By Charlyne Berens
In past due August 2004 the Republicans have been celebrating the nomination of incumbent George W. Bush for an additional time period as president of the USA. in the middle of the festivities, Chuck Hagel, a senator from Nebraska, was once telling journalists that the Republican celebration had “come unfastened of its moorings.” This used to be a daring place for somebody pointed out by means of the recent York instances, la instances, and Boston Globe as a potential 2008 presidential candidate, however it used to be now not outstanding coming from a Republican senator who had additionally lately remarked that the profession of Iraq used to be poorly deliberate and that it had inspired the unfold of terror cells during the international. who's Chuck Hagel, what's his tale, and is he a real participant at the nationwide political degree? Charlyne Berens units out to respond to those questions in her shut and cautious examine essentially the most attention-grabbing and self sufficient figures at the present American political scene. Having survived a journey of responsibility in Vietnam and having made a fortune as a pioneer within the mobile phone undefined, Chuck Hagel probably got here out of nowhere to overcome a favored sitting governor in a race for the U.S. Senate in 1996. Berens charts Hagel’s speedy upward thrust to nationwide reputation and impression and examines the historical past that has led Hagel to an outspoken internationalism that frequently places him at odds together with his personal occasion and president. This advanced, plain-spoken Nebraskan could be on his option to the White condo. Charlyne Berens explains why and the way.
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And, like his comrades in arms, he was scared. “You don’t get any sleep, you’re afraid, it’s all uncertain, the heat, the smell . ” Welcome to Vietnam. It was December 4, 1967. Hagel was about to experience what he would later describe as the hardest thing he’s ever done: a year as a combat infantryman at the height of America’s war with Vietnam. Not surprisingly, he believes what he learned there is big part of who is he is today. Funny thing is, he wouldn’t have had to be there. Choosing Vietnam When Hagel ﬁnished basic training in Texas, he had been recruited for Ofﬁcer Candidate School but had declined the offer because it would have meant a three-year commitment instead of the two years required of an enlisted man.
He heard the Red Cross would take care of everything. But when Tom got to Vietnam and asked the Red Cross to start the procedure to send his brother home, the Red Cross workers said they’d never heard of such a thing. So, since they were both stuck in the same part of the world, the two thought they could support each other. They didn’t really think they’d serve together, but they hoped to be close enough to at least see each other once in a while. Chuck put in for a transfer to the northern part of the country, near where Tom was serving in the dmz, the demilitarized zone.
These guys were so selﬁsh; they were willing to take down the whole party,” he said. And take it down they did. The gop lost seats in the House and Senate in 1974 as well as in a batch of statehouses. McCollister himself was nearly defeated. The party was bleeding from a selfinﬂicted wound. Hagel said McCollister had had an enormous inﬂuence on him, more inﬂuence than anyone other than his immediate family. “I learned a lot from him,” Hagel said: “how to do this business the right way, the honorable way, the honest way.