Many lobbying groups, especially those that depend for support on the fears of folks (Israeli or otherwise), try to make Congress do dumb things, Senator McCain. To answer the Senator’s question, Mr. Hagel should respond; however much I consider my own hindsight as infallible as my foresight must have been, your opinion, of course, may differ.
A prime military directive during draw-down from occupation must, I’m sure, be to cover your butt; but the results of that maneuver during the Iraq surge should not have been exposed during the confirmation hearing by Mr. Hagel (mooning Sen. McCain), in my opinion, because of the controversial issues that the committee members would not be comfortable discussing in that regard. Were you wrong Senator?
The between conceited “conviction” (blind-orthodoxy) and explanatory authority (consensus/assent) has unnecessarily rent the veil of truth, poetically speaking. “Fairness” (as opposed to “objectivity”) applies to litigants in cases of jurisprudence, not to scientific evidence and honest intellectual review (confidence) about what we judge factual – disreputable and/or deceptive ideas should fall away.
I find only rare difference between the heavy responsibilities of reasonableness and the private duties of virtuousness; but the fabrication of both has been shifted and wrinkled franticly (in social fits and starts), mostly without the hot iron of logical rigor to even the pattern, I fear.
Does the “sequester” reduce State Department budget? Is the across-the-board polity of taking a hatchet to budgets that some would rather not be calculated at all an acceptable “balancing” technique?
Is there a Boy Scout merit badge for compliant sexual practice?
Is the “civil” (public trust) aspect of the civil defense problem of cyber command abandoned, and will we rely on the NSA and Pentagon for solution of those problems – is transparency possible?