In the spirit of the day after Purim (or in some places, the day of) ...
Here are my top five reasons why Chuck Hagel should be confirmed as Secretary of Defense by the U.S. Senate:
#5 Military experience!!!!!
#4 What Obama wants, Obama gets. Or else.
#3 He'll keep those uppity
neocons Jews in their place.
#2 What difference at this point does it make if Iran gets the bomb?
And the #1 reason ...
... Every country needs a SecDef who perpetually looks like he's just been dragged out of bed after a long night of heavy partying.
On a more serious note, everyone should read Barry Rubin's column "Why It's in Everyone's Interests that the Hagel Nomination be Defeated." It most definitely is. And it most certainly won't be. A pity.