Chuck Hagel wanted oil, not figs

Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary?

Here’s an interesting quote from former Senator Chuck Hagel, who has been mentioned as the next Secretary of defense:

“People say we’re not fighting for oil. Of course we are,” said the Republican Senator from Nebraska Chuck Hagel to law students of Catholic University last September. “They talk about America’s national interest. What the hell do you think they’re talking about? We’re not there for figs.”

It’s refreshing to see a politician actually say the truth on a controversial topic. Of course, it would have been better if he had said it in 2002, but that level of honesty is probably to much to ask from most members of Congress.

Now, the big question is whether this will affect a potential nomination. Since Hagel hasn’t been formally introduced, I think another, less controversial candidate will emerge. My guess would be a moderate Republican who will have an easier time gaining confirmation.