Confirm Chuck Hagel, but have him answer questions

By George Will

The Washington Post

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

Speaking of the imperial presidency, do you believe that the use of drones to target specific individuals means presidents have an unreviewable power to kill whomever they define as enemies? Do you favor "signature strikes" wherein drones attack not identifiable individuals but groups of young males whose characteristics match the "signature" of terrorists?

In 1949, one of NATO's founders said its purpose was "to keep the Americans in (Europe), the Germans down and the Russians out." What is its purpose now? Given that U.S. military spending is three times larger than the combined spending of NATO's other 27 members, is it not obvious that those nations feel no threat?

Bonus question: Might fewer than 54,000 U.S. forces in Germany suffice to defend that country, or Western Europe, from whatever threat they are there to deter?

George Will's email address is georgewill@washpost.com.

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