Hagel Speaks Out

This came in from a regular who asked to remain anonymous, with a request to be posted. We shall honor both requests. I have edited slightly.

  • Somehow this interview with Chuck Hagel and the article from that interview in Foreign Policy was missed. Without mentioning names, Mr. Hagel suggested that Dr. Susan Rice the current National Security Advisor to the President tried to destroy him.
  • There are two Doctors Rice. There is Dr. Rice (die Größte or the Smarter) who is now once again at Stanford University educating young minds. Then there is Dr. Rice (die Lesser or the Dumber) who continues to screw things up in Washington.
  • A couple of observations.
  • Bring back the adults; even in old age, working just four hours a day Kissinger, Brzezinski, and Scowcroft could do better than the ass clowns we have had in there the last fifteen years. (Even though Dr. Rice (die Größte) was part of previous administration it is clear that both she and Colin Powell were blocked and out maneuvered by the neo-conservatives in the Pentagon.)
  • What goes on in the White House is not an International Relations Seminar but has consequences.
  • The NSC is not an executive agency, it does not command, it formulates and synchronizes. It needs to be downsized and restored to its proper position.
  • Just because we can doesn’t mean the NSC should micromanage either the Department of State or the Pentagon.
  • Likewise neither should the Pentagon or any four star headquarters micromanage tactical operations. I remember being dumbfounded in Iraq when the four star MNF-I Commander (Casey) was talking on Tactical Satellite Radio with a Company Commander outside Najaf.
  • If we are going to truly wage war on [ISIS] either declare war and fight in properly both in public and in shadows; otherwise bring the troops home.
  • If we are going to fight the war, pay for it through a war sur tax [sic].
  • Having said that we should declare war on [ISIS] our most important weapon is not our military but it is our way of life, our freedoms, our respect for all religions, and it is our ability to wage an information war not of propaganda but of truth. It is also our ability through a focused National Security Policy that puts the Diplomatic, Economic, and Informational elements of national power ahead of the military.
  • The United States cannot go it alone. We have to find a way to work with Russia.
  • While Assad is troublesome, we can put off any discussions regarding his future until later.
  • Russia is playing three dimensional chess while the United States plays checkers.

End of missive. Comments are open!

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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