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Chuck Hagel Biography

US Secretary of Defense and former US Senator (R-NE)
Con to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"

“On Cuba, I’ve said that we have an outdated, unrealistic, irrelevant policy… It’s always been nonsensical to me about this argument, ‘Well, it’s a communist country, it’s a communist regime.’ What do people think Vietnam is? Or the People’s Republic of China? Both those countries are WTO members. We trade with them. We have relations. Great powers engage… Great powers are not afraid. Great powers trade.'”

Late Edition, CNN, Feb. 2008,

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 24th US Secretary of Defense, Feb. 27, 2013-present
  • Former member, Secretary of Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee
  • Former Chairman, Atlantic Council
  • Former Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • Former Co-Chairman, President Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board
  • US Senator (R-NE), 1997-2009
  • Former Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and the Senate Climate Change Observer Group
  • Deputy Commissioner General of the United States, 1982 World’s Fair
  • Chief Operating Officer, Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Summit), 1990
  • President, McCarthy & Company, 1992-1996
  • Co-founder and President, Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc., 1982-1992
  • Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration, 1980-1982
  • Lobbyist, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, 1977-1980
  • Chief of Staff, Nebraska Congressman John Y. McCollister, 1971-1977
  • Sergeant, US Army (Vietnam), 1967-1968
  • BA, History, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1971
  • Attended Wayne State College
  • Attended Kearney State College
  • Born on Oct. 4, 1946 in North Platte, Nebraska
  • Nominated to be Secretary of Defense by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in a 58-41 vote
  • Former senior member, Senate Foreign Relations, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Intelligence Committees
  • Former chair, Foreign Relations International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion Subcommittee, and Banking Committee’s International Trade and Finance, and Securities Subcommittees
  • Former President and CEO, USO (United Service Organizations)
  • Former President, Private Sector Council
  • Recipient, Bronze Heart and Purple Star
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?