Despite the whirlwind of controversy over Obama’s pro-Iran pick for Secretary of Defense, the President has still not withdrawn his nomination of Chuck Hagel for the office. Since President Obama is insisting on Hagel, it looks like he will probably get a pass, despite the mountain of evidence that he’s out of step with most of America.
While high majorities of Americans support our ally Israel as our most important partner in the Middle East, Hagel is not pro-Israel. And despite the concern expressed by so many Americans that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are dangerous, Hagel is not strongly against them.
Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz and 13 other Senators from across the country, have sent a letter TODAY to the White House correctly pointing out that an office like Secretary of Defense should be led by someone who has bipartisan support, which Hagel does not. This extraordinary action by Senators opposed to Hagel’s nomination is NOT receiving much attention in the mainstream press.
|While Senator Hagel’s erratic record and myriad conversions on key national security issues are troubling enough, his statements regarding Iran were disconcerting.More than once during the hearing, he proclaimed the legitimacy of the current regime in Tehran, which has violently repressed its own citizens, rigged recent elections, provided material support for terrorism, and denied the Holocaust.Regarding U.S. policy on Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, Senator Hagel displayed a seeming ambivalence about whether containment or prevention is the best approach, which gives us great concern. Any sound strategy on Iran must be underpinned by the highly credible threat of U.S. military force, and there is broad bipartisan agreement on that point.If Senator Hagel becomes Secretary of Defense, the military option will have near zero credibility. This sends a dangerous message to the regime in Tehran, as it seeks to obtain the means necessary to harm both the United States and Israel.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), et. al.
While it’s unlikely that Obama will withdraw Hagel’s nomination, the concerns expressed by Senators Cornyn, Cruz, and others who signed the letter, remain valid.
Never before in American history have American troops been led by someone as divisive as Hagel. His views on Iran are as dangerous as his lack of support for Israel is troubling. A good choice for Secretary of Defense needs to have support from both parties in Congress, and despite weeks of lobbying, and one disastrous committee hearing, Chuck Hagel has failed to put too many questions to rest.
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and to thank Senators Cornyn and Cruz of Texas
and all the Senators who signed his letter.
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Dan Coats (R-IN)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Jim Risch (R-ID)
Mike Barrasso (R-WY)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Tim Scott (R-SC)