by Greg Campbell
President Obama announced today that he will nominate former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel for the position of Secretary of Defense. While Hagel is a Vietnam vet, many contend that his positions on key foreign policy issues make him woefully ill-suited for the high position.
Most notably, critics are concerned about Hagel’s decidedly anti-Israel stances and lenient outlook regarding Iran. At a time when Israel is under the constant threat of attack from Hamas, Obama’s willingness to appoint an anti-Israel Secretary of Defense signals a lack of commitment to our allied relationship with Israel.
Further, Hagel has been vocal in his opposition to sanctions against Iran, even as Iran develops a nuclear weapon.
“The Hagel nomination represents the return of the radical Barack Obama, hitherto hidden under an opportunistic anti-terror persona.
There is, as Bill Kristol observed last week, ‘no case for Hagel.’ His supporters cannot cite any substantive reason he should be Secretary of Defense; instead, they argue that ‘Hagel must be appointed in order to spite many of his critics.’ Peter Beinart of the Daily Beast confirms that assessment with his weak defense of Hagel this morning: he must be appointed, Beinart argues, to destroy ‘the Republican foreign policy establishment.’
Not to defend the country, not to strengthen our military, but to win a political argument…
The case against Hagel is clear. He has opposed sanctions on Iran while supporting negotiations with Hamas, the terrorist Palestinian group. He voted for the Iraq war but opposed it at a time when pulling out would have led to civil war and genocide. He has openly expressed bigotry against gays (for which he has offered a belated apology). He prefers a smaller military and a humbler America on the world stage. As does Obama.”
Obama has a long history of appointing highly controversial people to high positions. Obama has picked Senator John Kerry for the Secretary of State position, despite the many irregularities in his service record and Kerry’s slanderous accusations against his fellow soldiers. Of course, Kerry is substantially less-controversial than Obama’s previous pick for the job, Ambassador Susan Rice, who earned the ire of many on the right and left for her willingness to push a false narrative concerning the Benghazi attack. Obama also appointed Tim Geithner, a tax-cheat, to the Secretary of the Treasury and Eric Holder to the Attorney General position. Holder’s nefarious dealings with voter fraud issues and the infamous Fast and Furious scandal has left a blight on the jJustice Department that will last for decades.
And now, Obama has nominated a man who has taken sides with Hamas and has railed against the “Jewish lobby.”
Obama’s controversial selections for appointment have been noticeable in his first term and will likely only be more conspicuous as he now has “more flexibility” in his second. America will have to wait and see how the confirmation process goes, but Obama’s policy of doing what he wants will likely win out.