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Questions for Hagel

Posted By Ashton Ellis On January 17, 2013 @ 8:02 pm In posts | Comments Disabled

George Will [1] has some excellent questions that should be put to Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel in the latter’s upcoming confirmation hearings.  Here are my three favorites:

●Do you agree with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s judgment that cuts under sequestration would “hollow out the force”? Can you give examples of procurements or deployments that justify your description of the Defense Department as “bloated [2]”?

●Congress’s power to declare war has atrophied since it was last exercised (against Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary on June 5, 1942). Should Congress authorize America’s wars?

●Speaking of the imperial presidency, do you believe that the use of drones to target specific individuals means presidents have an unreviewable power to kill whomever they define as enemies? Do you favor “signature strikes,” wherein drones attack not identifiable individuals but groups of young males whose characteristics match the “signature” of terrorists?

Read the whole list here [1].

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[1] George Will: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-f-will-some-questions-for-hagel/2013/01/16/d7c016b8-5f41-11e2-9940-6fc488f3fecd_story.html

[2] bloated: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/as-defense-secretary-chuck-hagel-would-face-shrinking-pentagon-immediately/2013/01/07/1f14f8c4-58fa-11e2-95d2-c7e9f0ba96c8_story.html

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