“your not a member of the Taliban are you?” No, Chuck he’s Indian and a Professor at the University your speaking at.
SoD Hagel probably didn’t mean anything by the remark but can you imagine say Rand Paul Saying something like that? Is this the smartest guy for the job?
Meanwhile over at the Pentagon:
Washington (CNN) — The Pentagon unveiled plans Tuesday for fully integrating women into front-line and special combat roles, including elite forces such as Army Rangers and Navy SEALs.
While Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine and special forces commanders detailed steps they will take, not all shared the same comfort level with the initiative, raising potential real-world scenarios that must be addressed before moving too far forward.
I was actually at the event, and this is completely out of context. A woman from the Associated Press tried to ask a question, and media wasn’t allowed to ask questions at the event. She was in the back of the room, and Hagel probably couldn’t see her, so he asked the Taliban question.
Once they got the mic away from her they gave it to Professor Gandhi. After the event, he had only good things to say, and today came out with a statement affirming that.
It was a stupid misunderstanding.