Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

Powell defends Hagel as US defense chief pick
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Jan 13, 2013

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell defended Chuck Hagel's nomination to become America's next defense chief Sunday, arguing that the ex-senator has the necessary experience for the job.

Hagel was last week picked by President Barack Obama to take charge at the Pentagon, but he faces a tricky Senate confirmation hearing given skepticism among some US lawmakers, especially over several past remarks regarding Israel.

Powell, however, who like Hagel served in Vietnam, rejected those doubts and said Obama's choice should be rubber-stamped by lawmakers given his strong war record and wide respect among US armed forces members and their families.

"He's had a very, very distinguished public service record that he can stand on," Powell said NBC's "Meet the Press," program.

"There are a lot of comments about different things he's said over the years, and I think he'll have a chance to respond to all those comments at his confirmation hearings."

Analysts and commentators note that Hagel, a Republican, is known for a non-interventionist approach to foreign policy, and is believed to be strongly opposed to the use of military force to tackle Iran's nuclear program.

Hagel, who backed then president George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq but later turned sharply against the conflict, has blasted Iran war talk as "dangerous."

Such a stance has outraged conservatives who fear Hagel could undermine US threats of force, adding to the Pentagon nominee's reputation as a somewhat reviled figure among Republicans in the wake of his apostasy over Iraq.

But Powell said there was no doubt about Hagel's mettle when it comes to fighting battles.

"He knows what war is and he will fight a war if necessary, but he will do it with great deliberation and care," Powell said, noting that ambassadors and members of the US defense and intelligence community regard Hagel as "a solid guy who speaks his mind."

"He's a good supporter of Israel and he's been there and the record will show that, but he's not reluctant to disagree when he thinks disagreement is appropriate," Powell said of Hagel.

Remarking on Israel's concerns over Iran's nuclear intentions, Powell said use of US military force was still "feasible," but added: "I'm glad that we have people like the president and Chuck Hagel who will be very careful."

Speculation about a possible unilateral Israeli strike on Tehran's nuclear facilities reached fever pitch last year, but ultimately came to nothing, amid reports of strong US opposition to any such move.


Related Links
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

China launches fighters amid Japan dispute: state media
Beijing (AFP) Jan 11, 2013
Beijing sent fighter jets to the East China Sea after Japanese aircraft followed a Chinese plane in a territorial dispute, the defence ministry said Friday according to state media. A ministry official told a press conference that two J-10 fighters flew to the area on Thursday to monitor two Japanese F-15 fighters that had trailed a Chinese Y-8 aircraft, China's official Xinhua news agency s ... read more

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract for Production of PAC-3 Missiles

Turkey Patriot missiles operational by Feb: NATO

Russia to add 3 new anti-missile radars

Dutch Patriot missiles head for Turkey's Syria border

Short-range ballistic missile again fired in Syria: NATO

Iran develops new missile launcher

Thatcher 'warned France to cut off Exocets in Falklands war'

Raytheon awarded $254.6 million for Tomahawk missile

Northrop Grumman, Cassidian Fly First Sensor-Equipped Euro Hawk

TerraLuma Selects Headwall's Micro Hyperspec for UAV Applications

Elbit Systems to Supply Long-Range Observation Systems to the Israeli Ministry of Defense

US Army Awards AeroVironment Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Contract

TS Receives Funding For SNAP Deployable Satellite Systems Equipment

MUOS Waveform Will Improve Secure Communications Capabilities

DARPA selects SwRI's K-band space crosslink radio for flight development as part of System F6 Program

BAE pulls out of Australian comms tender

Elbit Systems to Supply the Israeli Ministry of Defense with Cardom Artillery Systems

British military drops US pistol for Austrian gun

Raytheon's Quick Kill System Defeats Lethal Armor-Piercing RPGs

SAIC Awarded Contract By U.S. Army Environmental Command

Bulgaria cancels privatisation of defence group VMZ

US military ordered to prepare for fiscal 'perfect storm'

Ex-Russia defence chief faces graft charges

Dassault, India tussle over supply chains

Powell defends Hagel as US defense chief pick

Japan boosts defence of disputed islands

Jackie Chan calls US 'most corrupt' country in the world

China launches fighters amid Japan dispute: state media

New nanotech fiber: Robust handling, shocking performance

Southampton scientist develops strongest, lightest glass nanofibres in the world

Nanoparticles reach new peaks

Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement