Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward,
by Charlyne Berens
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OnTheIssues.org BOOK REVIEW:
Chuck Hagel is the Secretary of Defense, the highest ranking Republican in President Obama's Cabinet. Prior to Obama's presidency, Hagel was the Senior Senator from Nebraska, an office he was serving when this biography was written. The purpose of the book was to explore whether Hagel would run for the presidency in 2008; the author predicted he would.
Hagel did participate in an early presidential forum in 2007, and wrote an autobiography which seemed to be leading towards entering the race, but Hagel opted out. During the 2008 race, Hagel was considered for Vice President by Barack Obama and considered for Secretary of State by John McCain. Hagel ended up retiring from the Senate in 2009, then taking four years off from public life, until the Secretary of Defense appointment in 2013.
Hagel clearly has the ambition and desire to run for president in 2016 (he would be 70 years old, not likely to be even the oldest entrant in the race). And his experience in Obama's cabinet means he breaches the partisan divide that so overwhelms Congress today. Hence he is an interesting possibility, and certainly on "short lists" for vice president, too. This book is the only Hagel biography; it contrasts with his autobiography by including the scandals Hagel has been involved with (see pp. 61-3, e.g., where the FCC changed the rules of cellphone licensing after Hagel "gamed" them). A good read for those interested in Hagel as a candidate -- but otherwise pretty dated.
-- Jesse Gordon, OnTheIssues editor-in-chief, December 2013
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| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Ban on partial birth abortion reflects will of majority.
Budget & Economy|
1999: Federal surplus mostly conjured by finessing numbers.
Marriage is sacred oath between a man & a woman.
1999: Ran Private Sector Council,linking feds with companies.
1996: No on Department of Education; yes on school choice.
Energy & Oil|
Kyoto Protocol would hurt US businesses & slow growth by 1%.
Not convinced by science, but willing to work with allies.
Farm bill helps large agribusiness, not farmers & ranchers.
Families & Children|
Father died when Chuck was a teen; Chuck raised his siblings.
Turning our backs on internationalism is dead wrong.
Consistently supports cooperation through NATO and the UN.
Opposes unilateral trade sanctions against Cuba & Iran.
Bloated federal bureaucracy should devolve to states.
1998: Opposed severe controls on political donations.
Banning guns doesn't fix underlying behavior problem.
Allow Medicare to cover some cost of prescription drugs.
1960s: Enlisted in army & volunteered for Vietnam.
1980s: Appointed president of USO; streamlined its staff.
1984: Oversaw distributing $180M for Agent Orange vets.
Tie work to legal residency; legalize after 5 years.
Principles & Values|
1979: Married wife Patsy; but divorced by 1982.
Return our culture to values that made America great.
We need $35T to fix system before it collapses.
Pledge to never raise taxes is irresponsible.
1980s: Gathered investors for early cellphone franchise.
1970: One of the earliest political radio talk-show hosts.
1980s: Made millions by parlaying cellphone licenses.
War & Peace|
Supported war in Vietnam, to stop Communism.
By 2004, cringed at Vietnam as an abstraction to save face.
We need to question Iraq because we didn't question Vietnam.
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The above quotations are from Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward,
by Charlyne Berens.
Books by and about Cabinet Members:
- Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward, by Charlyne Berens
- Between Worlds, by Gov. Bill Richardson, Secretary of Commerce-designee
- Critical: What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis, by Sen. Tom Daschle, Secretary of Health & Human Services-designee
- Dreams from My Father:, by Sen. Barack Obama, President-elect
- It Takes A Village, by Sen. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State-designee
- Leading by Example, by Gov. Bill Richardson, Secretary of Commerce-designee
- Like No Other Time: The Two Years That Changed America, by Sen. Tom Daschle, Secretary of Health & Human Services-designee
- Living History, by Sen. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State-designee
- Profiles In Courage, by John F. Kennedy
- Profiles In Courage For Our Time, by Caroline Kennedy, including chapter on Rep. Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor-designee
- Promises to Keep, by Sen. Joe Biden, Vice President-elect
- The Audacity of Hope, by Sen. Barack Obama, President-elect
- No Higher Honor, by Condoleezza Rice (2011)
- My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me, by Condoleezza Rice (2012)
- The Plan: Big Ideas for Change in America, by Rahm Emanuel
- The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless, by Naftali Bendavid; profiling Rep. Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff
- For the Record, by Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan