Hagel, a senator from Nebraska, was once telling journalists that the Republican celebration had “come free of its moorings.” This was once a daring place for somebody pointed out through the hot York instances, l. a. occasions, and Boston Globe as a potential 2008 presidential candidate, however it used to be now not astonishing coming from a Republican senator who had additionally lately remarked that the career of Iraq was once poorly deliberate and that it had inspired the unfold of terror cells through the international. who's Chuck Hagel, what's his tale, and is he a real participant at the nationwide political level? Charlyne Berens units out to reply to those questions in her shut and cautious examine some of the most attention-grabbing and autonomous figures at the present American political scene. Having survived a travel of accountability in Vietnam and having made a fortune as a pioneer within the mobile phone undefined, Chuck Hagel possible got here out of nowhere to overcome a well-liked sitting governor in a race for the U.S. Senate in 1996. Berens charts Hagel’s fast upward push to nationwide reputation and effect and examines the historical past that has led Hagel to an outspoken internationalism that regularly places him at odds along with his personal occasion and president. This advanced, plain-spoken Nebraskan might be on his approach to the White condo. Charlyne Berens explains why and the way.

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There was nothing positive to being a veteran then,” Moody said. Perhaps the instant closeness felt by those veterans who were later elected to the Senate arose in part because of their shared memories of those postwar years. In fact, John McCain, a Republican senator from Arizona, alluded to exactly that when he posed for pictures with five fellow Senate Vietnam vets in December 1996. For years, he said, Vietnam had been political poison. He recalled, “I never thought there would be six of us here.

It was particularly appalling that the president had sent his daughter, a young woman everyone liked, to lie to his colleagues in Congress. “It really shook the party and its whole foundation,” Hagel recalled. As a staff member Hagel didn’t have the investment in the party and the system that McCollister did, but he remembers sharing his boss’s disappointment. He recalls telling fellow staffers that the Watergate scandal was going to transform American politics and make things very difficult for Republicans.

The project was top secret, and the trainees and their mail were closely monitored. Phone calls were simply off limits. Hagel isn’t sure why he was chosen for the project. He thinks it must have been on the basis of tests the soldiers took during basic training. At any rate, they were to learn how to operate a brand-new weapon the army was pretty sure the Soviet Union didn’t have: a heat-seeking, shoulder-fired missile. After their three-month training period, the ten elite recruits were to be sent to Europe and integrated into the nato system.

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