Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 | 2 a.m.
A major responsibility of a president of the United States is to defend and protect the Constitution. To assist in that effort, we have all the forces of the military and intelligence services. The largest agency in that endeavor is the Defense Department.
The president appoints the person who is considered the best to hold the position of secretary of defense.
That person is there to assist in that profound responsibility and must have the complete confidence of the president. For the Senate, through the constitutional provision of “advice and consent,” to decide that the president’s best choice is not to its liking, may force the appointment of a second choice.
Is that what the country wants to live with? Notwithstanding the quality of the next appointment, it will still be the second choice.