Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel will soon have a new role in the Obama administration, he will be named co-chair of President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.
In that capacity, Hagel will be charged with overseeing the work of the intelligence agencies for the president and investigating violations of law by the clandestine community. The panel, formerly known as the Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, was renamed and stripped of some of its powers in 2008 by the George W. Bush administration.
Hagel never endorsed Obama or Arizona Senator John McCain for the presidency, but he often spoke out on in favor of Obama’s foreign policy ideas during the campaign and his wife endorsed Obama just before the election.
Hagel is a very strong pick when it comes to foreign policy. I’m sure a lot of Republicans are seething over this, but let them. Hagel is a Republican and one who came to their senses about the Iraq War. He’s willing to go against the party if he feels something is right, and that’s the kind of leadership we need.