Another clue perhaps as to why Chuck Hagel was forced out of the Obama Administration as soon as he was brought in – sane figures don't have a long shelf life in Washington
Here is a newsbit that your mainstream media forgot to bring you: Chuck Hagel, the US minister of defense from 2013 to 2015 last month joined The American Committee for East-West Accord.
Probably the most well-known other member of the East-West Accord Committee (at least among Russia Insider readers) is Stephen F. Cohen, the great American Russia scholar. The group came to life last year concerned that US was edging closer to a war with Russia. In their own words:
The Committee for East-West Accord is a nonpartisan, tax-exempt educational organization of American citizens from different professions — business, academia, government service, science, law, and others — who are deeply concerned about the possibility of a new (potentially even more dangerous) cold war between the United States/Europe and Russia.
Our fundamental premise is that no real or lasting American, European, or international security generally is possible without essential kinds of stable cooperation with Russia.
Who is Chuck Hagel? Appointed in 2013 by Obama to offer a sane counterweight to the neocons and cruise missile liberals in Washington's corridors of power he was sacrificed (stepped down under pressure from the White House) to very same lunatics just two years later – apparently because he had stood in the way of their Syria ambitions.
He was an enlisted man in Vietnam serving as infantry Sergeant where he was wounded twice. He is also a former two-time (Republican) senator for Nebraska.