This week, the Senate will take up another vote to move forward on Sen. Chuck HagelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nomination as secretary of defense. I believe he should be confirmed.
His confirmation would send the signal that President ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second term will be more diplomacy-oriented and less hawkish in its relations with the Muslim world.
Sen. Hagel has a depth of knowledge of foreign affairs and connections with key players in the international arena that will serve him and our nation well as secretary of defense.
While I cannot endorse all the administrationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s defense policies Ã¢â‚¬“ particularly the counterproductive drone assassination program and actions relating to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq Ã¢â‚¬“ Sen. HagelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s confirmation may offer a path to re-building the tattered relations we currently have with so many regions and nations that are vital to our national interests.