China Reveals New Carrier Jet Prior to Hagel Visit

Defense secretary visits carrier
Source: Chinese website

China’s military has allowed the public release of the first photographs of a warplane variant deployed on the Liaoning — the aircraft carrier that saw its first visit by U.S. officials this week.

Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Progressivism (Not an April Fool’s Joke)

AP

Do you know what your defense secretary is up to these days? Besides calling for a significant reduction in U.S. military strength, republishing his 2008 memoir, and having his calls ignored by the Ukrainian government?

Well, it seems that former “Republican” senator and self-described ”American” Chuck Hagel has been reiterating his devotion to the progressive cause. The Wall Street Journal reports [emphasis mine]:

Updated Hagel Memoir Fails to Mention Son’s Pot Arrest, Fuels Concern Over Citizenship

Chuck Hagel, self-professed American (AP)

Defense secretary and former almost presidential candidate Chuck Hagel has published an updated version of “America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers,” the memoir you probably didn’t even know he wrote back in 2008.

Hagel’s attempt to cash in on his newfound celeb status features a new four-page introduction that is stacked with pearls of wisdom such as: “Long-term challenges that require long-term resolutions for America and the world will only come through understanding and respect for one another’s points of view and consensus.”

What this new version does not contain, however, is any mention of his son Charles Ziller “Zilla Thrilla” Hagel’s arrest for marijuana possession in May 2012, months before President Obama nominated Hagel for secretary of defense. The charges were ultimately dismissed last year.

Israeli Government Says Missile Defense Needs More Funding

Obama’s budget does not allocate enough to defend Israel
Israeli Iron Dome missile is launched / AP

The Israeli government is asking Congress to significantly increase the amount of funding it receives for joint missile defense programs under President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget, contradicting administration claims that it has fully satisfied the Jewish state’s defense needs.

Hagel: Year One

Celebrating Chuck Hagel's first anniversary as Secretary of Defense