Thursday, February 14, 2013

And more Hagel woes....

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) filed for cloture on the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense late Wednesday afternoon as Republican senators continued to call for additional disclosure of material from Hagel.
Among the requested materials: the full text and details of several speeches Hagel failed to report to the Senate Armed Services Committee that have since been uncovered.
 
Fox News Channel on Tuesday reported on two speeches Hagel failed to disclose as requested, including one given in 2008 to the annual conference of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

Via Washington Free Beacon

And via Commentary,
 
As our former colleague Alana Goodman reports at the Washington Free Beacon, a contemporaneous account of a 2007 speech given by Hagel at Rutgers University claimed the U.S. State Department had become an "adjunct to the Israeli Foreign Minister's Office. These words were recorded in a blog written at that time by Hagel supporter George Ajjan who confirmed the veracity of the post to Goodman.

This statement is consistent with Hagel's 2006 claim that the "Jewish lobby" was intimidating Congress and shows a mindset of hostility to the U.S.-Israel alliance. Ajjan's post about Hagel's speech makes interesting reading today as it demonstrates the former senator's views opposing isolation of Iran, a key point in the context of President Obama's declared policies about Tehran.
 
What to make of a guy who walks away from past positions?  It's worse than the positions themselves.

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