Hagelian Didactics

Two interesting tidbits from GOP senator and potential Obama Secretary of State (or Defense) Chuck Hagel:

Hagel sent a letter to Condi Rice in February warning that already frayed relations with the Russians would worsen by backing Kosovar independence. He warned of unintended consequences and inflaming Russian sentiment against our strategic interests.

It is now pretty clear the the Russo-Georgian conflict arose, in part, as a result the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo. This precedent enabled Russia to legitimately embrace claims of independence by South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Prescient Hagel. And also truthful. From an interview yesterday with the Omaha World Herald:

Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska is the nation’s most prominent Republican officeholder to publicly question whether Sarah Palin has the experience to serve as president.

“She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials,” Hagel said Wednesday in an interview. “You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything.”

Palin was elected governor of Alaska in 2006 and before that was the mayor of a small town.

Democrats have raised questions about Palin since Sen. John McCain picked her as his vice presidential running mate. Most national Republican officeholders have rallied to Palin’s candidacy.

Palin has cited the proximity of Alaska to Russia as evidence of her international experience.

Hagel scoffed at that notion.

“I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,'” he said. “That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.”

Chuck Hagel is droppin’ science.

And since the GOP doesn’t listen to him, I hope that Obama does and appoints him to his cabinet.


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