Chuck Hagel

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Chuck Hagel

Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel (born October 4, 1946) is the 24th and current United States Secretary of Defense, serving since 2013. He is a former United States Senator from Nebraska. A member of the Republican Party, he was first elected in 1996 and was reelected in 2002. He declined to run for reelection in 2008. He is often characterized as a political maverick and moderate, similar to fellow Vietnam War veteran Republican Senator John McCain.

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Senate confirmation hearings[edit]

Dick Cheney hunting incident[edit]

North Korea's purported first nuclear test[edit]

War on Terrorism[edit]

Conflict in Iraq[edit]

  • This is a ping-pong game with American lives. These young men and women that we put in Anbar province, in Iraq, in Baghdad, are not beans. They're real lives. And we better be damn sure we know what we're doing, all of us, before we put 22,000 more Americans into that grinder.

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