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Powell Thrilled At Hagel Pick To Lead Defense Department

Powell Thrilled At Hagel Pick To Lead Defense Department

Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.), who clashed frequently with the Department of Defense throughout the first term of President George W. Bush, appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday and backed President Barack Obama’s nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense. Hagel “says what he believes and sticks with it,” Powell noted, while dismissing those who have criticized Hagel’s beliefs about a “Jewish lobby” as “disgraceful.” He predicted that Hagel would be confirmed by the Senate.

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