Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., walks with
Barack Obama as they tour the citadel
in Amman, Jordan, in July 2008.
Photo Credit: The Daily Beast
I don't care if former Senator Hagel served in Vietnam as infantry squad leader with the U.S. Army’s 9th Infantry Division. I don't care that he earned many military decorations and honors, including two Purple Hearts. I only care what he has done lately. And lately he's said some very stupid, defeatist, cowardly things.
When it was popular to do so, he voted to authorize an invasion of Iraq; but when the war became unpopular he became a sharp critic of the war. He was opposed to the surge which later proved successful.
But worst of all, most dangerous of all, most appeasing of all, Hagel has opposed sanctions against Iran. He even believes the military option should never be on the table (1).
As for charges of anti-Semitism against Hagel, I don't buy it. I know his tongue slipped when he assailed “the Jewish lobby,” but his votes on matters Israeli show no prejudice against Jews or Israel.
What America needs to project from her Secretary of Defense is strength but Hagel speaks softly without carrying a big stick. The last time Muslims felt that America would do nothing, they attacked the World Trade Center. God knows what a nuclear Iran would do with Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
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I think it's a policy mistake. And I'm not the only person who thinks its a policy mistake. There are several people within the White House who urged him not to do it.
And I'm opposed to him for one primary reason, and that is [Hagel's appointment] is going to send the wrong message to the Iranian mullahs. They could easily misunderstand that the President is backing away from his commitment not to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, because Hagel has opposed keeping a military option on the table.