Would Chuck Hagel Endanger America’s National Security Interests?

January 10, 2013
Written by D. L. Gary Pandol

Who is Chuck Hagel, the man President Obama nominated for United States Secretary of Defense? Is Hagel’s public record any indication that he would be a liability to the nation’s top security team?

Hagel, like the President, has made statements suggesting that the U.S. military needs to be diminished in terms of its strength and capabilities. 

A former Nebraska U.S. Senator, Hagel has been acting as an advisor to the Obama administration. Consider Hagel’s statements and actions enumerated below. It will become clear why this President chose Chuck Hagel:

– Hagel has openly denounced any sanctions or military action against Iran and continues to advocate negotiations despite the fact that Iran now stands as a nuclear threshold state and U.S. – Iranian negotiations during the Bush administration and now the Obama administration have been an abysmal failure.

Indeed, to save face, President Obama has now reversed his own policy stance and stated that Iran can now enrich uranium on their own soil for peaceful purposes. Meanwhile, Iran has continued to defy the U.S. and enriched uranium for military use. [See http://www.memri.org/report/en/print6712.htm].

How can a U.S. President trust Iran to enrich uranium for civilian use after Iranian officials have called for Israel and the United States to be destroyed and have made public declarations that they will enrich uranium for nuclear fuel-powered submarines and enrich uranium to 90%, the same level needed for the production of a nuclear bomb;

– Hagel has also advocated for open engagement with terrorists groups such as Hamas and Hizballah. Both groups are sponsored in part by Iranian money;

– Hagel was only one of 12 Senators who refused to declare Hizballah a terrorist organization despite knowledge that Hizballah is known for terrorism and the murder of Americans and American military personnel;

– Hagel supports terrorists in the Palestinian movement who want to destroy all of Israel, calling terrorism mere “tactics”;

– Hagel opposed the 2003 Syria Accountability Act authorizing sanctions on Syria for its support of terrorism and its illegal occupation of Lebanon. He refused to vote. In 1998, he met with Syrian dictator, Hafez Al-Assad, a state-sponsor of terrorism and stated to a reporter that peace “doesn’t come at the end of a bayonet or the end of a gun.” [See http://www.nysun.com/editorials/hagar-the-horrible/2996/]

It’s time to remind Mr. Hagel that the free world would not be free today if the United States and our allies did not fight and defeat evil regimes on the battlefield such as Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. It has been at the end of bayonets, guns, and bombs, not negotiations, that wars have ended and victory has been achieved by the U.S. and our allies;

– Hagel in 1999 was the only Senator who refused to sign a letter condemning anti-Semitism in Russia;

– Hagel is also known for criticizing Israel and the American Jewish community for working with Congress and participating in talks with administration officials on issues concerning the national security interests of both the U.S. and Israel. He refers to such communications as “intimidation” by the “Jewish lobby.” [Aaron David Miller’s 2008 book, “The Too Much Promised Land”]

Meanwhile, Hagel fails to make any public mention of the Arab lobby on Capitol Hill or Muslim Brotherhood meetings at the White House and State Department, as well as the lobbying efforts by other Islamist groups and governments such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and others that enjoy the President’s extended open door policy to Islamists and their state sponsors.

Indeed, groups associated with Al-Qaeda are the very jihadists Chuck Hagel would have us “negotiate.”

This kind of foreign policy approach to terrorism will further diminish the standing and trust the United States has enjoyed among our allies as a nation prepared to fight and win the global war against Islamic terrorists.

Furthermore, degrading America’s stance on defeating terrorism will embolden terrorists and their state sponsors such as Iran and therefore contribute to putting Americans at greater risk, threatening America’s security both here at home and abroad.

Contact your Senators and make clear that you expect a NO vote on Hagel at the upcoming Senate confirmation hearings.

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