But as far as old Bill Occam and I are concerned, the most plausible explanation for why President Obama nominated Chuck Hagel is that . . . he wanted to. He thinks Chuck Hagel will be effective in administering the national-security policy of candidate Obama circa 2007 or 2008, and even of President Obama circa 2009. And that’s the policy President Obama is interested in pursuing in his second term. In other words, the reason President Obama’s defense nominee sucks is that President Obama’s defense policy sucks.
More accurately, in my opinion: Obama’s secretly-desired defense policy sucks. His public defense policy is merely incompetently administered.
PS: I really don’t know how the Hagel thing will go down, at this point. I do know that expecting the White House to admit to anything being wrong if they can possibly avoid it is a mug’s game.