Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), who will likely seek the Republican nomination in 2008, commented on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his handling of the war in Iraq during a conference call with reporters. Right on, Chuck.
The concern Iâ€™ve had is, at a very dangerous time, (the) secretary of defense does not command the respect and confidence of our men and women in uniform.
There is a real question about his capacity to lead at this critical time.
I have had many conversations with military leaders about their concern about whatâ€™s happening at the Pentagon and with our force structure.