Chuck Hagel is unqualified and ill-qualified to become America’s Secretary of Defense. Hagel is too cozy with enemies of the U.S. and is openly hostile towards Israel, one of America’s closest allies. According to FOX News, Hagel “appeared to agree with the assertion that America is ‘the world’s bully’” and that he has “complained about the ‘Jewish lobby.’” Yahoo! News noted Hagel’s beliefs about the “‘Jewish lobby’ and its influence on American-Israeli ties.” According to Senator John Cornyn (R), “Hagel voted against a 2007 measure that called for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to be designated a terrorist group;” “In July 2008, Hagel recommended that Washington go beyond direct talks and establish a U.S. diplomatic mission in Tehran;” “in his 2008 book, ‘America: Our Next Chapter,’ Hagel appeared to suggest that the United States could live with a nuclear Iran;” and, “Hagel wants us to be softer on the Iranians, he thinks we should be tougher on the Israelis.” Given Hagel’s dubious track-record, the nonprofit organization SecureAmericaNow.org has been lobbying against his confirmation as U.S. defense secretary. SecureAmericaNow has provided a set of resources enabling concerned citizens to help block President Obama’s move to confirm Senator Hagel.
The organization has created an online “PETITION TO STOP THE NOMINATION OF FORMER SENATOR CHUCK HAGEL TO SERVE AS U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENSE” which you can quickly sign by clicking here. SecureAmericaNow has provided a link in which you can find your two senators and easily contact them and tell them to oppose Hagel’s confirmation. The group has written an excellent, concise document with talking points you can use when lobbying your senators and/or discussing the Hagel nomination with friends and colleagues. SecureAmericaNow has made their talking points, entitled “Information Packet: Chuck Hagel’s Record,” freely available at this link. The group encourages you to distribute the information packet electronically and/or by printing it. SecureAmericaNow published an article just today entitled “Why are al-Jazeera and Iran Applauding the Nomination of Chuck Hagel? Tell Your Senators to ‘Vote No’ on Hagel.” The article contains a feature making it easy for you to distribute. Here are some highlights:
… Even more frightening are Hagel’s own Senate record and words, littered with anti-American initiatives. On Arab television, Hagel declared America, the “Bully of the World.”
FACT: Hagel opposed designating Hezbollah a terrorist group.
FACT: Hezbollah is the terror organization responsible for murdering 243 U.S. Marines in Lebanon.
FACT: Hagel advised President Obama to carry on negotiations with Hamas.
FACT: Hamas trains, supplies and dispatches suicide bombers and civilian-targeted rockets in its effort to destroy Israel. …
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