It is clear that members of the Republican party have only one desire in life-attack, smear, discredit anyone President Obama recommends for a government position. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta ripped into Republican Congressmen for their vicious assault on former Senator Chuck Hagel. As Panetta noted; “they talked a lot about past quotes, but what about what a secretary of defense is confronting today?”He went on to speak the truth. “it’s pretty obvious that the political knives were out for Chuck Hagel.”
As Panetta noted, an opportunity to engage in serious discussion regarding Afghanistan or a realistic policy toward Iran was swept away in the quest for destroy a man who had served his nation. The performance was much like Republicans in 2004 who claimed a war hero like John Kerry was really a coward. Of course, few among these Republicans can shine the shoes of Hagel when it comes to bravery and fighting for his country.