Monday night, the Boston Herald ran an editorial calling for President Obama to pull Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel:
The fact Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary has dragged on so long and caused so much teeth-gnashing means it’s probably a good time for President Obama to come up with another candidate. With a Senate vote on Hagel expected this week, it’s not too late to do so.
The Herald points out that there are real concerns about “Hagel’s command of the pressing issues and his policy views.”
“One can only imagine how the troops in the field must feel watching Hagel – potentially their next boss – stumble before the Senate Armed Services Committee over important national security questions,” said the Herald.
Republican lawmakers have already asked President Obama to withdraw Hagel’s nomination; the White House has refused. Barring such a withdrawal, Hagel will in all likelihood be our next Secretary of Defense.