Beltway Happenings
Sept. 6, 2005--Marking the fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the New America Foundation held a policy forum on "Terrorism, Security, and America's Purpose: Towards a More Comprehensive Strategy."  Among those addressing the forum were Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) [not pictured], Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.), and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE).
Sen. Hagel argued the threat of extremism poses challenges similar to the time after World War II.  He said the United States needs "to build upon what we have, what we have accomplished" by enlarging and enhancing the institutions created after World War II.   Hagel urged "a wider lens appreciation of the world."  He said we are experiencing "the most significant global generational shift in the history of man," and that it is essential to focus on not losing the next generation.  "A little less arrogance would help all the way around," Hagel said, prompting applause.  He further stated that, "It's not unpatriotic to challenge policy."
Asked about his Hagel button, Jon Basil Utley, a self-described Reagan Republican, said Sen. Hagel knows the military, is a man of the world, and has political courage.  Of other 2008 prospects Utley said that "most of the conservatives know nothing about the outside world."
New America Foundation
Sen. Chuck Hagel
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