Letter: Hagel’s Hard-Earned Cautiousness
To the Editor:
I write in complete agreement with Fred Kaplan’s op-ed (“The Real Reason Senate Republicans Hate Hagel’s Nomination,” Jan. 8) in which he endorses Chuck Hagel for secretary of state. Kaplan refers to certain Republicans who oppose Hagel’s nomination because he is too “dovish.” I find it interesting that hawks such as William Kristol and Elliot Abrams who have been so vocal in their opposition to Hagel have never served in the military. They were somehow “otherwise engaged” during the Vietnam War when Hagel was wounded and received two Purple Hearts . Yet they criticize what they deem his overcautious attitudes about military action. I, for one, am grateful for men like Hagel who are reluctant to rush into war.