Chuck Hagel was sworn in as U.S. defense secretary today, battered politically by a confirmation fight even as he takes on challenges from Pentagon budget cuts to withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that the U.S. and its allies will probably impose a “no-fly zone” over Syria and take other “more aggressive action” against the Syrian regime.
President Barack Obama sees in Chuck Hagel a new Pentagon chief who, as a decorated Vietnam War veteran, can stand up to generals at a tight budgetary time and shares his doubts about open-ended military commitments.
The nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel as defense secretary is a fresh opportunity to trot out the canard that the prime requisite for the Pentagon job is managerial expertise. After all, the secretary manages an annual budget of more than $600 billion and 3.1 million military and civilian employees.
Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen talks about the outlook for imposition of a no-fly zone in Syria, U.S.-China relations and the need for an agreement to avoid automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts. He spoke with Al Hunt on Bloomberg Television's "Political Capital With Al Hunt." (Source: Bloomberg)