90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Chuck Hagel And The Nomination For Secretary Of Defense

Republican former Sen. Chuck Hagel and the nomination for secretary of defense. We’ll hear supporters and critics.

President Obama announces that former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is his nominee for secretary of defense in the White House Monday. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

President Obama announces that former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is his nominee for secretary of defense in the White House Monday. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

President Obama rolled out nominations for the top of his second term national security team yesterday.  John Brennan for CIA director, and former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.

Hagel, a decorated Vietnam veteran, would be the first former infantryman to serve at the very top of the Pentagon.  Supporters see him as the right man for the moment.  But criticism has come fast and furious, even before the nomination, from opponents who don’t like his stance on Israel, on Iran, on war.

This hour On Point:  the US military in the world, the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

David Ignatius, foreign affairs correspondent for the Washington Post. (Twitter – @IgnatiusPost)

Peter Beinart, editor of OpenZion.com at the Daily Beast and author of The Crisis of Zionism. (Twitter – @PeterBeinart)

Danielle Pletka, Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and author of Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran, (Twitter – @dpletka)

 

From Tom’s Reading List

Frist Read, NBC News: First Thoughts: Hagel — a man without a party, and a man who has a tough confirmation fight ahead.

The Weekly Standard: Mr. Hagel and the Jews. Nebraskan Jewish activists and officials have said he was hostile, and none—including Obama supporters and Democratic party activists—have come forward to counter that allegation.

Salon: The private war of Chuck and Tom Hagel. After saving each other’s lives in combat, Chuck Hagel, the future Republican senator of Nebraska, and his brother Tom fought about Vietnam and Iraq — until they finally saw eye to eye.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Jan 27, 2015
Leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. (AP)

A leftist victory in Greece, and anti-austerity pushback across Europe. We’ll ask where this goes.

Jan 27, 2015
As any ant knows, building a reliable team can be hard. (Flickr / Guildmn20)

From Silicon Valley to your office, some teams work better – and smarter – than others. We’ll look at the surprising reasons why.

RECENT
SHOWS
Jan 26, 2015
Frederick Daniel Hardy's "Baby's Birthday" (1867) shows a typical Victorian English family at home.  (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

Brush your teeth with soot, stay away from water, wear a steel corset. We’ll talk with the author of “How to be a Victorian.” Strange ways from another age.

 
Jan 26, 2015
Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support to Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.  (AP)

Yemen in turmoil, a new king in Saudi Arabia. We’ll look at what’s next for the Arabian Peninsula. Plus: the President’s trip to the Indian subcontinent.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: January 23, 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

New thoughts on Facebook, new analysis of State of the Union twitter activity and new weekend excitement. New! And exciting!

More »
Comment
 
Meet On Point’s Interns: Spring 2015
Friday, Jan 23, 2015

Good news! We have interns, and they are wonderful, and here they are for the spring term. Meet them digitally, right here.

More »
2 Comments
 
Caller To Author Ron Rash: ‘You Cared About People Like Me’
Thursday, Jan 22, 2015

An unexpected caller from South Carolina brings back guest Ron Rash’s years as a community college professor in a movingly real way.

More »
1 Comment