America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers by Chuck Hagel

By Chuck Hagel

Senator Chuck Hagel has lengthy been favourite by means of his colleagues on either side of the Senate flooring for his honesty, integrity, and commonsense method of the demanding situations of our instances. The l. a. instances has praised his ''bold positions on international coverage and nationwide security'' and questioned, ''What's to not like?'' In the US: Our subsequent bankruptcy , Nebraska-born Hagel bargains a hard-hitting exam of the present nation of our country and gives great, significant proposals which could advisor the USA again onto the perfect direction.

In the US: Our subsequent bankruptcy , Hagel speaks the reality as he sees it—in a right away and refreshingly unvarnished demeanour. Basing his feedback on thorough examine and cautious concept, in addition to on own perception from his years as a political insider, winning businessman, and adorned conflict hero, he discusses family issues—including the overall healthiness care main issue, immigration, and Social safeguard and Medicare reform—and worldwide weather swap. He confronts overseas coverage difficulties that the present management has bungled or neglected, together with China's starting to be financial system; keep an eye on of U.S. debt; India's and Pakistan's nuclear functions; and Iran's competitive political, ideological, and nuclear stances. He decries the pervasive illness of 3rd international poverty, arguing convincingly that this can be the place the genuine struggle opposed to terrorism needs to commence. continually real to the ideals instilled in his adolescence at the prairie, he speaks passionately approximately service—to one's nation and to one's fellow citizens—as the trail towards a renewed the United States. And, after all, he offers a candid exam of the debacle that's the Iraq battle.

A staunch Republican but a ''hero to liberals'' ( Time ), Hagel asks the cruel questions and can provide immediately solutions to America's such a lot urgent difficulties. the United States: Our subsequent bankruptcy is a major, sincere, and, finally, positive examine our nation's destiny, from an American unique.

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As for the issue of weapons of mass destruction, our trip turned up no evidence or even strong suspicions of evidence of Saddam’s possessing them. In spite of this, the war crowd in the administration grasped for every shred of intelligence no matter how far-fetched, and, in the most chilling and colorful turns of phrase, ominously warned that Iraq was getting close to a nuclear break-out. No solid intelligence ever supported the Bush administration’s most exaggerated contention that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, might be in the process of reconstituting his weapons program, or transferring such technology to terrorist groups.

We have a lot of work to do on the diplomatic track. Not just for military operations against Iraq, should that day come, but for the day after, when the interests and intrigues of outside powers could undermine the fragility of an Iraqi government in transition, whoever governs in Iraq after Saddam Hussein. 39 AMERICA: OUR NEXT CHAPTER An American military operation in Iraq could require a commitment in Iraq that could last for years and extend well beyond the day of Saddam’s departure. The American people need to understand the political, economic, and military magnitude and risks that would be inevitable if we invaded Iraq.

52 CHAPTER 3 IRAQ II WHERE WAS CONGRESS? ” Congress held hearings, members met privately with the president and his National Security Council, and Congress debated and ultimately voted on an Iraqi War resolution. I knew (as did some of my colleagues) that there was a showdown coming between the administration and Congress when Alberto Gonzalez, who was White House counsel at the time, wrote a memo to the president that effectively said, “Mr. ” This seemed preposterous to me and certainly not within the spirit or the letter of the Constitution.

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