President Barack Obama’s first two defense secretaries on Tuesday night questioned his Syria strategy and said they would have told him not to seek Congress’ approval for a strike on President Bashar Assad’s forces.
House Republicans insist the Obama administration is covering up information about last year’s deadly assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, rejecting administration assurances to the contrary and stoking a controversy with implications for the 2016 presidential race.
Senators who nearly buried Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel found reasons to praise him on Wednesday.
A moderate Republican senator said Wednesday she’ll oppose the confirmation of Chuck Hagel to become President Barack Obama’s secretary of defense, while other GOP senators signaled they may delay a floor vote on the nomination unless the White House provides more information about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
A bitterly divided Senate panel has voted to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation’s defense secretary.
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee pushed ahead Monday with plans for a vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary despite Republican demands for more financial information from President Barack Obama’s choice.
Republican senators hammered former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing Thursday on issues ranging from Israel and Iran to his support for a group that advocates the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. said Tuesday that he expects to have a continued good working relationship with President Barack Obama’s administration despite changes in the U.S. diplomatic corps.
The Afghan war effort eventually would be harmed by across-the-board budget cuts, even as the Obama administration intends to shield the military’s combat mission from the reductions, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official said Friday.
On Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce his decision to end the ban that prevents women from serving in military combat roles.