BMG has been awfully quiet about these two picks. Wondering what everyone else thinks?
My quick take:
Still not sure what was gained by dumping Rice and picking the fight over Hagel. I like the guy, like his anti-war record, his neutrality on Israel and continuing the good tenure of Gates and Panetta. Not sure if Flournoy would’ve been any different, she is arguably more qualified and we would have a first female Defense Secretary who is a solid Democrat first. Clearly Hagel is not a bipartisan pick. But he should do good.
I think a lot of criticism directed at him is fair, I hope he gets grilled on drones and torture at the hearings, that said I suspect he will roll back the CIAs program and hopefully allow te executive program to die after the Afghan pullout.