Chuck Hagel’s obviously solid connections to the Establishment’s Insiders — his membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and his promotion of an internationalist foreign policy in the CFR's Foreign Affairs magazine — are not receiving the attention they deserve.
Charles Timothy (Chuck) Hagel started life in North Platte, Nebraska, in 1946. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War alongside his brother. Both were wounded when a Claymore mine exploded near them and both received decorations, one given to Chuck for saving his brother’s life.
From 1971 to 1977, he served on the staff of Republican U.S. Representative John McCollister. McCollister’s earned anywhere from 20 to 60 percent in the "Conservative Index," a congressional scorecard now published by The New American under the name "Freedom Index." For the next three years, he was a lobbyist in Washington. He supported Ronald Reagan’s bid for president and was awarded with the job of Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration. He left that post in 1982 to join with others in forming a cellphone company that was very successful. Sold to AT&T in 1998 for $1.5 billion, Hagel’s share of that transaction made him a millionaire.
In 1992, he returned to Nebraska, where he won election to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and was reelected in 2002. During his 12 years in the Senate, his percent scores in the "Conservative Index"/"Freedom Index" were generally in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
In 2000, the Annual Report of the world-government-promoting Council on Foreign Relations listed him for the first time as a member. His CFR membership has continued ever since.
In its July/August 2004 issue, the CFR’s Foreign Affairs published Hagel’s essay entitled “A Republican Foreign Policy.” It contains:
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