Monday, January 28, 2013

Why Obama chose Hagel

Is Obama wrong to say in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech,

“The instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace. And yet this truth must coexist with another — that no matter how justified, war promises human tragedy. The soldier’s courage and sacrifice is full of glory, expressing devotion to country, to cause, to comrades in arms. But war itself is never glorious” — Churchill had called it that — “and we must never trumpet it as such. So part of our challenge is reconciling these two seemingly irreconcilable truths — that war is sometimes necessary and war at some level is an expression of human folly.”

Bob Woodward says the above quote from Obama's speech is probably the best definition of Obama's doctrine on war. Woodward says that Obama has found a soul mate in Chuck Hagel, who Woodward says visited Obama soon after his first inauguration and advised Obama to avoid quagmires like Afghanistan and to be leery of advice he was getting from the Pentagon. Read more here:

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