What is Hagel Talking About?

Before Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, can direct the country’s national defenses, he must first defend himself against charges that he’s weak on defending Israel, opposes sanctions against Iran, yet thinks he can bring that tumultuous, nuclear-minded country to the table.

The first thing Hagel should get straight is that he’s applying for the position of Secretary of Defense, not Secretary of State.  His future job is to make sure our armed forces are prepared if the sanctions don’t work and the only table Iran will come to is the Israeli’s will be hiding under when the nuclear missiles start flying.  We may even be cowering under a table before it’s all over.

Hagel said in 2006 that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people” on Capitol Hill, then added, “I’m not an Israeli senator; I’m a United States senator.”

Iran intimidates a lot of people, too, and not just on Capitol Hill.  The Muslim Brotherhood has free access to the White House.  Israel has been our staunchest ally and the only stable democracy in the Middle East.  Hagel opposes a pre-emptive strike against Iran by either Israel or the United States.  In a 24/7 news cycle, decidedly slanted towards the Left, a preemptive strike would be a strike against the West.  Then again, a first-strike by Iran would be greeted with victorious cheering, too.   The West needs to defend itself not just militarily but politically.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, said any defense nominee must have “a full understanding of our close relationship with our Israeli allies, the Iranian threat and the importance of having a robust military.”

According to Fox News, McConnell told ABC’s “This Week” that Hagel, a Nebraska Republican who left the Senate in 2009, has “certainly been outspoken in foreign policy and defense over the years. The question we will be answering, if he’s the nominee, is do his views make sense for that particular job?”

McConnell said he would “wait and see how the hearings go and see whether Chuck’s views square with the job he would be nominated to do.”

Hagel’s myopia about bringing Iran to the table, especially without sanctions, is a blot on his resume.  Only two things could bring Iran into an “agreement” with the West:  the dissolution of Israel, and an awful lot of money, money the United States, with a $16 trillion debt, doesn’t have.

The best defense is not betraying an ally.



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