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Danielle Pletka
Danielle Pletka
Vice President of Foreign & Defense Policy Studies, AEI
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      Danielle Pletka

      Danielle Pletka is the vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Are Hagel’s principles Obama’s too?

Hopes were high for newly elected Senator Chuck Hagel in 1997, but they faded fast. It soon became clear that Hagel’s early public persona --- defense hawk, ardent internationalist --- would evolve. Hagel’s distaste for sanctions of all kinds was an early manifestation of what would ultimately be a take on Iran so soft that the unkind might label his views “pro.” Only a principled few wish to protect the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps from designation as a terrorist entity. Not many view Barack Obama’s minuet with Ayatollah Khamenei as insufficiently ardent.