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LETTER: Hagel is not fit for Sec. Def.

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel is everything a Secretary of Defense should NOT be.

He opposed financial sanctions against Iran, he was wrong about troop deployments to Iraq, and one of his many controversial statements was "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people." Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East. Are we going to have both a president and a defense secretary with less than lukewarm support of Israel?

Hagel was co-author of a 2012 report that recommended eliminating the Minuteman land-based ICBM, which could leave America dangerously vulnerable to nuclear weapons. Hello: What about Iran obtaining nuclear weapons and showing us just how much they like the U.S. by sending one our way! North Korea would love to hear that we don't have any ICBM protection.

In addition, Hagel seems to believe that it is OK to slash our military budget, stating in the past that the Pentagon is bloated. His views are certainly contrary to what our current Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has expressed; that cuts to defense would be devastating and "would severely damage our national defense."

The U.S. needs a defense secretary who will stand strong on national security and protecting our nation. Chuck Hagel, by word and by deed, does not fit that job description.

Janet Blackman

Grand Junction

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