William S. Cohen, Robert M. Gates and now Chuck Hagel [“Chuck Hagel, John Kerry share more than spotlight,” news article, Dec 15]? It’s no wonder the Democratic Party finds it difficult to shake the false accusation that only Republicans can be trusted with our national security. Democratic presidents reinforce that idea with each Republican they appoint as defense secretary.

If the White House is convinced that a show of bipartisanship must be made with its upcoming Cabinet appointments, why not make it with some other position? It would be interesting to see whether the House of Representatives would be as eager to hold a Republican attorney general in contempt as it has been with Eric Holder.

Dan Milstein, Washington