President Obama on Monday nominated former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Appearing with the two men in the East Room of the White House, Obama called Hagel “the leader that our troops deserve” and a “champion of our troops” and of military veterans and families. He said Hagel would be the first person of enlisted rank and the first Vietnam War veteran to head the Defense Department. Most importantly, Obama said, “Chuck knows that war is not an abstraction.”
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