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Alan Goldsmith
Alan Goldsmith
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      Alan Goldsmith

      Alan Goldsmith is a national security professional in Washington, D.C. He served as a professional staff member for the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2013.

Hagel’s biggest problem: Inexperience

If Chuck Hagel were hawkish on Iran, unequivocally pro-Israel, and a longstanding supporter of gay rights, he still would not be the right choice for secretary of defense. Fierce criticism of Mr. Hagel’s nomination to head the Pentagon has centered on his general foreign policy bent — in particular his views on Israel and Iran — and his opposition to an ambassadorial selection because the nominee was “openly, aggressively gay.” But it is time to emphasize the biggest problem with Mr. Hagel’s nomination — his lack of managerial and professional qualifications.