Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward by Charlyne Berens

By Charlyne Berens

In past due August 2004 the Republicans have been celebrating the nomination of incumbent George W. Bush for an additional time period as president of the us. in the course of the festivities, Chuck Hagel, a senator from Nebraska, was once telling journalists that the Republican social gathering had “come unfastened of its moorings.” This used to be a daring place for somebody pointed out through the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe as a potential 2008 presidential candidate, however it used to be no longer staggering coming from a Republican senator who had additionally lately remarked that the profession of Iraq used to be poorly deliberate and that it had inspired the unfold of terror cells during the international. who's Chuck Hagel, what's his tale, and is he a real participant at the nationwide political degree? Charlyne Berens units out to reply to those questions in her shut and cautious examine the most attention-grabbing and autonomous figures at the present American political scene.

Having survived a journey of accountability in Vietnam and having made a fortune as a pioneer within the mobile phone undefined, Chuck Hagel possible got here out of nowhere to overcome a favored sitting governor in a race for the U.S. Senate in 1996. Berens charts Hagel’s fast upward thrust to nationwide popularity and effect and examines the heritage that has led Hagel to an outspoken internationalism that frequently places him at odds together with his personal get together and president. This complicated, plain-spoken Nebraskan should be on his approach to the White apartment. Charlyne Berens explains why and how.

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Some, the column implied, saw the criticism as simply a ploy to generate publicity for a potential presidential campaign. Hagel, the Vietnam vet, struck back, writing his own column that appeared in the World-Herald, taking issue with Andersen’s position. Hagel holds that it is his responsibility as a senator to ask the hard questions, questions that “were not asked when we sent young men and women into Vietnam. Where were our elected officials then? Eleven years and fiftyeight thousand deaths later, we lost.

And now he was gone. Betty Hagel had remarried earlier that year, and she and E. J. Breeding, a claims adjuster for Iowa National Insurance, had moved to Hastings to start their new life together. Jim had enrolled at St. Cecilia’s High School in Hastings where he was quarterback for the football team. The first weekend after the football season ended, he and a friend from Hastings went to Columbus to see some buddies there. They had apparently been drinking and were on a gravel road in Nance County when Jim, the driver, lost control of the car and crashed.

If I would have had a male figure or a father to kind of shape me a little bit after I got out of high school and say, ‘Now, listen. These are the options, the consequences. . ’” He had relied on the 24 the early years discipline of athletics to organize his life, he said, but even that structure disappeared after injuries ended his football career. “So I just wandered,” he said. In April 1967 the wandering took Hagel and five other Platte County soldiers-to-be to Omaha. A drill sergeant met their bus and took a look at the list of names.

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