Surprise! Iran Thrilled By Chuck Hagel Nomination

A Secretary of Defense who’s soft on Iran and an Israel hater would match his boss

(CBS News) Iran’s Foreign Ministry says it is hopeful the appointment of former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon would improve relations between Tehran and the U.S.

Asked about Hagel’s nomination, ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Tehran was hopeful that there would be “practical changes” to U.S. foreign policy, and that nations would change their attitude towards the U.S. if it respected their rights.

Hagel’s nomination is causing jitters in Israel, on the other hand, where some view the former Nebraska senator as unsympathetic or even hostile.

This is typical of the political Left both in the United States and around the world, who would like to see Israel reduced back to the 1967 borders, if not totally eliminated, and often seem to see Iran as little darlings who are completely misunderstood. Iran with nukes? Bah. Stop looking under you bed for the boogeyman.

Hagel further refused to sign a letter asking the EU to designate Hezbollah a terrorist nation, and wanted to treat Hamas, a known and violent Islamist terrorist group, “pragmatically”.

On the notion of Hagel being anti-gay, there is disagreement. The Log Cabin Republicans are at odds with GOProud. I’m on the side of GOProud, I don’t see one comment as being anti-gay. But, consider if Hagel was being appointed by a Republican president: do you think the Liberals and Progressives would be up in arms over saying ““openly and aggressively gay” about another appointee? Instead, the vast majority on the left are ignoring the issue.

It’s his views on Islamists that is most troubling: he’s soft. He’s soft on Iran and terrorist groups. He also wants to cut the military to the bone. Granted, we need cuts. There is no need for so many over-seas bases post-cold war. Nor as many big weapons programs in the new paradigm of fighting terrorism. But, Hagel doesn’t have the experience to run the Pentagon.

Hagel’s nomination goes hand in hand with that of John Brennan for CIA director, whom Powerline terms an Arabist, partly due to his own anti-Israel leanings.

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Comment by john
2013-01-08 11:20:51

Hagel will be I believe the first enlisted man (E-5) to become SOD. His appointment has not been contested by either Israel or AIPAC. After being drafted into the Army and sent to German he volunteered for Vietnam where he served in a combat position in the Mekong delta. He knows what war is like. And Teach don’t forget American Jews voted 2 to 1 for Obama. Who knows better what our policies to Israel should be: you? or them ? Your attitude towards their opinions is as best patronizing and at worst insulting. American Jews support Hagel.

 
Comment by Anne
2013-01-08 11:23:11

I am very wary of Chuck Hagel,
but not for any of the reasons
which you have submitted here
for our consideration. It is my
vivid recollection that, when
both of them were Congressmen,
Chuck Hagel often voted with his
ol’ buddy, Democrat Bob Kerry,
frequently in opposition to his
fellow Republicans. He is a Rino,
and a weasel, and his service in
Viet Nam is questionable, also.

 
Comment by john
2013-01-09 12:29:49

The biggest Israeli lobby AIPAC has been silent so far. I think high time to have a former enlisted man as SOD. Enlisted men know what war is like. We would have a lot fewer wars if the generals were in the front lines.

 
Comment by gitarcarver
2013-01-09 12:45:38

We would have a lot fewer wars if the generals were in the front lines.

My goodness you are stupid.

Wars are declared by Congress – not generals.

The Secretary of Defense does not report to the Congress, it is part of the Executive Branch.

Generals do not reach the rank by joining one day and suddenly being declared a general. They too rise through the ranks.

Every time we think you cannot say something more ridiculous, you do.

 
Comment by Anne
2013-01-10 07:39:00

3.The biggest Israeli lobby AIPAC has been silent so far. I think high time to have a former enlisted man as SOD. Enlisted men know what war is like. We would have a lot fewer wars if the generals were in the front lines.

Comment by john— January 9, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

John, your stupidity is exceeded only by your, well, by your stupidity. :)

 

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