Hagel Makes Buzz on Social Media
Hagel Ignores Social Media BuzzPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel kept his remarks brief Thursday morning as he addressed military members and their families. Although short, he hit on key points like deep cuts in the military budget, forcing furloughs.
"I couldn't be out here without addressing that with you because I know that furloughs affect, will continue to affect many people here at STRATCOM," said Hagel. Hagel said STRATCOM will remain a core part of keeping the U.S. Safe, referencing the President's pledge this week to cut America's nuclear arsenal by a third.
"Nuclear deterrents have kept world peace since World War II," said Hagel. "It's an absolute in America's defense posture." But those aren't the issues people are talking about on social media. It's his comment Wednesday night on the UNO campus right before he took a question from a professor of Indian descent - asking him if he was a member of the Taliban. Hagel's comment came just after he finished answering a question about negotiating with the Taliban.
Social media lit up Thursday, criticizing the Secretary. Professor Robin Gandhi released this statement in part. "I rose to ask a question, there was apparently some confusion that did not involve me." The Pentagon said Hagel couldn't see the person and no slight toward any individual in the audience was intended.