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President Obama Nominates Another Vietnam Veteran For Cabinet Post

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Chuck Hagel (Photo: US govt/Senate)

With Monday's nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, and last month's nomination of John Kerry for Secretary of State, President Obama has chosen a foreign policy team headed by Vietnam veterans.

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Michael Hirsh, Chief Correspondent for the National Journal talks about how both the war defined the world view of both men, and another shared trait: both men have been trusted foreign policy mentors to the President since Obama was a freshman senator.

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